The Celtics have an uncanny ability to let a role player completely go off. Tonight, that was Jerryd Bayless. The Grizz combo guard scored 30 points while generally making the C’s look silly.
The Celtics were down 20 late in the fourth quarter when Doc Rivers put in the end of the bench to sop up the remaining minutes. Instead of turtling against Memphis’ starters, Jordan Crawford nearly stole a victory all by himself. The best part of the comeback was Rivers’ decision to leave the bench in until he went with an all shooter lineup down four with seconds left. The worst part was watching Jeff Green dribble the ball off his foot and watch as it slowly rolled out of bounds. No dive on the floor. No emotion other than a slight eye-roll. That is Jeff Green.