Memphis came into tonight's road game after a solid win at Chicago, and Boston had won three of their last four games.
At the end of the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed the Celtics 18-23 after a Phil Pressey buzzer-beating three pointer. The Grizzlies, as evidenced by the score, struggled to shoot the ball in this first quarter as they would through much of the game. Conley came out strong, however. He scored the Grizzlies' first eight points. Marc Gasol had a quiet night with only 9 points.
The second quarter wasn't much better, but the game was tied at 39 going into halftime. This was definitely a "mud" game.
The second half was very back-and-forth. In the middle of the third quarter, Conley went down in what at first appeared a knee injury. He went to the locker room but returned later in the game. It appears that he might have sprained his ankle. Mike Conley then came back into the game like a trooper. Considering the Grizzlies lost this game, I think many Grizzlies fans would've preferred that Mike had stayed on the bench. However, it would've taken an army to keep Mike out of the game. He proceed to hit two threes and a clutch shot down the stretch, but it just wasn't enough. Tony Allen had a great game with 16 points and 2 steals:
Boston's bench had a solid showing, as Kelly Olynyk had 15 points, and Jae Crowder had 16.
The Grizzlies were unable to firmly secure the lead in the third quarter and ended up being down one going into the fourth. With just under 1:50 left in the game, the Grizzlies secured a four point lead.
Out of the next timeout, the Celtics quickly responded with a Crowder three pointer.
With just over .52 seconds left in the game, Boston drew up a great out-of-bounds play that resulted in an and-one by Marcus Smart.
The Grizzlies, down three, had the ball with almost 8 seconds left. Mike Conley had a decent look from three, but it was way off the mark.
Memphis is clearly still struggling with consistency, and now has to try to bounce back tomorrow night in Washington. Boston has been playing better as of late, but the Grizzlies should have still come out and executed better. Give credit to Boston, though. They executed better down the stretch and played with a lot of energy. Now, it remains to be seen if Mike Conley's ankle will be good enough tomorrow to play, and if Joerger will decide to rest him.