Wizards: Bradley Beal led with 34 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. John Wall followed with 29 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Markieff Morris rounded out the top 3 with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Yes, that’s not a typo. 17 rebounds. What a beast!
Grizzlies: Tyreke Evans was showing out! He had 26 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 steal. Marc Gasol had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. JaMychal Green had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
Game: I’m a big Marc Gasol and Mike Conley fan so I was pretty excited to watch this game. AND it was on satellite so I didn’t have to worry about the feed crapping out(can I say crapping here?). I didn’t realize that Mike Conley was still injured, or had been re-injured, so that was a bit of disappointment.
The game was led by the Wizards from the very beginning. It was always, or seemed always, to be within 10 until the Grizzlies really started to push at the end. The Wizards have a lot of good talent that seemingly play well together. They have a good mix of age, athleticism and varying talents. Markieff was a beast on the boards. Beal and Wall continue to dominate but it seems like fans and media often forget about the rest of their teammates, and their important contributions. I’m going to do some player profiles over the course of the season so we can acquaint, or re-acquaint ourselves with everyone.
I find the after Christmas/early New Year games to be kind of easy going as everyone is still relaxed coming off of the holidays, and the playoff seeding competitiveness has yet to set in. This game was no different. They play the Bucks next and the Bucks are already worried about playoffs and seeding so I think this is going to be a really competitive game.
Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks at 8 p.m. EST.