Celtics drop Grizzlies 131-91 as Marcus Smart makes first return to Boston

The Boston Celtics took care of business against the depleted Memphis Grizzlies Sunday afternoon, cruising to a 131-91 victory. With the win, the Celtics move to 23-3 at home and 38-12 on the season.

The gameplay itself took a backseat, however. Not only are the Grizzlies dealing with injuries up and down the roster, but the game marked the first trip back to Boston for Marcus Smart since the fan-favorite was traded in the 2023 offseason. Smart was honored with a tribute video during a timeout in the first quarter, and took home the night’s “Hero Among Us” Award.

It was an emotional night and an easy win for Boston. Here’s what you may have missed from a 131-91 Celtics victory over the Grizzlies.

Jayson Tatum once again led the way for the Celtics, dropping 34 points in the first three quarters of action. The former Duke Blue Devil also had 8 rebounds and 7 assists, and his services were not needed for the final frame.

Overall, it was a steady offensive showing for Boston. They shot 48.5% from the field and 37.3% from deep, more than enough to vanquish an under-manned Grizzlies team. Even rookie Jordan Walsh got in on the action, scoring his first NBA basket in the process.

Memphis might not have ever had the personnel to push the Celtics in this one. But by posting 30 assists to just 10 team turnovers, the guys in green were more than efficient and effective enough to take care of business here.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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