The Celtics are again in motion this night to tackle the Memphis Grizzlies. That is the second assembly of the 2 groups with Boston edging the primary assembly 102-100 again in November.
Kristaps Porzingis led Boston with 26 factors in a sport that went right down to the ultimate moments. Desmond Bane was the sport’s main scorer with 30 factors.
Fortunately for Boston, the Grizzlies are in the midst of an damage disaster with eight gamers listed as out which incorporates the likes of Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane, Ja Morant, Brandon Clarke, and Marcus Sensible amongst others.
This sport was marked on many followers’ calendars as Marcus Sensible was because of make his return to TD Backyard. Sadly, Sensible won’t play because of damage. Nevertheless, he will probably be on the bench and be honored as a Hero Amongst Us.
Very cool: The Celtics will honor Marcus Sensible as tonight’s Hero Amongst Us for all of his work locally over time. His affect in Boston went far past basketball.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 4, 2024
On the court docket, the Celtics will look to bounce again from Thursday’s loss to the Lakers. Usually, with an damage checklist so long as Memphis, it will give followers optimism. Nevertheless, after the Celtics dropped the sport in opposition to Los Angeles, with out LeBron James and Anthony Davis, followers could also be on edge.
On Boston’s damage report, solely Jaylen Brown (low again tightness) is listed as questionable with Luke Kornet (left hamstring pressure) possible.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Memphis:
Jaylen Brown (low again tightness) – QUESTIONABLE
Luke Kornet (left hamstring pressure) – PROBABLE
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 3, 2024
Keys to the sport:
Begin sturdy: To ease everybody’s nerves, the Celtics want to return out sturdy and present why they’re among the finest groups within the league. Boston can not get out to a gradual begin like they did in opposition to the Lakers and the Pelicans.
Memphis misplaced 4 in a row and the Celtics want to start out successful some of these video games.
Rebound: The Celtics must win the rebounding battle. With Jaren Jackson Jr., out the Celtics may have a major dimension benefit and must put it to use on the defensive and offensive glass.
If Boston can dominate the glass, Boston offers itself an awesome shot at successful this sport comfortably.
Feed the recent hand: It’s no secret that Boston has scorers all around the court docket. Nevertheless, there are occasions when a sure participant has the recent hand, the crew will go away from them. Towards the Clippers it was Tatum who was the one participant who was enjoying properly and the crew simply stopped passing him the ball. Boston must play as a crew, however acknowledge who has the recent hand and proceed to feed them, particularly early within the sport.
That is the fifth sport of Boston’s seven-game house stand. The Celtics all 12 months have been one of the best home-court crew, however have struggled throughout this house streak, successful simply half of the primary 4 video games. This can be a nice alternative to construct momentum and get again to successful methods.
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