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Final: Grizzlies 80, Celtics 98 - Feb. 5, 2012

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Stats of the Game

The Grizzlies opened the period by scoring 16 of the first 19 points, taking a 32-27 lead on Dante Cunningham's jumper.

Turning Point

The Celtics responded with a 16-2 run - highlighted by a 7-0 spurt that was capped by a 3 by Allen from the left corner and Jermaine O'Neal coming down the lane for a dunk after a nice feed from Rondo, who had 10 assists in the opening half.

Player Notes

Rudy Gay paced the Grizzlies with 21 points and seven rebounds, and O.J. Mayo scored 15 points.

Rudy Gay tallied 21 points but the Grizzlies fell 98-80 on the road in Boston on Sunday afternoon. O.J. Mayo scored 15 points and Dante Cunningham had 10.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the game:

“It was a good battle, we were in it in the beginning. The second quarter I think we were down 35-34 and there was 1.8 seconds on the shot clock and Ray Allen got the 3 in the corner before the shot clock expired and they went on a 7-0 run to go up 43-34 at half time. We were never able to get back from that 7-0 run deficit. Then in the 4th quarter we just kind of lost it and they got rolling. The key of the game though is we didn’t get back on defense. They had 26 fast break points on us and that was huge and they controlled the glass. We shot 36/37%, that’s huge. We turned them over, but we couldn’t get easy transition buckets. They got back on defense and forced us to play half court and they did a good job half court defensively. They’ve been playing well and they did a good job defensively against us.”

On settling for jump shots:

“We play, we play. We attack the basket and we play basketball. Sometimes you attack the basket and you don’t come up with anything. You either get a shot block or you miss, those things happen as well.”

On the Celtics defense:

“There was nothing different then what they did in the first half. We just couldn’t make shots and we couldn’t get near the basket to finish. Garnett and those guys were covering the basket pretty well.”

On defense being out of sync:

“We were in a zone so we gave up some 3’s when we tried to go zone. We wanted to go zone when we changed the lineup. We didn’t want to stay in man to man. We were short-handed so we were trying to buy some minutes for our other guys and the only way you can do that when you are in a mismatched situation is to play a little zone and we did that. We did alright, but we gave up Ray Allen a couple of 3’s, we gave up Pietrus 3’s and then we had to get out so we went back to our regular lineup.”

Mike Conley

“They got on a run right before the end of the quarter. Ray Allen hit that corner 3 and we couldn’t really recover. We were fighting back ever since then, we tried to cut the lead. They are a veteran team and they are used to seeing that and they handled it well. Played great defense against us and we just couldn’t get rolling.”

On being short-handed:

“It was very tough, with Tony out and guys having to play in different spots and more minutes here and there. We had to adjust to and it just didn’t work out tonight.”

On what is happening offensively with the team:

“I can’t even put a finger on it. We are missing shots we normally make and they are good looks, lot of them good looks. I don’t think we are forcing too many bad shots. I hope its just that we are just missing them.”

On team's defensive struggle:

“We just played terrible in transition, they got too many opportunities. Rondo pushed the ball and found guys in the open court and was able to get them going early. Its tough to come back from that. They did a good job first off rebounding, they got the boards defensively and were able to get quick outlets to Rondo and Rondo was able to push. We couldn’t get all 5 guys back there in time to set up for the 3 point shooters and guys cutting to the rim.”