Celtics fall just shy of grabbing first win, lose to Grizzlies 95-88

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Close but no cigar. Cs unable to earn their first win in Memphis.

FINAL: Celtics 88 - Grizzlies 95

Jeff Green bounces back in a big way

Following a dismal 7 point performance against the Detroit Pistons last night, Jeff Green stepped up in a big way at Memphis this evening. The Celtics starting two-guard (?) lead all scorers with 22 points on 6-12 shooting from the field. He was also very effective from the charity stripe, knocking down 9 of his 12 attempts.

Green has been pretty consistent in attacking the basket this year, sans the Detroit game, and that's exactly what the Celtics need from him if they want to win ball games. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough in this one.

Is it time to give Jordan Crawford a few more opportunities at point guard?

As of now Avery Bradley is "the guy" for the Celtics as far as the point guard position is concerned but Jordan Crawford hasn't let Brad Stevens forget that he's also an option.

Crawford lead the Cs in assists with 4 tonight and only turned the ball over once.

Bradley was much better against the Grizzlies when it came to taking care of the basketball but the same can't be said for the previous three games. Given Crawford's superior ability to create offense, don't be surprised if we see Crawford at the point and Bradley at the two-guard moving forward.

What's the deal with Gerald Wallace?

Over the past week or two, Gerald Wallace has been anything but bashful in terms of sharing his opinion with the media. The veteran forward has been quick to call out his team mates, questioning their effort and even accusing some of "stat padding." But it's hard to take Wallace seriously since he hasn't been all that sharp himself as of late.

Throughout his career, Wallace has made his living playing with 110% effort night in and night out. However, even the man formerly known as "Crash" has looked sluggish through the Celtics first four games and tonight was no exception.

The 31-year old failed to attempt a field goal (similar to opening night in Toronto) in 28 minutes of play. Midway through the third quarter Wallace declared himself done for the evening due to the right knee bruise he had sustained earlier in the contest. His final stat line reads as follows:

28 minutes, 0 points (0-0 FG), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers.

It wasn't exactly a night to write home about for Wallace and it certainly wasn't one that left him exempt from his own accusations. Until his play improves drastically it seems as though the disgruntled forward is calling the kettle black.

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