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Monday, 04 November 2013 16:57

Boston Celtics at Memphis Grizzlies: Game #4 Preview

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Boston Celtics (0-3, 0-2 away) @ Memphis Grizzlies (1-1, 1-0 home)

FedExForum at 8 p.m. on CSNNE

Officials: David Jones, Tony Brown, JT Orr.

Line: Memphis – 11.5

Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics head to Memphis tonight in search of their first win of the 2013-14 season. Last night the Celtics fell to the Detroit Pistons 87-77, as three Pistons netted 15 points. The Grizzlies lost 111-99 at Dallas their last time out.

PROBABLE STARTERS:

Boston Celtics:

PG: Avery Bradley


SG: Jeff Green


SF: Gerald Wallace


PF: Brandon Bass


C: Vitor Faverani

Memphis Grizzlies:

PG: Mike Conley

SG: Tony Allen

SF: Quincy Pondexter

PF: Zach Randolph

C: Marc Gasol

INURIES:

Rajon Rondo (OUT), Knee

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

·      To put it nicely, the Celtics have just been a poor offensive team so far this season. In per-game averages early on, Boston ranks 28th in points, 25th in rebounds, and 30th in assists. Not a recipe for success.

·      Jeff Green sat and watched the Celtics drop their third straight game to begin the season from the bench last night. The team’s leading scorer didn’t play a single second in the fourth quarter on Sunday night.

·      Turnovers: The Celtics turned the ball over 21 times on Sunday. 21! That’s a number that will likely have to be cut in half to even think about winning tonight’s contest against a good Memphis team.

NOTES:

·      If you’re looking for a plus-side to last night’s loss, it would be first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk. The rookie forward had 15 points and 8 rebounds off of the bench on 6-11 shooting. He is very skilled with the basketball in his hands, and seemingly just knows how to score.

PREDICTION:

·      With Gasol and Randolph down low for the Grizzlies, I can’t pick Boston to get their first win. The Celtics will likely be outrebounded once again, and until they start finding ways to be more efficient offensively they will struggle.

Memphis Grizzlies 98, Boston Celtics 83.

Nick Solari

Nick is a Celtics Beat Writer for CLNS Radio. He is a sophomore print jourmalism major at Quinnipiac University, and was born and raised in Bennington, Vermont.

You can follow Nick on twitter @ns0lar1 ... Or reach him by email at nick.solari@gmail.com