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Thursday, November 28, 2013
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By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens isn't certain why his team's record at home this season (2-5) isn't better. But he's certain it has nothing to do with the level of support from the fans, even as Boston navigates this rocky transition process.

"It’s certainly not the atmosphere; the atmosphere has been great," Stevens said after a feverish fourth-quarter rally came up short in a 100-93 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. "Of all the atmospheres I’ve been in in the NBA, and I haven’t been here very long, this is by far my favorite.

"With the passion and how loud the fans are, [Wednesday's game] was outstanding. But I guess the one thing I will say is I think the last three teams we’ve played in here are awfully good basketball teams, and I can’t think back before Indiana and Portland, to be honest. I forget who we played before that. At the end of the day, we need to get better at home, we need to get better on the road, we need to become a better basketball team."

Boston owns wins over Utah and Orlando at home, while falling to Memphis, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Portland, and Indiana. For whatever reason, Boston has been better away from TD Garden posting a 4-5 record on the road.

"We have an away home advantage, if that makes any sense," quipped second-year forward Jared Sullinger. "We gotta win more at home, that is what’s going to get us into the playoffs. Winning on the road and constantly battling at home."

Before you dive into your own first plate on Turkey Day, some additional leftovers from Wednesday's game: