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John Wall felt disrespected by Grizzlies resting starters

John Wall, Beno Udrih, JaMychal Green, Courtney Lee

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) passes between Memphis Grizzlies guard Beno Udrih (19), forward JaMychal Green (0) and guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Facing the Wizards on national television last night, the Grizzlies rested Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen and didn’t play Mike Conley due to an injury he played through the day before.

The result? A 108-87 Washington victory.

John Wall was pleased with the win, but not exactly how it came.

Wall, via J Michael of CSN Washington:

“That’s how I see it,” said John Wall when asked if he felt Memphis disrespected them by trotting out a starting lineup of Beno Udrih, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, JaMychal Green and Kosta Koufos. “They sit them, I don’t really know the reason why. We’re a team that’s on the rise and teams respect us now and then they don’t respect us. We just wanted to come out and play basketball the right way and get the win no matter what.”

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It’s interesting Wall finds Memphis’ strategy so reprehensible. That’s probably indicative of the Wizards’ old-school ways. At least it’s also a sign Wall continues to buy into Randy Wittman’s approach.

The Grizzlies probably cared very little about their opponent when determining whether or not to rest their key players. More importantly, they were on the second leg of a back-to-back and playing their seventh game in 10 days.

If anything, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Grizzlies – deep in a discussion they wouldn’t make public – rested their players in part because the Wizards are so good. If you’re going to throw away a game, it makes some sense to do it against a team you’re less likely to beat anyway.