Something has to give as Celtics host Jazz
(SportsNetwork.com) - Someone has to win.
Two of the four remaining winless NBA teams, the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics, will meet at TD Bank Garden Wednesday night.
The C's have had off since a 95-88 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. That was the third road setback on this early part of the campaign. Boston is only 0-1 at home with the defeat coming at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Against the Grizzlies, Boston led by six after three quarters, but Memphis buried the Celtics 29-16 in the fourth.
"I thought we did a heck of a job tonight in a lot of ways," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "Out of the four games that we've played, this is the best we've played, but it's not much of a silver lining for the guys in the locker room or for me right now."
Jeff Green paced the Celtics against Memphis with 22 points. Avery Bradley added 14 and the starting Boston frontline of Gerald Wallace, Brandon Bass and Vitor Faverani combined for 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Jared Sullinger (16) and Jordan Crawford (12) scored in double figures off the bench. Boston is 0-4 for the first time since 1969-70 and hasn't started 0-5 since 1946-47.
This will be the first time Stevens sees a familiar face in Gordon Hayward. The former Butler coach and star haven't been on the same court since Butler lost the national championship game to Duke when Hayward's half-court attempt for the win clanked off the back iron.
Since, and especially this season, Hayward and his Jazz haven't experienced anything close to the glory Stevens and Hayward shared.
The fourth loss in a row for Utah came Tuesday night when the Brooklyn Nets waxed the Jazz, 104-88.
"It's frustrating losing," said Hayward. "I hate losing and we had three close ones and then kind of fell apart tonight. I think we got to try and find some positives and pick ourselves up. We got another one tomorrow."
Utah was down 24 points after three quarters and Brooklyn rested his starters for the final 12 minutes. Hayward led the way with 22 points, followed by 21 from Enes Kanter. Alec Burks added 13 for the second unit.
The Jazz visit the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors on the remainder of this trip. Utah hasn't started 0-5 since an 0-11 beginning to its inaugural campaign in New Orleans. The Jazz moved to Salt Lake City in 1979-80.
The Celtics have won five straight in this series and five straight at home against Utah.
11/06 10:23:00 ET