The Boston Celtics traveled to FedExForum Saturday night—a place where the Memphis Grizzlies had won nine straight. The C's road woes continued, as a dramatic comeback wasn't enough to avoid a 110-106 loss.
The Celtics began the game playing an aggressive brand of basketball. They were getting to the foul line and creating good looks, and as a result, they were shooting the ball with extreme efficiency.
More specifically, they were taking advantage of a Grizzlies team without Marc Gasol, as the big man was out with a re-aggravated abdominal tear (according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports).
Unfortunately for Boston, Memphis responded quickly to its hot start, and both offenses were making noise early.
Both of these squads pride themselves on their defensive abilities, but both were allowing open looks and not challenging shots at the rim. Memphis’ offense kept up with the increased pace of the second quarter, but Boston’s quickly began to fall behind, as it trailed 61-51 at the half.
The third quarter began and the same issues applied. Paul Pierce was the only one shooting well, nobody could stop Jerryd Bayless and the tempo appeared to be too much for the Celtics to handle. This game was in the Grizzlies’ control, but then a push by the Boston bench made it worth watching until the end.
A 21-4 Boston run late in the fourth quarter made this a contest for the first time since the opening quarter. The bench deserves a ton of credit for not giving up, as the Grizzlies let them back in it with just a few minutes to play.
A comeback like this is fun to watch, but when it’s all said and done, a loss is a loss. The last time Boston won a road game was March 6 against the Indiana Pacers, and that’s something that needs to change with playoff positioning still a major focus for this group out East.