Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
Boston: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O’Neal
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless are both out.
Boston: Sasha Pavlovic and Avery Bradley are questionable for tonight, Keyon Dooling and Jeff Green are out.
Will the Celtics be fatigued tonight after their one-point loss to the Lakers in overtime last night? Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each played over 40 minutes, so the Raptors have to hope they’re a step slow tonight if they’re going to have a shot at beating them for the first time this season. The Celtics have already notched two regular season and two pre-season wins over the Raptors, and the regular season victories were by a combined margin of 59 points.
Prior to last night’s OT setback, the Celtics had won five straight games and eight of their last 10. I think it’s safe to say that we wrote them off too soon, yet again. I think I might call them the Boston Voorhees from now because they just… won’t… die. If you watched the Raptors fail to score over 75 points in each of their previous two games in Boston, you know that the Celtics’ defensive intensity is still on point.
Based on this James Johnson quote from the ESPN preview of this game, we might see a more inspired performance from the Raptors compared to the two previous lackluster efforts: “They’ve been beating us since the preseason so it’s getting old. They’re not just beating us but beating us bad. It’s time for us to buckle down. We definitely need to come out flying and treat this game like it’s Game 7. We can’t go out like we’ve been going out against Boston.”
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