Game 4 of 82: Celtics fall to 0-4 after loss to Memphis

The Celtics drop game 4 to the Grizzlies 88-95.

Avery Bradley, Mike Conley

In the 1st quarter Jeff Green came out aggressive, hitting a bank shot in the first 2 minutes while Avery Bradley got into early foul trouble yet again, which led to Crawford coming in and getting 3 assists in 2:28. The Grizzlies went on an 11-0 run to lead 11-4, before the C’s made back to back 3’s by Faverani and Jeff Green. Pondexter answered straight back before Bass converted a reverse layup to cap off a 8-3 battle, cutting it to 3 with 6:43 left. Memphis answered the Boston run with a run of their own going on a 6-0 blitz to lead 22-14. Jeff Green converted an and 1 to cut the lead to 6 with a little under 3 minutes left.  The Celtics finished the quarter on a 9-3 spree to trail 24-27. Jeff Green had 11 points on 3-5 from the field,,1-1 from 3 and 4-5 from FT.

The second quarter started with a Memphis 6-2 run to lead 33-26. Sullinger follows his own miss to tip it in, Crawford gets a steal and slams it down then Lee hits a jumper to cap off an 8-0 Celtics run to put them in front. Green hits a turnaround J with 2:38 left to give us a 5 point lead. Celtics finish the quarter 24-13 to lead 46-50 at the half (originally 52 but a Faverani basket was reviewed and taken away). The Celtics shot above 50% in the half and 90% from the line while keeping Memphis to 42% from the field and forced 7 turnovers in the 2nd quarter alone!

After the half the Celtics started flat as the Grizzlies went on a 18-7 run to take a 66-57 lead with a little under 5 minutes remaining before the Celtics caught fire, starting with a 3 from Jordan Crawford & ending on Jared Sullinger’s 3rd career 3 pointer (2-3 on the night) capped off a 15-0 Celtics rally to finish the quarter and give the C’s a 72-66 lead heading into the last.

The 4th starts and went back and forth for a little bit before Memphis made a 8-2 run to tie it with 5:08 left. The quarter goes back and forth again before Bass nails a mid-range jumper to bring the Celtics within 1 with 2:11 left. That was the last score the Celtics got, as the offence went ice cold down the stretch as Memphis went on to win it 88-95 (outscored 29-16) as the Celtics move to 0-4 for the first time since the 1969-70.

This game has been similar to all the others as we’ve been in them all, but just gone cold down the stretch and critical turnovers at the end cost us. Bayless scored all 15 of his points in the 4th while Jeff Green scored nothing at all in the last. The Celtics shot 47% from the field & 83% from the FT line but we only assisted on 14 of 33 made field goals while Memphis assisted on 23 of their 36.

Notable statistics:

  • Jeff Green 22 points on 50% from the field and 9-12 from FT along with 5 boards.
  • Sullinger, Bradley & Crawford all scored in double figures 16, 14 & 12 respectively.
  • Sullinger finished with a +12 and Courtney Lee a +17 in which Lee finally found a bit of a rhythm hitting 4-5 from the field including 1-1 from deep.

Personally I’d like to see a starting line-up of Crawford-Bradley-Green-Sully-Bass next game to see how it works.

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