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Dave Johnson: Grizzlies Close Out The Wizards

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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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5 things to know about new Wizards forward Okaro White

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5 things to know about new Wizards forward Okaro White

The Washington Wizards are set to add power forward, Okaro White to their NBA roster. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player.

1. White, 26, is a 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward who played two seasons for the Miami Heat. In 41 total games, White averaged 2.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and shot 38.8 percent from the field. Though he never appeared in games with them, White also spent time with the Cavs, Hawks and Spurs. He also played Summer League for the Mavs and Grizzlies.

2. He has a decent outside shot for a big man. White has shot 35.6 percent from three in the NBA and made 37.5 percent from long range as a senior at Florida State. The fact he's an excellent free throw shooter is also a good sign. White made 79.9 percent from the line in college and has shot 86 percent in the G-League and 88 percent in the NBA.

3. White played with former Wizards first-round pick Chris Singleton in college. White was a freshman, while Singleton was a junior and the star of the team. White was also a starter on the 2011-12 team that won the Seminoles' first-ever ACC championship.

4. Though he's a bit undersized for a big man, White can block shots. He once had four in a game against the Nets on Jan. 25 of 2017 and three against the Sixers in March of that year. 

5. White's mom, Charmaine, was an Olympic athlete who represented Jamaica in track and field.

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Redskins at Cowboys Week 12: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins at Cowboys Week 12: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

It's Dallas week. Again.

The Redskins defeated the Cowboys in Week 7, but when they travel to AT&T Stadium for a Thanksgiving clash with their bitter rivals, things feel a lot different than they were just a few weeks ago. The Redskins will be without quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a gruesome ankle injury this past Sunday against Houston and will miss the remainder of the season.

It's officially Colt McCoy time in Washington, and his first test comes on the road Thursday. The last time McCoy played in Dallas, he led the Redskins to a shocking upset over the Cowboys on Monday Night Football in 2014.

The Cowboys have been playing good football the past two weeks, defeating Philadelphia and Atlanta in each of their respective stadiums. Dallas returns home to host their annual Thanksgiving game, a date they have played on every year but two since 1966. The Cowboys overall record on Thanksgiving is 29-18-1.

The last time the Cowboys hosted the Redskins on Thanksgiving was two years ago, when Dallas defeated the Redskins 31-26. Prior to that, the Redskins defeated the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2012, 38-31.

The Redskins have not had much success on Thanksgiving, with an overall record of 3-10, although they did defeat the New York Giants on Thanksgivng 20-10 last year. Thursday's contest will mark the third consecutive season the Redskins play on Thanksgiving, a franchise record.

The Cowboys lead the all-time series record, 70-45-2.

REDSKINS at DALLAS COWBOYS WEEK 12

Who: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

What: Game 11 of the 2018 NFL regular season

When: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, 4:30 p.m. ET

Where: AT%T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: You can stream Redskins Kickoff Live, Redskins Postgame Live and Redskins Overtime Live right here using the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Dallas, -7.5

Over/Under: 40.5

Weather: 61 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS at COWBOYS TV SCHEDULE:

3:00 PM: Redskins Nation 
3:30 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)
7:30 PM: Redskins Postgame Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)
8:30 PM: Redskins Overtime Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)

Click here to access NBC Sports Washington's Channel Finder 

REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)

Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (20-17, W)

Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (20-13, W)

Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (38-14, L)

Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (16-3 W)

Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (23-21, L)

Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (ESPN)

Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 16: Sat., 12/22, @ Tennessee Titans, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)

Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

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