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BOSTON (AP) -- Mike Conley had 23 points and nine assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 93-83 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night and send Boston to its fourth consecutive loss.
Rudy Gay scored 19 points and ex-Celtic Tony Allen had a season-high 15 points for Memphis.
Paul Pierce scored 17 for Boston, but he had just one basket in the third quarter and none in the fourth while missing seven of his last eight shots.
Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who trailed by 18 after the opening basket of the fourth quarter but closed the gap to 83-78 with under 5 minutes to play on back-to-back 3-pointers from Jason Terry.
Boston began fouling and the Grizzlies made their shots, hitting 8 of 11 from the line down the stretch.
Memphis led by nine at the half and took a 75-59 lead after three quarters, then Marreese Speights hit a pair of baskets at the beginning of the fourth to give the Grizzlies a 79-61 lead. But Kevin Garnett scored eight points during a 17-4 run, and Boston made it 83-78 on Terry's 3-pointers 46 seconds apart.
It was 85-78 with under 3 minutes to play when Garnett missed a pair of free throws and then committed a foul at the other end. The Celtics big man finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Avery Bradley returned from injuries to both shoulders for his first appearance of the season for the Celtics. He started and scored four points in 19:31. Rondo didn't practice on Tuesday but played in his second straight after missing a game with bruised right hip and thigh.
Notes: The Celtics lost three straight at the end of their four-game West Coast road trip -- by an average of 23 points. ... Garnett played in his 1,286th game, tying him with Sam Perkins for 14th on the NBA career list. ... Boston rookie Jared Sullinger picked up three fouls in three minutes in the first half.... The Grizzlies had lost three of four after winning four in a row. ... Memphis has forced at least 10 turnovers in 132 straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA. ... Memphis reserve Jerryd Bayless sprained his left ankle in the first half and did not return. ... Celtics rookie Fab Melo was in Boston to see a doctor after receiving a concussion when he ran into a hotel door. He expects to be back in Maine on Friday.
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Avery Bradley made his return to the court Wednesday in the 93-83 loss to Memphis, and he brought a little reality with him.
The team did show some flashes of confidence with number zero back and had more fight in them than the previous few games, but one thing became clear as the game progressed: Avery Bradley is not the savior of the Celtics.
Granted, he only played 20 minutes...
Celtics rookie Fab Melo suffered a concussion last weekend after bumping his head on the doorway in his Sioux Falls hotel room while the Maine Red Claws (Melo’s NBA Development League assignment) were in South Dakota for back-to-back games against the Skyforce.
Melo was seen by the Red Claws medical staff and did not play in the team’s Monday afternoon game. On Wednesday, the...
Celtics are back in Boston after a rough three-game swing out west. The trip ended with a 118-96 loss to the Kings in Sacramento on Saturday night.
Boston is back in action tomorrow night at home against a very talented Memphis Grizzlies team. Tip-off at TD Garden is at 7:30pm EST. Tomorrow night’s game will also see the return of Celtics guard Avery Bradley. Rajon Rondo is still...
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The guys wore ties… Kurt compares the Celtics to communism… and Stats preaches patience in the latest episode of Gang Green TV. There’s also the requisite trade speculation, Avery Bradley discussion, and even a Star Wars mention.
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The Boston Celtics recently called up rookie Fab Melo from the D-League, and it isn’t because he has been dominant, because he has. No, the rookie out of Syracuse was brought up to see the team doctor because he suffered a concussion. The concussion was not suffered in a game. The 7 foot center gave himself a concussion by walking into, rather than through, a doorway, at a hotel...
During practice Tuesday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the team will be graced with the return of Avery Bradley, who hasn’t played in seven months and is coming off surgery on both his shoulders, for Wednesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bradley said he hasn’t felt any pressure, he’s just happy to be back.
“Just like any other day, I’m going to prepare today...
According to ESPN, Boston Celtics’ guard Avery Bradley is expecting to make his debut on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. “Just like any other day,” Bradley said before the team’s practice. “I’m going to prepare today, we’re going to go through practice, go over the plays, make sure I know what’s going on. And tomorrow [...]
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Last night's game was another ugly matchup followed by an ugly performance. Despite a great first quarter, the Celtics managed to fall behind by nine at the half. The third quarter was basically the same, just no shots going in with little defensive resistance on the other end. The Celtics rallied in the fourth quarter, but the mountain was to tall to climb. But, there is some...
They are going to put it together. They are going to go on a run. They will make the playoffs. They will contend for the title this year. Anything is possible!
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The Celtics have struggled for much of the 2012 season, but the caveat has always been: wait until Avery Bradley returns.
Well, that time has come. As NESN.com’s Ben Watanabe reports, the Celtics guard confirmed on Tuesday that he will play in the team’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bradley confirms that he'll play vs Griz, but Sullinger says team will not put ton...
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Time to forget Toronto
The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off one of the most disappointing losses of the season, and things aren’t getting any easier as they travel to Memphis to take on the surging Memphis Grizzlies.
Matchup: Portland (16-15) @ Memphis Grizzlies (20-9)
Time: 5:00 PM PT
Date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2012
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The Boston Celtics are no doubt happy to be home after three dreadful games on the West Coast.
The Memphis Grizzlies haven't been much better, having turned in three straight efforts of fewer than 90 points for the first time.
Both teams are searching for answers heading into Wednesday night's matchup, with the Celtics trying to avoid their first four-game slide.