Tatum & Walker-Less Celtics Drop Game One of Road-Trip 132-126

The Boston Celtics fell to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night by a final score 132-126, in overtime. This game was tightly contested for the entire duration, until The Grizzlies used a big surge in OT to propel them to victory.

The Celtics were in this game for the entire duration. Offense was not a problem for them scoring a total of 132 points, but unfortunately they weren’t able to stop the Grizzlies hot offense.

While the Celtics lost this game, they played very physical on defense and looked very connected on the offensive end.

In terms of scoring the Celtics had four players in double figures. Leading the way for Boston was Jaylen Brown with 26 points on 11-24 shooting, Jeff Teague also stepped up in the absence of Kemba Walker scoring 26 points on 10-12 shooting. Daniel Theis continues to play well, scoring 13 points on 5-12 shooting, and Marcus Smart added 16 points on 5-14 shooting.

Boston was both Tatum-less and Walker-less.

Off the bench Rob Williams continues to play outstanding basketball, as he posted 17 points on 7-9 shooting.

They may have lost this game, but this game was a lot more like Celtics basketball unlike the past few games. They fall back to below .500 on the season and drop to 21-22.

Memphis, a struggling basketball team playing in a loaded Western Conference. Came out with fire and energy on both ends of the floor. The Grizzlies did a great job at attacking the middle of the Celtics zone. They broke it with ease.

The Grizzlies didn’t have a great night on the defensive end, as did the Celtics, but made up for it on the defensive end.

On the Offensive side of the ball the Grizzlies had four players score in double figures. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Ja Morant with 29 points on 12-25 shooting. Also scoring was Kyle Anderson with 14 points on 6-14 shooting, Dillion Brooks also had 24 points on 10-22 shooting.

Off the bench, Rookie Desmond Bane had a Impactful 13 points on 5-7 shooting.

Takeways/Final thoughts

  • Jeff Teague played great
  • The Celtics played Celtics basketball
  • Rob Williams continues to prove himself
  • The Celtics struggled to get a stop in the paint

The Celtics travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Wednesday night at 7:30, and look to defeat Giannis in game two of the road-trip.

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