Memphis: 101.2 points/100 possessions (21st)
Boston: 101.8 points/100 possessions (19th)
Memphis: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (8th)
Boston: 98.0 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Probable Memphis starters: Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Rudy Gay, Maurice Speights Marc Gasol
View from opposing bench: 3 Shades of Blue
Injury Report: Marquis Daniels (ankle) is out. Keyon Dooling (hip) and Jermaine O’Neal (knee) are game-time decisions. Brandon Bass will start if O’Neal can’t go.
The Grizz have dropped five of seven overall, including a meltdown Friday night against the Thunder. I caught up with the boys at ESPNBoston for a quick 3-on-3 for today’s matinee for a quick take on all things Memphis. You can check out the full piece by clicking HERE
1. What’s the biggest concern for Memphis?
Health combined with a competitive Western Conference. The talent is clearly there, but a solid playoff seed will be tough to manage with Zach Randolph sidelined a couple more weeks and so many teams playing well around them. Like we saw last year though, this will be a team to watch when they get healthy.
2. Do C’s still miss TA?
Without a doubt. Allen has continued to improve on both ends of the floor since he left Boston, providing the defensive energy and, surprisingly, now some consistent offense (averaging 10 points per game; 17.3 over in his last three games). Given the fact the C’s would have likely retained Allen had they forked over an extra year or a couple extra million dollars, it still has to be a bit upsetting to C’s fans.
3. Prediction for both games Sunday?
Same score for both games? Wait, that won’t work. Let’s go for a Boston sweep though. C’s, 87-85 in a defensive “thriller,” and Pats get revenge, 23-20.