Memphis Grizzlies defeat Boston Celtics, 111-91

The Celtics were in their house yet again watching another team put their feet up on the couch.

The final quarter of their 111-91 loss to the Grizzlies last night almost had the feel of a scrimmage. Coach Doc Rivers began the period with his starters on the bench.

The Garden was all yellow and black, more seats empty than occupied.

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Another double-digit defeat was discouraging for the Celtics last night.

But Rasheed Wallace, for one, remained optimistic.

“They jumped out of the gate on us real quick,’’ Wallace said after scoring 11 points in a 111-91 loss to the Grizzlies. “We decided to match their energy maybe later in that first. That’s part of this game, you’ve got to roll with the punches . . . it’s not going to be peachy keen every night.

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