From my game preview:
This has to be a circle-the-wagons game. The C’s are coming off an embarrassment of a road trip. The Garden will be buzzing thanks to the long-awaited return of AB. The energy level will be high. I don’t know how they are going to do it, I just know they are going to do it. Celtic pride will be restored… at least for a day.
Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong.
Except for a 4 minute stretch late 1st/early 2nd quarter and a 4 minute stretch midway through the 4th quarter, the Celtics played like a bunch of guys more interested in napping than balling. The result was a 93-83 victory for the Grizzlies.
Avery Bradley had 4 points (2-6 FG) and 1 steal in 20 minutes in his season debut. He was a -12. The highlight of his game came early in the first quarter when Rajon Rondo (11 points, 10 assists) fed him on a backdoor cut to the basket. Bradley’s on the ball defense was solid. Too bad it had little impact on the game.
Paul Pierce had 12 points on 4-6 shooting in...