MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -
Saturday night's 92-83 loss to the Washington Wizards was a frustrating night for the Memphis Grizzlies all around, but mostly for power forward Zach Randolph.
Randolph only attempted five shots, well below his average of 13 shot attempts for the season, and 14 for his career. The big man, who averages 16 points per game, finished with just six -- and that's with the Wizards missing their starting power forward, Nene, who was benched for rest.
After the game, WMC Action News 5 Sports asked Randolph how the Wizards were effective in stopping him, and Randolph replied the low shot count was a function of the Grizzlies offense.
"They weren't really taking me away," said Randolph. "We just got to get the ball inside, they were fronting me, double teams and triple teams. We just got to play to our strengths, they wasn't doing nothing special, just fronting. Just throw it to the hand."
Just throw it to the hand! That's Z-Bo's way of saying the Grizzlies need to get the ball inside, no matter what. The issue is, Randolph will continue to be double teamed if the Grizzlies shoot as poorly from 3-point range as they have been (14 percent over the weekend).
Randolph is currently on the Grizzlies injury report as questionable for Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with lower back tightness. Jeff Green joins him with the same lower back tightness, that he suffered after Monday night's win against the Sacramento Kings. Green left the game against the Wizards Saturday with his back barking after a vicious dunk over Kevin Seraphin. Tony Allen will miss Wednesday's game with a strained hamstring.
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