at FedExForum, 8 p.m. | CSN, WEEI (850 AM)
GAME PREVIEW (via Stats Inc.)
A look outside the FedExForum in Memphis.
Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics delivered their best offensive performance of the season in a win over a supposed title contender their last time out.
There's no reason to believe their hot shooting won't carry over to Memphis.
The Celtics have shot better than 50 percent in their four straight road victories over the Grizzlies, an impressive streak they'll look to extend Saturday night in the finale of a four-game trip.
With an NBA-best 14.9 assists per game, Rajon Rondo is making sure Boston's shooters get plenty of open looks.
When the Celtics (7-2) -- particularly Allen -- are knocking those shots down, they're tough to beat. Allen went 7 of 9 on 3-pointers en route to a season-high 35 points, Rondo had 16 assists and Boston hit 54.4 percent from the field in a 112-107 win at Miami on Thursday, its second victory over the NBA's new superstar cast.
"Everybody just stepped in and did their job," coach Doc Rivers said. "Tonight was the first night I thought we had complete trust in the next pass."
Since the start of the 2009-10 season and including playoffs, the Celtics are 39-10 when Allen scores at least 18 points and 33-31 otherwise.
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FORSBERG'S THREE THINGS TO WATCH
Value the ball: The Grizzlies are one of the top team in forcing turnovers and it's often their recipe for success due to defensive struggles. Boston, which can fall victim to turning the ball over, has done a nice job limiting turnovers, particularly Thursday night in Miami, and will need to limit giveaways to thrive.
C's go small?: Without Jermaine O'Neal, the Celtics have depth issues up front, but facing an undersized Grizzlies squad might allow the team to go smaller on occasion. Earlier this season, the Celtics experimented with smaller lineups, leaving Kevin Garnett or Big Baby as the only true big on the court.
Finish up strong: The Celtics can finish this trip with a rock-solid 3-1 mark with a win Saturday (and you can make the case that they probably should have won in Dallas). With three days of rest looming, Boston could head home feeling real good about itself with a quality triumph. Even better if they can put together a full 48-minute effort.