Grizzlies dominate the Celtics in the paint


Grizzlies dominate the Celtics in the paint

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics knew what to expect from the Memphis Grizzlies before they stepped on to the court on Wednesday night.

The Grizzlies were going to attack the paint -- there was little doubt about that.

Yet the Celtics looked as if they were caught off guard by the Grizzlies' game plan, getting outscored 52-26 in the paint in their 90-87 loss.

I am surprised because the whole emphasis of today was they are one of the best, if not the best, in the league at points in the paint, said Paul Pierce. The emphasis was to pack the paint. They arent a great three-point shooting team, so there is no excuse for all that. We should have done a better job in there, make them kick it out and make them knock down a couple of jumpers.

Doc Rivers doesnt fault his team for holding the Grizzlies to a total of 90 points. If anything, he was frustrated by the Celtics inability to score at the basket.

We could have had a huge points-in-the-paint game if we could make a layup, he said. We had more missed layups, bobbled balls in the paint, which, thats tough, but we did.

Dont expect the Celtics, though, to settle for what ifs. Glen Davis says defending the paint has to start with the bigs. Nenad Krstic says it is up to all five players on the court to communicate on D.

Thats really bad for us, but I know they are the number one team with points in the paint, said Krstic. Coach told us before the game that we need to pay attention and do a good job with that. I think thats the key of the game.

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Celtics pay tribute to Craig Sager in Tuesday's practice


Celtics pay tribute to Craig Sager in Tuesday's practice

The NBA is honoring longtime TNT broadcaster Craig Sager to begin the season, with teams wearing Sager-themed shirts across the league. 

Sager, 65, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014, and it was announced in March that he had an expected three-to-six months to live. 

The Celtics celebrated Sager in full force at the end of Tuesday’s practice, changing into shirts with multi-colored flowers and clashing patterns in an ode to Sager’s signature style. The group gathered for pictures and shouted “Sager Strong,” a hashtag that’s circulated in support of the 65-year-old. 

After news emerged that his cancer had returned in March, TNT worked out a deal with ABC that allowed Sager to cover the NBA Finals for the first time in his 34-year career, leading to a memorable exchange with LeBron James after the Cavaliers won the NBA title.