The slogan for the Memphis Grizzlies‘ season — and it’s printed on the front of their media guide — is “Young and hungry.” That was definitely what we saw tonight out of the visitors. The Wizards, however, appeared to have no hunger or life whatsoever and instead put on a lazy, careless performance and dropped back into the league’s basement with a 10-38 record.
The Wizards committed 17 turnovers for 28 points, they allowed the Grizzlies to outscore them in the paint 50-40, and they gave up 20 fast break points while scoring only four of their own.
Ed Tapscott called this the worst performance he’s seen since taking over as coach. Nick Young said “Young team, they kinda threw us out of our rhythm.” But it should’ve been the other way around. The Wizards, starting all veterans, should’ve been able to throw a young team that started three rookies, out of it’s rhythm and capitalized for their second straight win. But instead, they suffered another shameful defeat.
The game in a nutshell was the last 4:38 of the third quarter. Washington led 75-71 then fell appart, committing six turnovers on six straight trips down the court. The Grizzlies went on a 19-2 run in the final 4:38 of the third and that was the game.
Juan Dixon suffered a bruised elbow early in the fourth quarter and headed to the locker room with it wrapped in ice. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow.