Final: Grizzlies 85, Wizards 76
February 1, 2013
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After a tough first quarter, the Grizzlies clamped down on defense, powering past Washington 85-76 Friday at the FedExForum. Mike Conley had 18 points to lead Memphis while Marc Gasol had a season-high 15 rebounds and added 13 points. Tayshaun Prince scored 14 in his Grizzlies' debut.
- The Grizzlies extended their home winning streak against the Wizards to eight-in-a-row… The last time Memphis lost to Washington at home was Nov. 3, 2004, the first-ever game at FedExForum.
- Memphis has held 40 of its 46 opponents under 100 points this season… The Grizzlies entered the game holding opponents to a league-low 89.8 points per game.
- The Grizzlies are now 22-2 this season when shooting a higher field goal percentage than their opponent (8-14 when outshot by their opponent).
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On the game:
"We won. I’m happy. I was worried. You never know, we had new players on the bench, so we had more people to work with. But, you never know how it’s going to work out when you have new guys for the first game. I thought Tayshaun Prince played extremely well and gave us a lot of what I thought he could give us. After the first quarter, giving up 30 [points], we held them to 46 points in the next three quarters, so our defense was good. As I told all of the new guys: ‘This is who we are. We’re not pretty. We try to defend you to death and grind out points wherever we can.’ Darrell [Arthur] got hot, Tayshaun was doing his thing and we got enough points to win."
On struggles adjusting to new defenses and offenses:
"I think [struggles are present] more offensively, because you have to learn plays. You have to know where to be and where to cut and everything like that. It’s probably more offensively. Defense is defense; it’s a lot of effort. Learning our schemes and how we do things can be a little bit complicated when you come from a different team, because every team does things differently. I think our guys that came in will like how we do things a little better than what they were doing before. We don’t do a lot of rotating. We play our own men and try to help and recover versus doubling and rotating. That saves a little energy and lets me know who is supposed to be where. Nobody can say, ’Well I was supposed to be guarding that guy,’ or, ‘I helped and did this.’ Everyone knows where they’re supposed to be and what their responsibilities are. From that perspective, I think that will be a lot simpler, with not a lot of thought process."
On Tayshaun Prince:
"He’s a veteran. When you’ve been around there’s, not any new plays. There are new calls to plays. Once you recognize what the sets are then you learn the calls and can be in the right spot. He’s a high-IQ player. We posted him up and he made two nice plays. He made one pass to “JB” [Jerryd Bayless] for a three and made another nice pass to Darrell [Arthur]. He penetrated and kicked off to people. He played like I hoped he could play consistently as long as he’s here."
On rotating the players:
"Only time will tell. It’s not about potential it’s about production. If they show me they need more time and deserve more time, then they will. I played everyone in the first half. I intended to play everybody just to give them more of a feel for who we are and how we do things, just to get their feet wet in front of our home crowd. As we go forward, they will have to earn time. Ed [Davis] is going to have to come in and show me he deserves to play in a rotation with Darrell [Arthur] versus instead of Darrell. Austin Daye might be troubled trying to find big minutes for him, but there could be a place for him."
On the new rotation:
"As we go forward, there’s going to be a lot of players on the bench that make you say, ‘Wow, that guy can play why isn’t he out playing?’ Because, there’s going to be a rotation of seven or eight players and that’s going to be it. When “Q” [Quincy Pondexter] comes back it’s going to add that player [back to the rotation] and somebody might get subtracted. I don’t believe you can play everybody and have everybody be effective."
On the game:
"It was a good game. It was a good team win. Everybody contributed once again. JB [Jerryd Bayless] has been playing great. Mike and other guys have stepped it up, so it was a good game."
On Tayshaun Prince:
"Definitely, Tayshaun [Prince] stepped it up tonight. I have been knowing Tay for a long time. He has won a championship. He’s been with one team. He’s been through the trenches. Tough guy. He can handle adversity, and you see what he did tonight."
On Tayshaun Prince’s performance tonight:
"He is a vet. He understands what it is. He takes care of his business. He understands. I am not worried about Tay because he isn’t a young guy. He understands this."
"Tayshaun is one of those players. He can defend. He can shoot the ball. He is a smart player. He is with the team’s concept, so he doesn’t try to do too much. He just do what he cans and stay in the team’s concept."