Thursday, March 23

Memphis Grizzlies lose regular season finale to Boston Celtics

After 81 games, there was nothing left for the Memphis Grizzlies to prove this regular season. So on Sunday, a day of rest for churchgoers and some businesses, the Grizzlies followed suit.

Five regular rotation players were ruled out pregame, including Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. Desmond Bane and Brandon Clarke were in uniform but didn’t play. There was no chase for a 57th win, which would’ve set a franchise record.

Stopping at 56 wins wasn’t a bad reward. Neither was John Konchar getting his first professional triple-double to the delight of his teammates and coach Taylor Jenkins, who fist-pumped in celebration.

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Apr 10, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Jarrett Culver (23) drives to the basket as Boston Celtics guard  Jaylen Brown(7) defends during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies 139-110’s loss to the Boston Celtics at FedExForum was a footnote to perhaps the best regular season in franchise history. Now all eyes turn to the playoffs starting this weekend.

The Grizzlies will know exact dates and times for games no later than Tuesday night along with their opponent after the first night of the play-in tournament. After being in last year’s tournament, they could enjoy it this time around as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

“So much growth has happened individually and as a team we’ve taken our standard up a level one year after another,” Jenkins said pregame. “This is the end of the regular season today but we know we’ve got so many bigger goals ahead of us.”

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Here’s what we learned as the regular season ended.

Memphis Grizzlies guard John Konchar (46) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

John Konchar triple double

John Konchar, who started with De’Anthony Melton, Ziaire Williams, Kyle Anderson and Xavier Tillman, already excited fans Sunday with a first quarter poster dunk. But he had the Grizzlies (56-26) bench thrilled in the fourth while chasing personal glory.

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