It’s an interconference battle on the hardwood when a pair of teams take the floor up in Beantown. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road again as they travel to face the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. Memphis comes in off a 116-111 overtime win over the Nets on Monday night in their last game. Boston was in action on the road against Indiana Tuesday night as they faced the Pacers on the road for the second straight contest. In their last game, the Celtics were upended 108-107 on the road by Indiana on Sunday night. Boston leads the all-time regular season series between the teams 30-18 and has taken the last nine meetings. That includes a 122-107 win as the “road” team in the bubble in the most recent matchup on August 11, 2020.
Memphis Grizzlies Try to Ride Momentum From OT Win
Memphis took advantage of a Brooklyn team that lost Spencer Dinwiddie in Sunday night’s contest with a partially torn ACL along with resting Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to earn their first win of the season. The Grizzlies now look to make it two straight victories and even their mark on the year. Against the Nets, Memphis led by as many as 12 early in the game and held a nine-point lead after the opening quarter. The Grizzlies trailed by one at the half, led by two after three quarters and ended up in overtime. During the extra session, Memphis trailed by one with under a minute to play but scored the final six points of the game to earn the victory. The Grizzlies shot 42.9 percent from the field, including 10 of 29 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 56-50 in the victory. Kyle Anderson put up a career-high 28 points plus seven rebounds in the victory for the Grizzlies. Ja Morant suffered a sprained ankle and left the floor in a wheelchair. X-rays were negative but he likely is going to miss some time.
On the season, the Grizzlies are 10th in the league in scoring offense as they average 115.7 points per game this season. Memphis is 9th in the league in rebounding with 48 boards a night while the team is 22nd by dishing out an average of 22.3 assists a night. The Grizzlies are sputtering defensively as they are 26th in the league by allowing an average of 121.3 points per contest. Ja Morant leads the team as he averages 26.3 points plus 6.3 assists a night. Dillon Brooks puts up 19.7 points a night, Jonas Valanciunas chips in 14 points plus 13 rebounds a contest while Kyle Anderson adds 18.3 points plus 10.3 boards a contest. The Grizzlies look to Grayson Allen, John Konchar, Desmond Bane, Brandon Clarke (10 points, 4.3 rebounds) and Gorgui Dieng to contribute. In addition, the team hopes to get Jaren Jackson Jr., Killian Tillie and Justise Winslow back in the near future to bolster their rotation. Memphis stands 22nd in field goal percentage as they connect on 44.8 percent of their attempts from the floor on the season. The Grizzlies splash an average of 11 three-pointers a night, putting them 24th in that category. Memphis is 20th in three-point field goal percentage as they knock down 33.3 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc this season.
Boston Celtics Playing Second Game of Back-to-Back
Boston was on the road as they played Indiana on the road for the second straight contest Tuesday night. The Celtics went into that game losers of two straight and sought to avenge a narrow defeat to Indiana Sunday night in their previous contest. In that game, Boston led by as many as 11 in the first half though their lead was four after the opening quarter and by six at the half. The Celtics trailed by five after three quarters before rallying to take the lead in the final minute. Unfortunately, Boston couldn’t close things out, giving up the game-winning basket with 8.4 seconds to play. The Celtics had one last chance but Jayson Tatum was off the mark with a three-point attempt, sealing the loss. Boston shot 50.6 percent from the floor, including nine of 23 from three-point range, and held a narrow 40-37 edge on the glass. The Celtics also turned the ball over 18 times and allowed Indiana to shoot 51.1 percent from the floor in the contest. Tatum led the Celtics with 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the loss.
The Celtics enter this contest ranked 25th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 108 points per game this season. Boston is 25th in rebounding by pulling down 41.3 rebounds per contest and stand 22nd in assists with 22.3 dimes per game. On the season, Boston is 22nd in the league in scoring defense by allowing 117.3 points per contest. The Celtics are led offensively by Jayson Tatum, who puts up 25 points plus 8.7 boards a night while Jaylen Brown (26 points, five rebounds) and Marcus Smart (nine points, 6.3 assists) are solid contributors offensively. Daniel Theis, Tristan Thompson, Jeff Teague, Robert Williams III and Payton Pritchard are key rotation pieces for coach Brad Stevens. Boston is 20th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 45 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Celtics are 19th in three-pointers per game as they drain 11.7 triples per night while they rank 7th by hitting 38.9 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Boston continues to wait on the return of Kemba Walker, who won’t have his availability updated until January.