Boston at Memphis
8:00 P.M. ET
Boston: 93.3 points/100 possessions (28th)
Memphis: 99.3 points/100 possessions (15th)
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