After playing against one of the best teams in the eastern conference –the Toronto Raptors– without five rotational players due to stomach virus, and almost get the win on the road, the Grizzlies returned at the FedExForum ready to battle for another win and keep the vibe "home, sweet home" alive.
No Tony Allen nor Quincy Pondexter for the game, but the starting lineup for the Grizzlies -Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tayshaun Prince, Courtney Lee, and Mike Conley- started the game strong, and took early the lead. Memphis finished the first quarter winning comfortably 25-16 with an aggressive Gasol making buckets at ease –13 points already.
Second quarter was totally Leuer's time, as he was literally all over the place while wearing again the "Johnny Badger" jersey that Grizzlies fans were missing so much this season, and he scored 10 points to keep the lead for the Grizzlies.
The 24 minutes of the third and the fourth quarter went by while no more drama was added into the game. The Celtics tried and fought to get themselves into the match -Olynyk was a monster in the third quarter, and he was overall the best Celtic of the game with 18 points-, but Gasol's scoring and Zach's rebounding had already decided that it was no day for suffering, as they finished the game with 32 points and 16 rebounds respectively.
Finally the Grizzlies overpowered the Celtics and won 117-100, winning also the battle of the rebounds 50-38 and showing some solidary basketball -31 assists for the Grizzlies and 22 for the Celtics-. Adding also into the mix an 8 of 16 in 3-pointers, a 92% from the free throw line, and the several minutes played by our beloved rookies Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes, we Grizzlies fans can perfectly maintain our best stoked and smily faces at least until the next challenge.
Sunday. The Clippers. Hell yeah!
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11-2. Greater Memphis!