The Celtics travel to Memphis to play the team with the best record in all the land (10-2). That would seem like a recipe for a loss but the Celtics may catch a break tonight. Apparently there are 7 players on the team dealing with a stomach virus and are questionable for the game.
The Grizzlies announced Thursday that guards Tony Allen, Courtney Lee and Beno Udrih, forwards Jon Leuer and Jarnell Stokes, center Kosta Koufos and guard/forward Quincy Pondexter all are ill and are questionable for the Boston game. Pondexter and Stokes are new additions to the injury list. The other five Grizzlies didn't play in a 96-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday due to the virus that kept them away from the arena.
Flying back to MEM on #AirGrizz. Everyone wearing surgical masks to protect against possible spread of virus that put 5 guys out of action.— Pete Pranica (@PetePranica) November 20, 2014
Obviously the Celtics can't take this team lightly. They'll still have to bring the effort and execute the gameplan. But this would seem like an opportunity to steal a win against a tough opponent.
Or perhaps it is a risk of spreading the virus to the Celtics locker room. I guess we'll have to see.