The Memphis Grizzlies delivered the Wizards loss number 34 tonight at FedEx Forum, but you could argue that the Wizards played just as big a role in their own demise in the 97 to 92 loss. Despite their hustle and effort, self-inflicted turnovers were a far too common occurrence.
But now on to the Bullets Points:
- A lot of the aforementioned Wizards turnovers came from jumping as they went to pass. You hear all the time from a young age that you should never leave your feet to pass. Unfortunately the Wizards didn’t heed to that advice tonight.
- Tonight was the beginning of the Brian Cook era. Even though he’s reportedly seeking a buyout, he played 8 minutes and his only points came off of a line-drive 3-pointer.
- Edwin Ubiles was signed to a 10-day contract, but didn’t see any playing time.
- He had 22 points tonight, but Jordan Crawford was really frustrating to watch. His shot selection was poor and he continued to take numerous unnecessary dribbles. Neither of those things are new problems for Jordan though. All in all he did shot a respectable 47-percent tonight (8/17). But making bad shots isn’t something you can rely on, obviously.
- Kevin Seraphin had his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Grizzlies back-up point guard Jeremy Pargo put him on a poster when he dunked on him, but Kevin had himself a good game in spite of that. Just go ask Marc Gasol. Seraphin’s defense was giving Gasol a tough time, and Seraphin also pulled the chair out from underneath Gasol, forcing the Memphis 7-footer to fall. I’m really impressed by what Kevin Seraphin has brought to the table in recent weeks. I just hope it continues.
- I don’t know how much worse Andray Blatche can get. Tonight after he embarrassed himself for five minutes on the floor, Randy Wittman benched him for the rest of the game in favor of Brian Cook. If that’s not a sign that your career is done, I don’t know what is.
- There was no hot shooting from Roger Mason tonight. He had 6 points on only 2 of 9 shooting.
- Chris Singleton’s rookies woes are real and well-documented, but tonight he played pretty well. He played 33 minutes — the most he’s played since February 29 — and produced all across the stat sheet. His only points came off of a put-back flush, but he also provided 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 blocks. His defense on Rudy Gay was another story however.
- Gay got off tonight vs. the Wizards with his 27 points and nine rebounds. And ultimately it was Rudy Gay that provided the dagger with a three-pointer with 23 seconds left in the game.
- Simply put, John Wall was electric. Whether it was his three blocks, three steals, his one-man fast breaks, or his alley-oop slam to start the second half, Wall was a lot of fun to watch. If not for his 5 of 10 effort from the free-throw line and his game-high seven turnovers, his stat line would be unblemished. He had 25 points (10/16), 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.
- Tonight’s box score
The Wizards (10-34) will finish up this six-game road trip on Wednesday in Newark, when they take on the New Jersey Nets. That game is also scheduled to be the Wizards debut for Nene.