at Boston Celtics (0-3) at Grizzlies (1-2)
Monday, November 4, 2013
8:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #4, Road Game #3
TV: CSNNE, SSO-MEM, NBA-LP 755,756
Radio: WBZ, WMFS, 98.5 Sports Hub
Fed Ex Forum Probable Starting Matchups
Avery Bradley vs Mike Conley
Jeff Green vs Tony Allen
Gerald Wallace vs Tayshaun Prince
Brandon Bass vs Zach Randolph
Vitor Faverani vs Marc Gasol Celtics Reserves
Rajon Rondo (ACL)out Grizzlies Reserves
Jon Leuer Key Matchups
Brandon Bass vs Zach Randolph
Vitor Faverani vs Marc Gasol
Once again, the Celtics face a team that is strong inside. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol will give the Celtics all that they can handle at the power forward and center positions.
After 3 games, the Celtics are still searching for their first win. It won't get any easier in this game as they face a tough Grizzlies team. And to make it even tougher, the Celtics are playing in the second of back to back games on the road.
The Celtics have shown flashes of playing well and have been able to keep games close but they can't seem to get over the hump and pull it out at the end. Maybe that will come with experience and as chemistry develops.
Brad Stevens seems to be settled on his starting lineup for now, having started the same group 3 games in a row. They should be able to build chemistry if he continues to start the same lineup. But beyond the starters, the rotations have been mix or match with no real pattern.
It's been puzzling why Humphries has been benched for the past 2 games after pulling down 9 rebounds in the previous game. Also, it's been puzzling as to why Pressey still is not seeing playing time when one of the problems the team has had is finding someone to run the offense consistently.
The Celtics need to put together a complete game in order to get their first win. Hopefully it will come in this game. Keys to the Game Rebound
- Much of rebounding is effort and positioning. The Celtics are going to have to put extra effort into boxing out and crashing the glass if they want to stay close.
Move the Ball and Run
- Playing as a team and moving the ball will be the Celtics best hope of winning this game. They need to beat the defense down the court before it gets set up. If they try to slow the game down, they won't get anything against the Grizzlies' tough defense.
Take Care of the Ball
- The Celtics are young and new to each other and that often means turnovers. They turned the ball over 23 times against the Pistons. They need to take care of the ball and try to limit those turnovers as the Grizzlies will make them pay if they don't. Play 48 Minutes
- The Celtics have tended to either get a big lead and then lose it or get in a big hole and then play hard to come back. They need to find a way to play consistently and hard throughout the game to avoid both of those scenarios in this game. X-Factors
Fatigue and Focus
The Celtics are playing in back to back games on the road. Young teams tend to lose focus on the road and the Celtics have to find a way to keep their focus on defense and winning from start to finish.