By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Boston Celtics returned home and were able to keep the post-All Star break winning going with a 109-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizz are certainly not a good team and this win was kind of a cake walk for Boston despite them not really being as sharp as they'd have probably liked to be. Memphis has had the injury bug hit them hard and they were without star guard Tyreke Evans for the second straight game as he is nursing a rib injury. They are 0-10 this year when Evans does not play.
The good news is that the Celtics made sure to get the win over this hapless Memphis squad. Too often we see teams play down to the competition and this could have been one of those traps for Boston to fall into. Instead, they stayed focused on themselves and did not look at the weak roster across from them. Besides Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies did not really feature many notable names that can still play. I was actually surprised to see that Mario Chalmers was still in the NBA, yet he played 20 minutes off the bench!
Boston ran out to a 33-24 lead after one and extended that to a 26 point cushion at the half. The Grizzlies battled back a bit in the second half, but anyone watching knew the game was never really in question. Kyrie Irving only played three quarters but posted 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. In the last four games, Kyrie is really carrying the load by averaging 26.8 points on 39 of 64 shooting. He's also been the unquestioned leader by being vocal about what the team needs to do to prepare and build for a postseason run.
The bench was big for Boston as Marcus Morris, Daniel Theis and Terry Rozier all posted double digit point totals. Jaylen Brown also chipped in with 13. Memphis was led by JaMychal Green with 21 points, but Gasol, Deyonta Davis and Andrew Harrison all got into double figures as well. Chandler Parsons sat out with an illness.
Boston improved to 43-19 which is still a half game back of Toronto in the East. They will host the Suns next on Wednesday.