Ray Allen hit the insurance three pointer in the final minute for the Boston Celtics to win over the Memphis Grizzlies 110-105 Monday at FedExForum. For the third straight season the C’s have been the first team to reach 20 wins. The contest also marked their eleventh consecutive victory, with eight of those eleven earned on the road.
The Grizzlies certainly gave Boston a run for their money. In total there were 18 lead changes and 15 ties with neither team ever leading by more than eight points. Celtics captain Paul Pierce shared a lot of respect for the Memphis organization following the game, saying “they’re right on our heels, man. If they grow together and continue to play together, they’ll be right there. It’s unfortunate that they’re in the Western Conference. If they were in the East, they would probably be a top-four seed right now.”
Every member of the Celtics starting five came to play yesterday and produced double digits numbers. Pierce led the charge with 19 with Allen and Rajon Rondo netting 18 apiece. Rasheed Wallace contributed 15 points and four rebounds off the bench. After a stretch of road games the Celts can look forward to hosting teams in Boston starting with the Philadelphia 76ers this Friday at 7:30 PM.
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Allen Iverson is expected to be waived at some point today after not being placed on waivers by the league deadline, giving great indication that he and the Memphis Grizzlies are parting ways. The 34 year-old guard began complaining during his debut against the Sacramento Kings. Even though he just came back from injury (torn left hamstring), Iverson expected to start immediately and receive heavy minutes.
The Answer had some choice words for the organization following the contest. “Yeah, I’ll be disappointed (if he’s a sub this season),” said Iverson. “I’m not a reserve basketball player. I’ve never been a reserve all my life and I’m not going to start looking at myself as a reserve. … To answer the question, ‘No, I’m not a bench player. I’m not a sixth man. Go look at my resume and that will show you I’m not a sixth man.”
The Grizzlies will be forced to pay only a fraction of his $3 million contract. So far not many teams have jumped to get Iverson after his quick fall out with Memphis. The New York Knicks have already announced a possible interest in the veteran.
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