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The Memphis Grizzlies have won nine straight at home as they get ready to welcome a Boston Celtics team that has dropped three straight.
The Celtics, however, have won their last five visits to the FedEx Forum as they try to avoid being swept by the Grizzlies for the first time in 12 years Saturday night.
Both teams are seeking to bounce back from Friday road defeats. Memphis (46-22) fell 90-83 to New Orleans and Boston (36-32) lost 104-94 to Dallas.
The Grizzlies may have a better chance to recover because they are enjoying their longest run at home since winning their final 11 contests in Memphis last season.
The Celtics did not visit in 2011-12, and they haven't lost there since a 93-76 defeat March 14, 2006. It has been even longer since they dropped two meetings with the Grizzlies in the same season, last doing so in 2000-01 when the franchise was based in Vancouver.
Memphis won 93-83 at Boston on Jan. 2 behind Mike Conley's 23 points and a 39-27 rebounding edge.
Both teams look different now since the Grizzlies traded away Rudy Gay on Jan. 30 in a deal that brought over Tayshaun Prince to add to a defensive-minded lineup that already includes former Boston guard Tony Allen.
Conley, meanwhile, won't have to match up at point guard against Rajon Rondo, who is out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL.
The Celtics backcourt got another blow Friday when starting guard Courtney Lee went down late in the game with a mild left ankle sprain. Lee, who is day to day, said the injury wasn't serious.
Memphis is hoping to duplicate its effort on the glass from the first meeting after being outrebounded 49-33 by the Hornets and outscored 48-38 in the paint.
"We were just not playing defensively and the game got away," center Marc Gasol said. "They did a great job of rebounding and we did not help on the drive and did not contest shots. They just had an open lane for rebounds."
Conley led Memphis with 20 points and Zach Randolph just missed his 40th double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Three Celtics finished with 16 points apiece against the Mavericks, as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass all reached that total. Jason Terry scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in his return to Dallas.
"He didn't play great tonight," Boston coach Doc Rivers said about Terry. "He played with a lot of spirit. I love him, still. I wish we could have won the game for him tonight. I really do."
Rivers and the Celtics said their defensive effort was lacking, as the Mavs shot 46.3 percent.
"I've always said we're a defensive team that can score the basketball and we've got to get back to our bread and butter," Garnett said.
The Celtics have won three straight games in the second halves of back-to-backs, improving to 9-8 in such contests. The Grizzlies are 9-6 in those games.
Boston has dropped four straight on the road, where it is 2-11 against Western Conference foes.
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I was very surprised to see how few Grizzlies fans were posting on the boards. Maybe some of the usual posters were at the game but given the fact that there were also plenty of Celtics fans at the game and how successful the Grizz have been, you would think there would be more fans posting. I had to laugh at the reaction to Tony's foul on the 3 at the end. I recall so...
Not good. Celtics are down two starters for tonight's match-up with the Grizzlies. From Sean Grande's twitter.
Official now....Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee both out for the Celtics tonight.KG (foot) will have an MRI back in Boston.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 23, 2013
KG will have an MRI back in Boston, but hopefully it's not serious as his loss would...
Uh oh. We have been here before, and quite frankly it makes me want to crawl under a rock and hide from the light of day. This news came out today via the Boston Globe in regards to Kevin Garnett:Coach Doc Rivers was unsure when Garnett sustained the injury. Garnett missed two games because of a strained left adductor muscle and the flu, but returned for two games, combining...
I like how Bradley just handles his business and runs back on defense. No need to show up Davis with extended mean mugging after the dunk. And unlike DeAndre Jordan and LeBron James dunking on MUCH smaller players, here we have Bradley, who's not much taller than 6 feet, dunking on a legit 6'10" big man. Much more impressive.
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Blog: Garnett, Lee out tonight vs. Grizzles with sprained ankles bo.st/13mj8Nh #celtics
— Boston Globe Celtics (@GlobeCeltics) March 23, 2013
Summing up the chaos here in Memphis...Kevin Garnett, Courtney Lee and Marc Gasol all out. Zach Randolph (alarm clock issue) won't start.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 23, 2013
Garnett did not leave the Mavs game with any...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 30 points and the Memphis Grizzlies weathered a fourth-quarter rally by Boston's reserves to escape with a 110-106 victory over the Celtics on Saturday night.
Seven Memphis players finished in double figures and three recorded double-doubles. Darrell Arthur, starting for Zach Randolph, scored 18 points, while Randolph...
When the Memphis Grizzlies dealt away their leading scorer, they were criticized for “giving up” on a season where they had a real chance. They responded by going 17-6 without Rudy Gay, and they have become even more of a contender in the last few weeks. Their recent success gets overshadowed by the current win streaks going on in the NBA. The Miami Heat, and to a lesser extent...
Former Celtics' guard Ray Williams has died at age 58. He was a combo guard brought on board to help with the Celtics' depth in 1985.
You can find out more on what Ray was up to here.
Our condolences go out to the Williams' family from everyone at Celticslife.
We already knew that there was a good chance Courtney Lee would be out tonight, but now we find out KG is also hurt. From the Celtics’ official Twitter:
Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee are both out tonight with sprained left ankles.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 23, 2013
No word on how KG hurt his ankle. Multiple media reporting he will have an MRI back in Boston on Monday...
Tonight's 110-106 loss to the Grizzlies was filled with ups and downs. The Celtics got off to nice start, but slipped in the second and third quarters. Their fourth quarter contained a rally that didn't start until about the 6:00 mark. Had it started earlier, they definitely would've won. But it didn't. What's done is done.
Tonight's USOTN easily goes to...
Just a few random thoughts for tonight's post game wrap up. First, KG's injury is troubling. He didn't seem to injure the foot in the game but they said he was walking gingerly afterwards. It is being described as a foot injury rather than an ankle injury. And the fact that they are going to take an MRI makes it even more worrisome. I remember back in that...
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