The Reaction: Washington's Offense is Offensive, Memphis' Prince Has Arrived
Final: Memphis 85, Washington 76, whereas the Wizards scored just 10 second quarter points, Randy Wittman put on a sour face, and Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20) has your reaction…
That game was…
….even more depressing than the Wizards-Sixers game.
For the second consecutive game, the Wizards offense looked completed neutered. After scoring 30 points on 61.9-percent shooting in the first quarter, the Wizards shot 21-percent in the second quarter and scored just 10 points. There wasn’t one player Washington could rely on for a basket. John Wall, even before he sprained his left shoulder, could neither run the offense effectively, nor break down Mike Conley off the dribble and cause havoc in the lane. Either Bradley Beal is the true MVP of the Wiz, or Randy Wittman is losing his team.
On the Wizards, Emeka Okafor and Nene. They combined for 22 points (14 Nene) and 14 rebounds (10 Okafor), which was rather low, considering the tear Okafor has been on — three straight games with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds. Nene pulled down just four boards in 33 minutes, he usually averages 6.8 per 36 minutes. On defense, the Wizards’ 4/5 combo did not let Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph get comfortable and dominate in the paint. Memphis’ duo came into the game averaging a combined 37.9 points; Okafor and Nene held them to just 20 total points. Of course, Gasol and Randolph did grab 26 rebounds between them, but that wasn’t the reason the Wizards lost. That distinction went to…
On the Grizzlies… Darrell Arthur. Tayshaun Prince had the flashier game in his Grizzlies debut with six of his 14 points coming in the fourth quarter, but Arthur’s post defense was the key. John Wall and Jordan Crawford were ineffective, which meant any Wizards scoring would have come via the post play of Nene, Okafor or Kevin Seraphin. Arthur neutralized them all at different points in the second half, making the Wizards’ offense look even more futile and one-dimensional.
John Wall. He gets props for pulling an RGIII and returning to the court after writhing in pain with a strained shoulder in the second quarter. But despite his nine points (including his first 3-pointer of the season), six assists and seven rebounds, Wall did not control the game at all, and he’s taken a step back after a strong start to his season. He turned the ball over four times, and even when his passes did not fall in the Grizzlies’ hands, they were off target. Wall did not put his teammates in a position to succeed.
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