The Celtics won three of the four quarters Wednesday night but so thoroughly were they outplayed in the first, that a late comeback — sparked by 17 huge points from Jared Sullinger in the fourth quarter alone — fell short. In that awful first quarter, the Celtics turned the ball over, meandered back in transition and let Memphis do whatever they wanted from the perimeter, be it in man-coverage or in their half-hearted attempts to defend Grizzly pick and roll actions.
But it wasn’t all bad. Aside from Sullinger, the Celtics got strong play from Kris Humphries who is making a real effort to make himself valuable to a contender and Brandon Bass, who had 13 rebounds, a figure that is quite possibly a Boston career high.
We’ll check on that and get back to you in the grades, coming later tonight.