Each riding a three-game losing streak, the teams will face off
at the TD BankNorth Garden on Wednesday.
After making the playoffs last campaign, Grizzlies coach Mike
Fratello is not in any better shape with his squad owning one of
the worst records in the Western Conference, coming off a road
loss to the lowly New York Knicks.
In the first game of a three-game road trip, Hakim Warrick
scored 19 points and Chucky Atkins contributed nine and 11
assists for the Grizzlies, who shot 43 percent (43-of-76) in a
98-90 loss to the Knicks, falling to 1-9 away from home.
With coach Doc Rivers on shaky ground with a demanding fan base,
the young Celtics have not played well this season.
After a season-high three-game winning streak, Boston has lost
five of six. On Monday, Ryan Gomes and Tony Allen each scored
19 points for the Celtics, who shot 40 percent (29-of-72) from
the field and dropped their third consecutive game, 100-81, to
All-Star Paul Pierce was held to just eight points on 4-of-13
The teams split their two contests last season, but the Celtics
have won four of the last five against Memphis at home.