NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 16th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (30-22) at Boston Celtics (26-26), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics will try to break a tie atop the Atlantic Division tonight, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at the FleetCenter.
Boston, which has an identical record (26-26) to Philadelphia's, had a two- game win streak halted with a 104-100 loss to Sacramento on Sunday. Raef LaFrentz had 25 points and Paul Pierce 22 for Boston, which lost for just the second time in its last seven games. Mark Blount added 16 points and eight rebounds in the defeat.
LaFrentz has been on a relative scoring binge over the last four games, averaging 17.3 points per contest. The veteran has also averaged 11.5 rebounds over the last two games.
Meanwhile, Pierce leads the Celtics in scoring (22 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and steals (1.73). The Kansas University product is second on the squad in assists (4.3 apg) as well.
Ricky Davis chipped in 14 points off the bench and Gary Payton tacked on 12 points, nine assists, six rebounds and five steals in the contest. After leading by four heading into the fourth quarter, the Celtics were outscored 27-19 en route to defeat.
The Celtics fell to 15-5 in their last 20 home games. For the year, Boston is 18-9 at the FleetCenter. Boston also has topped 100 points on 27 occasions this season.
In the contest, Boston shot an impressive 48 percent, including 5-of-14 (.357) from three-point range. The Celtics hit 19-of-25 (.760) from the charity stripe.
Memphis had a three-game winning streak halted on Sunday, as it fell 76-73 to the Indiana Pacers at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Lorenzen Wright led the way with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.
Earl Watson chipped in with 16, as the Grizzlies got their three-game road trip started on a losing note. Bonzi Wells tacked on 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench in the defeat.
The Grizzlies were without starting point guard Jason Williams, who has a sore left foot, and center Jake Tsakalidis, who has a neck sprain. Williams and Tsakalidis are questionable for tonight's contest.
Memphis struggled from the field, hitting just 34.7 percent of its shots. The Grizzlies hit 5-of-18 (.278) from three-point range and 16-of-21 (.762) from the free throw line.
The Grizzlies, who are continuing a three-game road trip, are just 12-13 in foreign buildings this season. Memphis has won three of five and seven of its last 10 road games.
Memphis registered a 117-109 victory over the Celtics on Dec. 29 at FedExForum. Nonetheless, the Celtics have won six of 10 and nine of the last 14 meetings. The Grizzlies have won three of their last five at Boston.
02/16 10:11:53 ET