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Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 23, 2013 03:28 PM

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MEMPHIS -- The Celtics end their three-game road trip in one of the tougher venues in the league to play. The Grizzlies will be an angry bunch tonight as they dropped a road game at New Orleans (sound familiar?). The Grizzlies are 27-8 at home, are huge inside with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph and the defense of former Celtic Tony Allen. On the injury front, Courtney Lee and Kevin Garnett will not play because of sprained left ankles.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (36-32)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Jason Terry
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
PF Jeff Green

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (46-22)
PG Mike Conley
SG Tony Allen
SF Tayshaun Prince
PF Zach Randolph
C Marc Gasol

Officials: Bill Spooner, Marat Kogut, Zach Zarba

TV, radio: 8 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, WEEI (93.7 FM).

Pregame notes:

• Courtney Lee sprained his left ankle landing on the back of an opponent's foot during the pivotal play of the game, when O.J. Mayo drained a wide-open 3-pointer. Lee walked off the floor to the locker room and said he would try to play tonight.

• The Grizzlies acquired Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis in the three-team Rudy Gay deal, Prince has played 23 games with the Grizzlies, averaging 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, shooting 42.8 percent.

• The Celtics have lost three consecutive game, their longest streak since losing Rajon Rondo to injury. The schedule doesn't get any easier with the New York Knicks on Tuesday, a tricky game at Cleveland on Wednesday and home against Atlanta on Friday. Davis is averaging 14.3 minutes per game off the bench, averaging 4.9 points.

• An interesting free agent to watch this summer if Tony Allen, who is in the final year of the three-year deal he signed with Memphis.

• In their past two games, the Celtics have been outrebounded a combined 93-66 and are 9-for-31 shooting from the 3-point line.

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