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Wizards vs Grizzlies: Memphis grinds Washington's offense to a halt

The Grizzlies won an ugly one against the Wizards, 85-76, but the good news is that John Wall's shoulder injury does not appear to be as serious as it originally looked.

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Wizards' offense stuck in neutral in 85-76 loss

The Memphis Grizzlies won an ugly one against the Washington Wizards in a game where John Wall injured his shoulder, then returned to the game.


Wall returns to the game

Despite appearing to be in tremendous pain, John Wall has returned to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies after injuring his left shoulder midway through the second quarter. Wall surged down the lane on a drive and got hit by Ed Davis, causing him to lay in pain on the ground. His return had been questionable, but Wall ended up starting the second half.

This is obviously a huge sigh of relief, as it initially looked like Wall might have separated his shoulder on the play. One has to hope that Wall doesn't reaggravate the injury running through a screen or driving to the basket, but assuming that doesn't happen, it looks like the Wizards have dodged a major, major bullet.

Wall's first couple of possessions indicated that he wasn't hurt too badly. He hit a jump shot on the Wizards' first play, then absorbed a bump from Mike Conley in transition without being hurt.


Wall injures left shoulder

Washington Wizards star John Wall left the team's game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a left shoulder injury, but he did return.


UPDATE: Prince, Davis, Daye will play

UPDATE: Well, that changed quickly. It looks like Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye will actually be in uniform tonight.

While it has not been finalized, it looks like the three Memphis Grizzlies acquired in Wednesday's blockbuster deal for Rudy Gay will not suit up against the Washington Wizards.

One issue slowing this down: new Pistons guard Jose Calderon, acquired in the three-team deal, is having issues getting the proper visa after having been dealt from a Canadian team to an American team.

The three new Grizzlies also did not play in Memphis' 106-89 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday.


Beal likely to miss next 2 games

The odds of a Washington Wizards' victory over the San Antonio Spurs or Memphis Grizzlies just got a lot longer.

The Washington Post's Michael Lee reports that shooting guard Bradley Beal will continue to rest his ailing right wrist and is expected to miss Washington's next two games.

"He's day-to-day. We'll have to see how it progresses," Coach Randy Wittman said of Beal.

Beal, who had been struggling since a hard fall in Denver on Jan. 18, will likely miss the next two road games against Memphis on Friday and San Antonio on Saturday. He averaged just 8.8 points while shooting 35.7 percent from the floor (20 of 56) and 30 percent (6 of 20) from beyond the three-point line since the injury.

The timing couldn't be more inconvenient for the Wizards. The team has struggled to score all season, especially when Beal has been out of the line up or suffering through shooting slumps. Beal's backup, Jordan Crawford, has struggled to adjust to a new role since John Wall returned and could be more aggressive than normal if he's given additional minutes.


Did the Wizards dodge a bullet with no Gay trade?

Were the Wizards right to avoid trading for Rudy Gay? Probably. But if you were trying to make the case that Gay would have been a smart acquisition, it would have looked something like this.

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