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John Wall would prefer to beat full-strength Grizzlies

 
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| March 13, 2015

John Wall would prefer to beat full-strength GrizzliesIn the standings, a win is a win. But some wins feel better have more emotional value than others. Here's CSN Washington reporting on Thursday's Wizards win over the Memphis Grizzlies:

Though the Wizards are grateful to have their first two-game winning streak in more than a month, they're not all happy with Memphis Grizzlies "resting" three of their five starters in Thursday's 108-87 rout at Verizon Center.

"That's how I see it," said John Wall when asked if he felt Memphis disrespected them by trotting out a starting lineup of Beno Udrih, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, JaMychal Green and Kosta Koufos. "They sit them, I don't really know the reason why. We're a team that's on the rise and teams respect us now and then they don't respect us. We just wanted to come out and play basketball the right way and get the win no matter what."

Wall had 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting, seven rebounds and six assists. Paul Pierce had 17 points on 6 of 7 shooting.

INSIDEHOOPS.COM: JOHN WALL POST-GAME QUOTES:

Wall on the difference in the second quarter: “We just had to adjust to the type of players that we were playing against and make some defensive coverage changes. They made some shots early on and we didn’t and they scored too much. In the second quarter, we did a better job going small and getting back into our defensive ways of getting deflections. Our defense and getting out into the open court helped us in that second quarter.”

Wall on if it was disrespect that Memphis sat four of their five starters: “That’s how I see it. They sit them, I don’t really know the reason why. We are a team that’s on the rise and teams respect us now and then they don’t respect us. We just wanted to come out and play basketball the right way and get the win no matter what. We treated this game kinda like a Chicago game. We respect those guys in Chicago and they respect us, but we let those guys win the game and we were upset about that.”

Wall on Memphis sitting their players (continued): “I was surprised to see those guys not go. I thought probably Mike Conley would be the only one to miss because of his ankle sprain, but it was shocking to see. It doesn’t matter to me, as long as we get the win and we can move past it.”

Wall on the key on defense: “It was putting more defensive pressure on those guys, getting into the passing lanes, getting back to our concepts. I think we were all worried about playing against Marc Gasol and those guys before, and we didn’t really respect the guys that came out in the first quarter, and we had to settle down and get back to playing defense the way we have been playing the last couple of games.”


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