Game On: Wizards-Grizzlies preview

Game On: Wizards-Grizzlies preview
February 11, 2014, 12:00 pm
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There will be a lot of pounding in the low post with bigs on each side, but the more the Wizards can get into the open court and run the floor increases their chances of of winning and getting over .500 again.

TV: Wizards Central pregame show on CSN at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tip off from FedEx Forum at 8. Wizards Postgame Live follows immediately afterward. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM.

Last game: Wizards (25-25) beat the Sacramento Kings 93-84 on Sunday; Grizzlies (27-23) lost at the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-83 on Sunday. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Grizzlies –- PG Nick Calathes, SG Courtney Lee, SF Tayshaun Prince, PF Zach Randolph, C Marc Gasol.

Entry passes: 1). Gasol and Randolph are a bruising combination to contend with for Gortat and Nene. 2). Last time Wall played this team, he scored a career-high 47 points in D.C. last season. 3). Beal made 4 of 5 three-pointers in his last outing, signaling a possible turnaround after a five-game shooting slump. 4). Wall has to keep a brisk pace to take advantage of the slow foot speed of the Grizzlies' bigs. 5). Temple has been playing solid on both ends in relief of Wall, helping grow leads, and if he matches up with Darius Morris who is on a 10-day contract he has to do it again.

X-factor: Memphis could have PG Mike Conley (right ankle) and Tony Allen (left hand) back in the lineup but both are listed as day-to-day. 

He said it: "Our defense was better. Again, I am not happy with the second half and how we came out in the third quarter. We've got to continue to work on that. Happy as heck for the win, trust me on that. But going out and learning to play and do the same things that got you up, a 17-point lead, and not take shortcuts and not turn the ball over. We turned the ball over seven or eight times in the third quarter and it was a 15-, 13-, 17-point game during that time. Our guys have just got to understand that you have got to make 13 (into) 25 and then the game is over. " -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman after beating Sacramento

Around the bend: The Wizards will leave immediately after the game and travel to Houston, where they'll face the Rockets for the second and final time of the season Wednesday before the All-Star break begins (CSN, 8).