With head coach Dave Joerger giving Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Tony Allen the game off to rest and recover from injuries, it was an uphill climb for the Memphis Grizzlies in D.C., and at the end of the day the Grizzlies just didn't have enough gas or firepower to remain competitive. Here are my three takeaways from the 107-87 loss:
1) A Fast Start!
Memphis has struggled in first quarters for some time now, but with a ragtag starting five featuring JaMychal Green, Beno Udrih, and Kosta Koufos, the Grizzlies got off to a lightning-quick start. The Grizz led 33-26 at the end of the first quarter, and the lead was nine before a John Wall jumper at the buzzer.
Everything was clicking for Memphis early. Koufos was 4-4 and making jumpers and floaters, JaMychal got on the board with two quick buckets, and the offense was operating at a much faster pace than usual.
Near the end of the quarter, Nick Calathes came in and lobbed up this alley oop pass to Koufos for the slam out of a timeout:
2) ...Then the Rest of the Game Happened
The second quarter went downhill fast, with the Grizzlies' offense falling completely stagnant as the Wizards won the quarter 34-14. Memphis couldn't guard anybody, resulting in Washington shooting 50 percent for the game, and 21 Grizzlies turnovers were also a major factor in the loss.
But while Memphis was thoroughly crushed, we did get to see a healthy dose of the rookies. Jordan Adams, Jarnell Stokes, Russ Smith, and JaMychal Green each played at least 15 minutes, with Green leading the rookies with 13 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes of action.
Stokes also had a solid game, finishing with 13 points and eight boards, and was highly aggressive throughout his 21 minutes, getting tangled up with both Marcin Gortat and Kevin Seraphin.
Oh, and if you're really feeling down about the loss and need something to pick you up, you can watch Otto Porter miss this alley oop dunk over and over again:
3) Jon Leuer Had a Monster Slam (and was Nearly Killed by Kevin Seraphin)
Leuer caught a feed from Jordan Adams on a fast break late in the third quarter, and threw down this vicious slam... before being violently pulled down by Wizards reserve center Kevin Seraphin. Seraphin was given a flagrant two and ejected from the game for the foul, and luckily Leuer was able to continue playing despite the nasty fall.