Dave Johnson: Grizzlies Close Out The Wizards


Dave Johnson: Grizzlies Close Out The Wizards

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 9:35pm

Grizzlies vs. Wizards Game Highlights
By Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comWashington---The Memphis Grizzlies played the night before. It just didnt seem that way. Instead of fading in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies surged and pulled away from the Washington Wizards for a 99-94 victory.Twenty four hours after losing an energy zapping one-point game to the Lakers, the Grizzlies stunned the Wizards by opening the final quarter on a 13- 2 run to break open a close game. It was a fourth quarter of hustle for the Grizzlies who had a 15-8 edge on the boards and a 13-4 advantage on second-chance points.In short that was the game. The Wizards shot 48 percent from the field and had 26 assists including seven each from Randy Foye and Mike Miller. Because of the Grizzlies second-chance opportunities in the fourth quarter they ended upwith ten more shot attempts and five more made field goals for the game than the Wizards.I think overall our effort level was good, noted Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. Memphis is a great rebounding team and we battled on the boards and led for most of the game until we went through that stretch to start the fourth quarter. I thought it was a good solid effort though.At the start of the fourth quarter the Wizards only trailed 69-68 when O.J. Mayo and the Grizzlies reserves took over. While the Wizards struggled to get off a quality shot, Mayo scored seven of his ten fourth quarter points in the opening run. Mayo finished with 17 points.The rest of the Grizzlies starters then joined Mayo to secure the victory. Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 22 points including a three-pointer from the corner to make it 98-84 with 1:53 remaining in the game. To the Wizards credit, they scrambled to put together an 8-0 run to help close the gap at the end.Marc Gasol was also a challenge for the Wizards as he scored 20 points on ten of eleven shooting from the field to help the Grizzlies amass 58 points in the paint.Andray Blatche led the Wizards in scoring for the fourth time in the last five games. While Blatche finished with 24-poiints, he had to continue to adjust to increased defensive pressure in his new role as the Wizards leading scorer. In fact in almost nine minutes played in the third quarter Blatche did not score and only attempted one shot.Andray is going through the learning process right now. I talked to Andray and told him that he has to learn how to make the easy play out, hit our guys and trust his teammates to make plays, Saunders said. Its the first time in five years that he has had someone trying to trap him with the ball. When you have never gone through that it can be a shock to start with but hell continue to get better as he does it.The Wizards were playing their first game without Josh Howard who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Mondays win over the Bulls. While clearly missing Howard as another option and someone who can help open up the floor for Blatche, the Wizards again received quality performances from their other newcomers.Al Thornton, now in the starting lineup in place of Howard, achieved a double-double with 16 points and eleven rebounds. Off the bench James Singleton and Quinton Ross are defensive lightning strikes. Singleton finished with four blocked shots to go with nine point and ten rebounds.What usually happens is that when you lose a player everyone steps into different roles, Saunders added. We liked Al (Thornton) off the bench because he gave us great pop, now he now has to be used in a starting situation. The guys are just adjusting to new roles.

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Turner, Adams power Nats over Giants to end 4-game skid

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Turner, Adams power Nats over Giants to end 4-game skid

SAN FRANCISCO -- Trea Turner got five hits, Matt Adams homered and drove in six runs, and the Washington Nationals broke out of their offensive funk in a big way, routing the San Francisco Giants 15-2 Wednesday to end a four-game losing streak.

The Nationals had totaled just eight runs during their skid. Andrew Stevenson had two doubles, two singles and four RBIs as Washington set season highs for runs and hits (18).

Manager Dave Martinez's ballclub has been stunted by a rash of injuries this season but salvaged the final game of the three-game series at AT&T Park series to end a rough 4-5 road trip. Max Scherzer (5-1) did his part, striking out 10 in six innings.

Turner came into the game batting .232, and the leadoff man's slow start had contributed to the Nationals' struggles. He raised his batting average 35 points, tying a career high for hits in a game. He also scored twice, drove in two runs and stole his 10th base this season.

Adams matched his career best for RBIs. He singled as part of a three-run first, put the Nationals up 6-1 with a three-run homer off Jeff Samardzija (1-1) in the fourth and added a two-run single in the eighth.

The Nationals scored 14 of their 15 runs with two outs.

Scherzer earned his fourth consecutive win, all of them coming after a Washington loss. He allowed two runs and five hits, and reached double figures in strikeouts for the fourth time in six starts this season.

Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval each two hits apiece for the Giants.

Samardzija labored through a 30-pitch first inning and was done after retiring 11 batters. He gave up six runs on eight hits with three walks.


Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman and 2B Howie Kendrick were given the day off.

Giants: Mac Williamson was a late scratch because of neck stiffness, one day after stumbling over the bullpen pitching mound and crashing into a low fence while chasing a foul ball. ... RHP Chris Stratton was placed on the paternity list. ... RHP Roberto Gomez was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 2.97 ERA) pitches against the Diamondbacks on Friday in Washington. He has yielded six earned runs and three homers over his last 13 innings.

Giants: LHP Derek Holland (0-3, 4.98) faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series at AT&T Park on Friday night. Holland is winless in two career starts against the Dodgers.

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

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