Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Memphis Blues

On February 1st, the Memphis Grizzlies knocked off the Washington Wizards by a score 85-76 down in Tennessee. Tonight, the Grizzlies made their lone trip to the Verizon Center for their final meeting of the season with the Wizards, who had won 5 of their last 7 games. Memphis was shorthanded coming into tonight's contest, missing Marc Gasol with a lower abdominal strain.

Now in his third season with Memphis, Grizzlies swing-man Tony Allen is averaging 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game.
Memphis acquired forward Austin Daye from the Detroit Pistons as part of the three-team deal that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto.
Allen lines up a jumper during pregame warmups
Memphis acquired forward Jon Leuer from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this season in exchange for Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, and Josh Selby.
Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter has averaged 6.5 points in 21.6 minutes per game this season in Memphis.
The Wizards were also plagued by injury, and in the case of Trevor Ariza, the flu. Bradley Beal remained out with a sprained ankle. Nene sat out with a sore right knee, and Martell Webster was sidelined with an abdomen strain.

It was a taciturn crowd. Inclement weather seemed to prevent about half of the 17,868 from showing up to the arena. A springtime snowstorm had blanketed the city in white, causing poor driving conditions. The Verizon Center fans had never seemed so unengaged, but fortunately, John Wall was there to engage them.

Wizards forward Cartier Martin tries to elevate over Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph
John Wall is defended by Quincy Pondexter
Wall drives on Tony Allen
Wall goes up against Grizzlies defenders Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince
Wall shoots over Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless
Zach Randolph gets the technical foul
Randolph proceeded to toss his headband into the crowd out of frustration.
Wall drives to the basket against reeling Grizzlies forward Ed Davis
Wall looks to pass over the top of Jerryd Bayless and Ed Davis
Bayless reaches in for the steal on Wall
Wizards center Emeka Okafor takes the jumper
Wall was nothing but smiles after dropping 47 on the Grizz.
Wall gets a hi-five from Cartier Martin after scoring a career-high 47 points.
Wall takes time to acknowledge cheers from the crowd
Wall scored a career-high 47 points to go along with 8 assists and 7 rebounds, as the Wizards cruised to a 107-94 victory over the Grizzlies. Wall's stellar performance captivated an arena in which you could hear a pin drop to start the game. Emeka Okafor added 21 points and 9 assists, taking full advantage of Marc Gasol's absence from the lineup.

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 23 points. Jerryd Bayless and Quincy Pondexter each added 14. It was a frustrating night for Zach Randolph, who only managed 10 points and 7 rebounds, and committed 4 of the Grizzlies 16 turnovers.

The Wizards will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Wednesday night.