When: Sunday, October 30th at 8 p.m. ET
Where: FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee
TV: CSN and NBATV
Radio: 1500 AM and Wizards Radio App
Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons (Out, Knee), Brandan Wright (Out, Ankle), Tony Allen (Knee)
Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Out, Knee)
What to Watch For
Will the Wizards be better on the boards?
After getting out-rebounded 59-48 in their season opening loss to the Hawks, the Wizards need to do a better job on the boards against a gritty Grizzlies team.
Memphis shifted former All-Star power forward, Zach Randolph to the bench in favor of the more athletic perimeter threat JaMychal Green. While Green makes the Grizzlies more dynamic in transition and helps spread the floor, he is not nearly as dominant a rebounder as Randolph, who has grabbed 20 rebounds off the bench in the Grizzlies’ first two games.
Washington needs to take advantage when Randolph is not on the floor.
The Wizards and Grizzlies split their two meetings last season with the winner of each game coming out on top of the rebounding battle. If Washington wants to get back on track Sunday night, Gortat and the rest of the Wizards bigs have to win the battle on the glass.
Can the Wizards’ backcourt bounce back?
Against the Hawks on Thursday night, John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for just 25 points on 33 percent shooting. It’s safe to say they need to be better for the Wizards to win on Sunday.
Wall and Beal face a favorable matchup against a depleted Grizzlies backcourt. While Mike Conley is healthy and has had a solid start to the season, Tony Allen was ruled out of Sunday’s game, according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Pregame - Tony Allen (knee) said that he's targeting Wednesday for his return— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) October 29, 2016
In addition to Allen, Wade Baldwin is still recovering from a knee injury though he played 22 minutes in their 111-104 loss to the Knicks on Saturday.
The Zach Randolph - Andrew Nicholson matchup
As previously noted, Zach Randolph was moved to the Grizzlies’ bench this season and has had a great start to the season as Memphis’ sixth man. He had 19 points and 11 boards in their season opener vs. the Timberwolves last Wednesday, and followed that up with 13 points and 9 rebounds against the Knicks on Saturday.
While Nicholson didn’t put up as impressive numbers in his Wizards debut, he did manage nine points and seven rebounds in less than 20 minutes off the bench while also knocking down a three.
If the Wizards’ bench wants to bounce back from a disappointing season opener, Nicholson has to stay competitive in his matchup with Randolph.
Most Likely Wizard Killer: James Ennis
Remember when he did this to Rasual Butler?
Ennis is starting for the Grizzlies in place of the injured Chandler Parsons and has 31 points through the Grizzlies first two games.
If he gets the ball on the break, watch out.