Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson
Boston: Avery Bradley, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O’Neal

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is expected to be out until at least early February.

Boston: Rajon Rondo is questionable for tonight, while Keyon Dooling is out until sometime in February.

Ugh. These guys again? And they come to Toronto to play the Raptors AGAIN on the 10th? I hate this schedule. If I could be a supervillain, I would call myself “The Defenestrator” and I would throw this schedule out a window.

Anyway, I’m guessing this game probably won’t be a bar fight. The Celtics are quietly rounding into form lately, winning five of their last six games and bringing their record to the .500 mark. Because these are the Celtics, they’re doing it with defense — their Defensive Rating is sixth in the league, they’re fifth in opponents’ field goal percentage and they’re second in opponents’ three-point percentage. If Rajon Rondo can’t play and Avery Bradley gets the start, I’ll be interested to see Bradley in extended playing time since I’ve heard he’s a crazy-good defender.

In the Celtics’ 96-73 win over the Raptors on Jan. 18, Rondo led both teams with 21 points. As in that game, Andrea Bargnani will be in a suit so we can expect the Raptors to have a hard time cracking the 80-points mark tonight. Good luck making it all the way through this game without flipping the channel to a less depressing one.

Random thoughts…

  • Ever wonder what it was like to wear those purple-pajama-lookin’, dinosaur-havin’ Raptors uniforms in the early days of the franchise? Not fun, if Charles Oakley and Anthony Mason were on the other team.
  • Are you moving soon and need someone to help you move the heavy stuff? Try the Mother and Son Moving Company!