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Game 70 -- Grizzlies at Celtics

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  March 23, 2011 04:57 PM

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O.J. Mayo sets up Tony Allen.

Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Celtics (50-19), Grizzlies (39-32)
Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI
Officials: Steve Javie, Tony Brown, Olandis Poole


Probable starters: Celtics: PG: Rajon Rondo SG: Ray Allen SF: Paul Pierce PF: Kevin Garnett C: Nenad Krstic

PG Mike Conley
SG: Tony Allen
SF: Sam Young
PF: Zach Randolph
C: Marc Gasol


Deceptive home games: This is the first of the Celtics' six remaining home games. The schedule's a theoretical cakewalk, but look twice and the Celtics have had trouble with all six teams. They went to overtime with the Grizz in November. They lost to Charlotte in February, Detroit in December, Philly last month, and the Wizards in January. They face New York in the season finale, and we all know how those games go.

Tony Allen returns: At the start of the season when he was catching DNPs, it seemed like a mistake for Tony Allen to have left the Celtics for a bigger share of the spotlight in Memphis, but now that he's cracked the starting lineup and he's getting a push for NBA All-Defense (1.75 steals a night), things seem to be working out.

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