The Boston Celtics ended their one game home stand with a 10-point thrashing of the Memphis Grizzlies, the second time within a week. Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points while Isiah Thomas Jr added 21 and seven assists.
The Grizzlies made it interesting closing to within four points in the last minute and a half but the Celtics buckled down at the line popping six straight free throws in the final minute of the game.
‘They still scored way too many points to my liking, but I liked the fact that we came back and competed,” Memphis coach David Fizdale said. ”We didn’t get the stops necessary like we usually do. But we gave ourselves a chance to win on the road and that’s all you can ask for.”
The Celtics move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow before returning home to face the Miami Heat.
After winning the NBA Championship last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers starting center/power forward, Kevin Love, and the franchise noticed his reduced production in all facets of his game. Point/rebound production for one went from 36 and 12 with Minnesota to 16/9 with the Cavaliers. Could this be one of the many reasons for the Cav’s to get rid of Love? The move could also pave the way for the Cavaliers to acquire a player to keep pace with an Indiana club that almost beat them.
Love and the Celtics were once before in contract talks but neither could come to an agreement so this may be the time for that agreement to come to fruition!
The Boston Celtics came out on fire Sunday and ran roughshod over the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first 14 minutes, shooting 57% and leading after the first quarter and into the second by eight points. Then things settled down for the Cavaliers who had multiple players with zero playoff experience including Kevin Love who clanked his first five shots. Love would go on to score 14 points over the next 18 minutes.
“It’s very important that Kev stays involved,” LeBron James said. “For our ultimate goal, Kevin has to be in the rhythm or at least touching the ball and feel like he’s a part of what we’re doing, which he is.”
The Celtics were led by Isiah Thomas Jr. with 22 points and 10 assists off the bench.
“We’re still confident,” Thomas said. “Coach (Brad Stevens) said we did a lot of really great things and we did some bad things. They kind of evened out, and that’s why we ended up losing the game. So we’re still confident.”