The Grizzlies lost their first preseason game to the Wizards, 101-92. Let's get that out of the way. And I'm frustrated because I couldn't even watch the damn thing. Fortunately fellow SBN bloggers over at Bullets Forever caught the action, provided a live twitter feed, and wrapped it up nicely from the Wizards perspective. Check them out.
As far as what I could cull from the boxscore and Bullets Forever's running commentary, the Grizzlies played very deep into this game. They gave the Wizards a good run, but choked away the ending. Both teams shot abysmally from the field and turned the ball over far too often. And then in point-by-point form:
- Rudy Gay got handled by Caron Butler's excellent defense and faster first step on offense, and he didn't do himself any favors by shooting poorly.
- Zach Randolph held onto the ball too long and passed poorly, but was moving the ball. He rebounded well against the inexperienced young Wizards bigs.
- O.J. Mayo was pretty bad out there. He didn't play within himself at all. Hollin's new offense is free flowing, but you still have to play organized ball.
- Sam Young, DeMarre Carroll, and Hasheem Thabeet were all effective, but Carroll and Thabeet fouled way too often.
- Michael Conley was perhaps the lone shining example. Sounds like he controlled Gilbert Arenas and forced him to pass more frequently then Agent Zero normally likes him to. His stats suggest an efficient and effective offensive game.