The Boston Celtics look to get their first win of the 2013-2014 NBA regular season tonight, as they prepare to go up against the Memphis Grizzlies in the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.
After falling to the Detroit Pistons 87-77 last night, the Celtics are 0-3 and looking to avoid starting the season 0-4 for the first time since 1969.
Inconsistency has been the name of the game for the Celtics so far, and last night’s box score provides a perfect example. The Celtics managed only 14 and 19 points in the second and fourth quarters, respectively, meaning this team is still figuring out how to close out halves of basketball games. The Celtics need to get out to a fast start tonight, just like they did against the Milwaukee Bucks last Friday, but more importantly, Boston needs to learn how to close out games, instead of wilting under pressure and creating late-game turnovers.
The Memphis Grizzlies are also off to a bit of a disappointing start, as they are 1-2 and coming off a loss to the Dallas Mavericks in which they trailed by 21 points in the first half. The Grizzlies have to feel pretty good about this match-up, however, as the Celtics are being dominated in the paint so far this season. Look for Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to try and pound the Celtics front court into submission tonight.
The Grizzlies are currently led by Mike Conley, who is averaging 20 points per game. Meanwhile, Boston is led by Jeff Green, who is averaging 15 points a game but actually sat on the bench during the entire fourth quarter against the Pistons last night.
The game is set to begin at 8 p.m. tonight, and can be watched on NBA League Pass if you don’t live in the Boston area. Make sure you follow us on Twitter throughout the game – @HoudiniCeltics – and check back in after the game for our recap and three stars of the night!