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After watching college a lot of college basketball for the last three days this game was filled with well-executed offense, decisive shot takers and makers, and actual dribble penetration. Not to go all NBA elitist on you all, as even a Saturday night bout between two playoff teams did not render half of the energy as the round of 32 yielded in the tournament.But enough of basketball discussion not related to the Celtics. Neither team in the FedEx Center was its true self, as Marc Gasol both sat for the Grizzlies, and Courtney Lee and Kevin Garnett were out for the Celtics. The Celtics fought for a while, but were just too flat and undermanned to compete and ended up losing 110-106, in what is sad for me to say– an expected result on a road back-to-back against a top tier team. Also Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins decided to have Z-Bo come off the bench, possibly to match up with the Celtics smaller unit. As a result, both teams were forced to start players that would otherwise be responsible for giving a spark off the bench (Ed Davis, Darrell Arthur, Jason Terry, and Jeff Green). That meant a good amount of run for Jordan Crawford, whose game could be summarized with the following tweets: Jordan Crawford's decision-making is hundreds of miles past curious.about 1 hour ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite@CelticsTownCeltics Town Jordan Crawford could have used about 10 more years of college ball. His game is still a little bit raw.about 1 hour ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite@J_duderanchJesse DoranFrom the beginning this game was on Pierce’s shoulders to win or lose. He responded well in the first quarter with solid play and 13 points in the first frame. Unfortunately the weight was too much for him to handle despite a solid effort putting up 26 points and 4 dimes. As the title suggests, he was out there alone tonight for the first three quarters, until a bizarre fourth quarter…It should be noted that the Celtics built a bit of a comeback down the stretch with Pierce off the floor; maybe the Celtics bench have been watching a lot of the NCAA tournament with their late game fight. This game was a safe 15-point lead (at one point up to 21) for the Grizzlies, and then strange things happened (for example: Shavlik Randolph blocks, Jordan Crawford 3-pointers, and Terrence Williams playing like a point-god), and Memphis was forced to execute down the stretch and play the free-throw shooting game.Lionel Hollins started the second half with Conley, Bayless, Allen, Prince, and Randolph. Wonder what made him change the line-up, considering Memphis was up ten at half.Jeff Green’s shot clock awareness leaves something to be desired. I feel like he always has it in his hands with the shot clock running down and making an ill-advised pass to someone without leaving enough time for them to shoot. While we are on the subject of Green, I wish he was a lot more aggressive with the Celtics shorthanded, but Green’s inconsistency is somewhat of an expectation - besides he still has some slack left over from the game against Miami.The Celtics struggled on the boards, getting out-rebounded 44-37. Couldn’t help but think how bad it would have been if Marc Gasol had been active. It would have been ugly.Watching the ‘Uncle Drew’ commercials makes me happy, but I wish they would add another player to the crew. Just throwing a name out there: Jeff Green. One of his reverse dunks in an old-suit would make me giddy.My favorite pointless thing to track—technical free-throws, had an interesting wrinkle in tonight’s game: JET took (and made) two free throws with Pierce on the floor. Color me intrigued.There were plenty of Marquette jokes towards the end of this one, as Doc Rivers seemed to try to get kicked out as his alma mater was in a close one with Butler as the Celtics game was winding down (note: Marquette won by 2). That would be an easy justification, but Rivers was trying to light a spark under a team where losing when they already have the appropriate excuses heading into the game– has become the norm.Here is an Avery Bradley throw-down to end things on a positive note looking forward to their game against conference the Knicks in the TD Garden on Tuesday:
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Jason Terry is confident that the Celtics will meet the Heat in the playoffs and that there will be "fireworks." He had more to say.
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...
Courtesy WEEI’s Mike Petraglia:
Before Monday’s practice at the teams training facility, Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce wins a wager with head coach Doc Rivers and makes the assistant coaches run wind sprints. Taking part in the running for assistant coaches Tyronn Lue, Armond Hill and Kevin Eastman. Doc Rivers was not forced to take part in the drill.
Wind springs? Light...
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...
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...
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...
Although it is unclear the exact amount of time Kevin Garnett will need to recover from an injured left foot, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, KG is expected to miss 4-5 games. Garnett, who missed Saturday's game at Memphis, underwent an MRI on an injured left foot, and initial results did not alarm the team. While he is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's visit from...
After knocking off #2 seed Georgetown 78-68 on Friday, the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast University just beat seventh seeded San Diego State (81-71) to become the first #15 seed in the history of the NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet Sixteen. FGCU has only been in existence for 16 years, and moved up to Division 1 just two seasons ago. When they take on the Florida Gators in...
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...
The Memphis Grizzlies have done a great job taking care of their home court, but the road has been the problem lately.
For the Washington Wizards, home has been where they've enjoyed their most success.
The Grizzlies will try to avoid their first four-game skid outside Memphis in two seasons on Monday night when the Wizards - making a brief stop back in the nation's capital...
Well I’m sure most of you have heard by now that we have lost Marc Gasol to a tear of the abdomen. Who knew he had abs? More sit-ups this offseason Marc! So right as we get one Gasol brother back from injury, we lose the other, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time with playoffs going currently going on. Marc has been labeled “out indefinitely”. Personally, I hate that...