August 9, 2022

Washington Wizards Game 23 Review: Wall struggles as Grizzlies rout Wizards

The Washington Wizards continued their inconsistent and woeful ways Monday night, following up Saturday’s big performance with an abysmal one. The injury-depleted Wizards lost in a blowout to the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-95, at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Wizards really never got things going in this one, going down 57-46 at half with at least some sort of a comeback still in the realm of possibilities. But Memphis came out with nine unanswered points to take a commanding lead that they never lost, especially with the way they were shooting. The Wizards’ defense continued its season-long struggles again, and was allowing open shots the entire night. Memphis shot an incredible 56 percent from the field, including 10 of 15 from 3-point range. In nine December games, the Wizards have held their opponents under 100 points just once.

John Wall put forth perhaps his worst game thus far in 2015, playing only 28 minutes and shooting 2 of 11 from the field. The Grizzlies were led by their All-Pro center Marc Gasol, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Conley  added 18 points and 11 assists. Washington still got some production from the shooting guard position with Bradley Beal sidelined for the third straight game. Gary Neal shot 9 of 14 from the field and finished with 24 points in 31 minutes. Garrett Temple, who actually started ahead of Neal at shooting guard, finished with a disappointing six points in 17 minutes.

Washington has had to outscore their opponents to win games this season, especially this month. Wall came into the night having scored over 26 points in each of the last five games, but he was nowhere near that range tonight, and ended up sitting on the bench a lot more than he is used to. He could never find his rhythm, and even though he had nine assists, the offense did not seem to gel as it did against Dallas on Saturday.

The Grizzlies improved to 14-12 and face the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday to start a two-game road swing. The Wizards fall to 10-13 and have one more game remaining on their four-game road trip. They would love to split it at 2-2, but it is against a formidable foe — the San Antonio Spurs have not lost at home all year. While the Wizards have already beaten the Spurs this year (at home) and handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their first home loss of the season on Dec, 1, if they play anywhere close to the level they did Monday nigth, be braced for another tough one.

About Seamus Kane

Seamus Kane is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Wizards. A native of Silver Spring, MD, Seamus grew up in the area all his life rooting for the Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Caps, and Terps. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a degree in American History and now lives in Washington, DC. His favorite DC sports legend is Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, and his favorite DC sports moment was Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off in the first-ever game at Nationals Park, a game which he attended. You can follow Seamus on Twitter @ShamelessKane

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