Aldama shines in his debut as a starter for the Grizzlies with 18 points and 11 rebounds

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Aldama shines in his debut as a starter for the Grizzlies with 18 points and 11 rebounds

Santi Aldamalived an opening night in his second season of the NBA that he will remember; forever. The 21-year-old player from the Canary Islands appeared in the starting lineup for the Memphis Grizzlies and also finished with more than hopeful numbers in the victory against the Knicksin overtime by 115-112. In the first match of him as a starter finaliz & gu√©; with a ‘double-double’ of 18 points and 11 rebounds and excellent sensations, determined to take advantage of the opportunity that the absence of Jaren Jackson due to injury has given him.

“ I was super focused and above all I tried to play good defense & rdquor ;, he explained. Aldama at the end, to be very grateful to his injured teammates. “They are giving me the advice I need to be on the court and play better,” of a party that counted with the 34 points of Ja Morant for the Grizzlies.

His stat sheet reflected a series of 7 of 14 in field goals (3 of 8 in triples), 11 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 39 minutes on the court. But he also offered He showed a very solid image in defense and in the fight under the boards and also left his mark on the board. some imagery for highlights, like a dunk over Knicks star Julius Randle, although the referees pointed out a technique to him when they finally considered that it caused an injury. to the New York player in the celebration.

His work this summer in the preseason, which forced him & oacute; By giving up the call of the national team, it begins to bear fruit. In his first course, Aldama averaged & oacute; 4.1 points and  2.7 rebounds in eleven minutes on average.

The day was not particularly profitable for the rest of the Spanish players. Willy Hernangómez, the MVP of the last Eurobasket, the one who seemed to have more options to have won the minutes in this preseason did not participate. in the triumph of the New Orleans Pelicans in their visit to Brooklyn (108-130) with 28 points and 7 rebounds from Ingram and 25 points and 9 rebounds from Zion Williamson. Kevin Durant (32 points) was the best for the Nets, where Ben Simmons disappointed. (4 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists)

Juancho's seven minutes

His brother Juancho it premiered in the victory of the Raptors over the Cavaliers (108-105), where Ricky Rubio is still not there. He was ready to rejoin, but the Madrid forward barely had a testimonial role: a rebound and a steal in 7 minutes. Siakam, 23 points, was the best for Toronto, and Donovan Mitchell finished. with 31 points and 9 rebounds in Cleveland.

The other Spanish international, Usman Garuba did not have any minutes either., in the match that his team, Houston Rockets, lost; in Atlanta against the Hawks (117-107).

In one of the expected games of the day, the Phoenix SunsThey were able to take revenge in part on the Dallas Mavericks by coming back with heart and claw from a game that they lost by 22 points with the memory still of their historic failure in the West semifinals.< /p>

Luka Doncic was at a superlative level (35 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists) but failed to score. He hit the faraway 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have given the Mavericks the win. Damion Lee, with a very complicated basket with 10 seconds to go, was the unexpected hero of a Suns team that had Devin Booker (28 points and 9 assists) and Deandre Ayton (18 assists) as benchmarks. points and 10 rebounds).

Equally interesting was the debut of the number one of the last 'draft' Paolo Banchero who came out on top. in his debut in the League (27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists) but his team, Orlando Magic ended & oacute; falling to the Detroit Pistons (113-109).