Wizards Notebook: New-look Grizzlies on deck

Wizards Notebook: New-look Grizzlies on deck
February 1, 2013, 2:00 pm
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*Bradley Beal and his injured right wrist sat out Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia. From the sound of things the Wizards (11-33) will look to snap their two-game skid without the rookie guard, who only watched Friday morning's shootaround at Memphis. Without the perimeter threat against the 76ers, Washington shot 7 of 22 from beyond the 3-point arc. The accuracy from the remaining guards, even worse. John Wall, Jordan Crawford, A.J. Price amd Garrett Temple, who started in Beal's place, finished a combined 6 of 22 (27.2 percent) from the field.

*Beal might miss the game. Rudy Gay will certainly not make an appearance. The Western Conference contending Grizzlies (29-16) shipped the Baltimore native and high-scoring small forward to Toronto earlier this week in a much-scrutinized deal that was part about money (or rather avoiding future luxury tax payments) and part about advanced NBA math (Memphis recently hired former ESPN analyst and PER creator John Hollinger). As ProBasketballTalk notes, Grizzlies' head coach Lionel Hollins does not exactly sound like he's embracing the deal:

“When you have champagne taste, you can’t be on a beer budget. It’s a small market and I understand the economics of being in a small market. I’ve been with the Grizzlies for 11 years in Memphis. Rudy Gay has been a big part of our success. I’ve known him as a kid as a rookie coming in. He’s a big part of my success as a coach here and I feel I was a big part of his success and I wish him the best as he moves forward into the second chapter of his career.”

*Jordan Crawford's in-game Skittles snack against the 76ers was such a thing to do. So was the volume shooting guard's answer to Slam Magazine when asked about the candy munching move. In an interview posted Friday morning, Crawford said. "They were right there. I guess they were for the players, like if they want to chew on gum when they’re playing. I asked, “Can I have some?” And they were saying they were for us, so I took them."

Asked if this is part of his normal in-game routine, Crawford said, "Nah, I just did it right then because they had them. They don’t have that at a lot of arenas. It was right there, and it’s like, Skittles—who wouldn’t eat some Skittles?"

Good point Jordan, good point.