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Game 3: Celtics (0-3) @ Grizzlies (1-2) Open Thread

 

You can bet that this guy doesn't care about the Celtics getting their first win.

Boston at Memphis
8:00 P.M. ET
FedEx Forum

CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 93.3 points/100 possessions (28th)
Memphis:
99.3 points/100 possessions (15th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 102.2 points allowed/100 possessions(18th)
Memphis:
108.2 points allowed/100 possessions(29th)

Probable Grizzlies Starters:
Mike Conley (PG), Tony Allen (SG), Tayshaun Prince (SF), Zach Randolph (PF) & Marc Gasol (C)

Thumbnail: Ahh…the first SEGABABA of the season!

Remember when these used to be scheduled losses due to the average age of the Celtics’ most integral players?  It’s strange to not to be preoccupied with that reality.

The Celtics, of course, have a much worse problem.  SEGABABAs are still troublesome only last season the “SE” was the problematic part and now it’s just the “GA.”

Tonight will be a battle of two teams that know they are better than what their records shows.  However, the disparity between how good these teams actually are is akin to the cheeseburger on the AppleBee’s Two for 20 deal vs. Ten Tables ever-popular “Beer-ger” Special.  And if you don’t know the difference and you’re a local, I suggest you scrounge up 15 bucks between your piggy bank and couch cushions and get to Jamaica Plain.  That is, if you want to change your life for the better.

Memphis might be only 1-2, but they are built to be a legitimate championship contender.  Thus far, they have lost a tough one to the San Antonio Spurs and then got beat by a mediocre Dallas Mavericks on their own inaugural SEGABABA.  Right now the Grizzlies aren’t playing any defense.  This will not stay this way for long.  Not with Tayshaun Prince, Tony Allen, and Marc Gasol on the court.  Fun Fact: the Grizzlies might be the only team to start a season worse on defense after getting rid of Rudy Gay.

As for the Celtics, they need to figure out a consistent rotation and a consistent scoring threat if they hope to get their first win.  The Celtics have seen their greatest success this season when allowing their active bigs (Vitor Faverani, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass) to attack the offensive glass.  This trend is not likely to continue with Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Ed Davis, and Kosta Koufos manning the middle.

Prediction: OH ‘N FO.

Grizzlies 105, Celtics 92

 

  • hax

    That dude is scary. Also surprised that the Grizz are 29th in defense without Hollins.

  • The Cardinal

    With Crawford at the point, there is actually a semblance of decent half-court offense. I'd love to see Pressey and Brooks get some 2nd Q run.

  • hax

    6 point Celtics lead at halftime. Jeff Green!!!

  • jacksobd

    I don't care how much the C's were leading in the Bucks game, that was the C's best half of basketball this season.

  • The Cardinal

    Sully's showing nice range and a nice touch, Crawford's offense is making up for his less-than-stellar defense, Bradley has done okay when playing off the ball, Lee hasn't gotten the yips (yet), and Jeff Green has been very aggressive.

    • CelticsBIG3

      So much for Jeff Green's aggressiveness in the second half.

  • hax

    Bradley's defense is getting manhandled by Jerryd Bayless. :(

  • The Cardinal

    Win or lose, the lineup of Faverani, Olynyk, Green, Crawford and Bradley is one I can live with as both a starting and finishing lineup. Olynyk kinda becomes the X-Man with that unit.

  • The Cardinal

    I've been both baffled and amuseed by Coach Brad's late game substitution patterns beginning with game 2.

    • jacksobd

      "Coach Brad" sounds like a camp counselor and since he looks like one I think you've given me his new nickname. Thanks!

  • hax

    I feel like Rondo-Sullinger-Faverani can be starters on a championship Celtics team, and we should trade everyone else for a SG, sicne Wiggins will be our SF.

  • I_Love_Green

    Wow this is going to be rough.

  • I_Love_Green

    So many frustrating things about this team that the losing is actually the least of my worries. I'm thinking about our future and I don't know how many of these guys I actually want on my team in the future.

    • hax

      That is what Danny Ainge is for. Tradessssssssssss.

    • CelticsBIG3

      All I know is you have GOT to keep Faverani. A center as skilled as he is not easy to come by. Range, defense, rebounding, post game, ambidextrous, etc.

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