The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Washington Wizards behind the play of the new starting five that was deployed the game before.
The win over the Wizards was the second game in a row in which the Grizzlies did not start the game with Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, who is out with a knee injury, but wouldn't be starting anyways, in the lineup. It was the starting lineup that took the Grizzlies to victory.
Point guard Mike Conley rebounded from a rough patch of games by scoring 18 points on 7-14 shooting from the field (2-4 from three) and dishing out 11 assists with only 2 turnovers. He looked more confident than in previous games, which led to him getting in spots that he had scored in so many times before. His floater was falling and he was finally hitting from behind the three-point line.
Courtney Lee and Matt Barnes both had tremendous games on the wings. Barnes was a very good 4-5 shooting from three-point range, while Lee was 3-4 on his own. The ball was swinging to the open wing players and they were hitting their shots.
Lee and Barnes spread the floor.
Aggressive Marc Gasol showed up to play against the Wizards after only shooting 10 times in the loss to the Miami Heat. He shot a team high 17 times and scored 24 points. Big Spain had a well rounded offensive game with 12 rebounds and 6 assists.
Gasol's defense was as good as his offense. He made Marcin Gortat's life difficult as the Polish Hammer was limited to 10 points on 4-11 shooting. The Grizzlies center tallied 3 blocks in the win.
Jeff Green has another impressive game at power forward with 15 points on 6-12 shooting. He continues making plays in all of the space created by Zach Randolph's absence. It looks like he finally figured out how to make plays with his athleticism in the Grizzlies' offense.
New "super" sub Zach Randolph had 8 points and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes, but it was Mario Chlamers that was the Grizzlies' sixth man against the Wizards. The backup point guard played 19 minutes and scored 12 points with 1 assist.
Other than Randolph and Chalmers only two Grizzly subs played, JaMychal Green played 12 minutes and Russ Smith played one. Every starter besides Barnes played over 35 minutes and even he was close at 33 minutes. After the game Coach Joerger said that the rotation will be lengthened because of fatigue.
The San Antonio Spur formerly known as Gary Neal (HE'S STILL IN THE LEAGUE?!?!?!) has been a Grizzly killer since he entered the league. Nothing changed on Monday night when he scored 24 points on 9-14 shooting.
Otherwise the Grizzlies defense looked a bit like the Memphis defense of old. Wizards' point guard John Wall was held to 6 points on 2-11 shooting. He is usually a matchup problem for Conley, but Lee and company stepped up to help limit him.
The Wizards shot 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from three. The Grizzlies also forced 14 turnovers. It was good to see quality Memphis basketball once again.