The Washington Wizards lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 107-95 on Tuesday night. Here are five observations from the game...
Disaster: It just keeps getting worse. Yes, there have been injuries and, yes, the schedule to begin this season has been difficult. But there are not enough excuses to make sense of what is now a 1-6 start for the Wizards.
They have reached what they can only hope is rock bottom. They have lost four straight games, and three straight to teams they are more talented than on paper.
The Wizards are off to their worst seven-game start since the 2012-13 season. Now they return home for a tough matchup against the Thunder on Friday night.
Lots of threes: On most nights, the way the Wizards shot threes against the Grizzlies would have led to a win and probably an easy one. They hit 40 percent from the perimeter, making 14 of their 35 attempts.
For some context, they entered this game 24-6 since John Wall entered the league in 2010 when they make 14 threes or more. Those odds did not hold up in this one.
Too many turnovers: The Grizzlies are one of the best defensive teams in basketball, but that was no excuse for the amount of turnovers the Wizards committed on Tuesday night.
By halftime, the Wizards had 13 turnovers as a team. John Wall had six of them himself, and Bradley Beal had three.
The Wizards finished with 20. Wall led them all with nine, two off his career-high. It was the ninth time he's had nine turnovers or more.
For Wall, the mistakes were mostly a result of him not taking care of the ball on drives to the rim. It's one thing to stay aggressive, but the giveaways were certainly costly. They trailed by as many as 19 points in this game.
Flu-bre game: Kelly Oubre Jr. nearly missed this game with flu-like symptoms, as he was only cleared to play as a game-time decision. That led to some natural predictions for an Oubre Flu Game, or a Flu-bre Game, if you will. To his credit, he battled through to have a solid night.
After the Wizards opened the second half on the wrong end of an 18-1 run by the Grizzlies, Oubre helped spark the Wizards and bring them back into the game. It started with a steal and a fastbreak slam and continued over the course of several minutes as Oubre was rewarded over and over for being aggressive on both ends of the floor.
Oubre had 10 points in the third quarter alone and finished with 16. He also had two steals and a block.
M.A.S.H. unit: The road-weary Wizards played the Grizzlies with a host of players either out due to injury or playing through something.
Dwight Howard was out yet again as he continues to deal with a strained piriformis muscle. Power forward Markieff Morris also missed this one with concussion symptoms, meaning the Wizards were without both of their starting big men.
With Oubre also battling the flu, that's three of the Wizards' top six players on the injury report. The good news is that they have two off-days before their next game and now finally return home after the five-game trip.
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