With third-year defensive savant Avery Bradley making his season debut Wednesday night, this game wasn't to be treated like any other for the Boston Celtics. No matter, though, as they fell, 93-83, at home to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bradley's impact was felt in the 18 minutes he played, but it wasn't enough, as Boston allowed the Grizzlies to get almost any shot they wanted all night long. (They shot an unconscionable 44 percent from behind the three-point line on 18 attempts.)
After listless play for much of the first three quarters, Boston woke up early in the final frame, going on a 17-4 run that was capped off by a Jason Terry corner three with just over five minutes to go.
But the fire quickly went out even as their defense began to force shot-clock violations and bad perimeter shots. Bradley will have an impact on this team, but it wasn't to be Wednesday night.
Paul Pierce made four three-pointers and led the team with 17 points, but Kevin Garnett's awful shooting night was too much for the rest of the C's offense to overcome.