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Washington Wizards suffer defeat against Memphis Grizzlies in disappointing home return

Posted : 13 March 2024

In a disappointing return to home court, the Washington Wizards suffered a 109-97 defeat against the Memphis Grizzlies, extending their streak of lackluster performances. Despite entering the game with hopes of securing their first three consecutive victories of the season, Washington found itself trailing by 25 points at halftime, ultimately succumbing to one of the Western Conference's lower-ranked teams. The defeat drops the Wizards to a 54-11 record, placing them below the Detroit Pistons with the worst standing in the league.


Danny Avdia continued his consistent contributions, notching 16 points in 36 minutes of play, marking his seventh consecutive game with double-digit scoring. However, Avdia's efforts were not enough to lift the team, as he struggled to make an impact in rebounding and faced challenges amidst the shortcomings of his teammates.


Washington's coach, Brian Keefe, shouldered responsibility for the team's lack of preparation, acknowledging a failure to adequately ready the group for the intensity of the game from the outset. Despite a brief resurgence in the third quarter, during which Washington narrowed the deficit, Memphis ultimately maintained control, led by standout performances from Trey Jamison, JJ Jackson, and Jake Larabia.


Kyle Kuzma emerged as a bright spot for Washington, tallying 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Corey Kispert contributed 22 points. However, Jordan Paul struggled to make an impact off the bench, highlighting Washington's difficulties in finding consistent support beyond their key players. Despite individual efforts, Washington's collective performance fell short, resulting in another disappointing outcome for the team.


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