Celtics bench unit keeps thriving with Greg Monroe on the sideline

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On paper, the Memphis Grizzlies are the kind of opponent that should have been a good matchup for Greg Monroe. They are a struggling team that plays a lot hard-nosed, rebounding bigs on their front line in Marc Gasol, JaMychal Green and Deyonta Davis. The 27-year-old reserve big man was expected to get an opportunity to break out of his slump, but he never got a chance to see the floor on Monday. The stellar play of Daniel Theis and the remainder of the bench unit in the second quarter left Monroe watching as a spectator.

The combination of Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Semi Ojeleye, Marcus Morris and Theis outscored the Grizzlies by a 23-6 margin over a seven-minute stretch in the first half, turning what was a tight affair into a laugher before halftime. With the Celtics rolling, the window of opportunity for Monroe to contribute disappeared for at least one night.