Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

How do I not remember this series of events? What happened here?

Andrea Bargnani returns to the lineup when the Raptors host the Celtics at the ACC.

Start time: 7:00 PM ET

Channel: Sportsnet

Probable starting lineups

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray

Boston: Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett

Injury report

Toronto: Landry Fields is out, while Linas Kleiza and Mickael Pietrus are questionable…or something

Boston: Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger are out

Random Thoughts:

  • The obvious headline coming into tonight’s game is the return of Andrea Bargnani. More on that here.
  • Aaron Gray has earned his minutes recently, but I can’t say I agree with starting him tonight. Just like Miami with Bosh, the Celtics play a small-ish lineup that sees Kevin Garnett man the five-spot, so I’m not confident Gray can keep up. The hope would have to be that Gray can exploit his size advantage on the glass and that his lack of quickness doesn’t cost the Raptors.
  • Considering the Raptors won both home games against the Celtics with a worse team last season and the fact that Rondo is out, this is certainly a winnable game for the Raps, but there’s no way Toronto should be looking past Boston. The Celts have won four in a row without Rondo by an average of nearly nine points per game, though if there is one thing that jumps out at me in the winning streak, it’s that Boston has yet to play a road game since Rajon was ruled out for the season.
  • Even with Gay in the fold, I maintain that the Raptors have dug themselves much too big of a hole (7.5 games behind Boston) to squeak into the playoffs, but suffice to say, if the team actually does still have post-season aspirations, tonight’s game is an absolute must-win. For Toronto to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs, they probably have to finish the season 23-11 while beating the Celtics in all three remaining matchups.

Comments (10)

  1. So apparently that second unit ain’t so good.

    • I’m trying to wrap my head around Ross and Val have about 7 minutes COMBINED halfway through the fourth quarter. They need Anderson gone and Gray to the end of the bench. If they second unit is going to suck, it should suck while developing the young guys.

      • We were developing the young guys, Aaron Gray and Alan Anderson are part of the young and developing core of this team.

      • You must enjoy watching rookies get punked. I suppose it is entertaining but I think Casey was believing the advance press saying they could win this.

        • Watching Alan Anderson go 2-7 and Aaron Gray get 20 minutes while two top 8 picks get 7 minutes total is the equivalent of the fanbase and future of the team getting punked.

  2. If you average the minutes out Bargnani played as good a night point wise as Gay. If Bargnani played 41 minutes he would of scored 25 points, and he shots better than Gay, although Gay rebounds better than Bargnani.

    Whether people like Bargnani or not, after Gay he is the second best player on this team. If the Raptors opt to trade Bargnani then they need to make sure they get something good back in return. He is under contract for a few more years, no need to sell him chealpy to another team.

    • Careful now. The “fans” have fantasized that Lowry is the answer, Gay the next Bryant, Calderon needed to be gone because they love the excitement of the turnover and Bargs is worth a bag of balls. Loved the class from the fans as they booed Bargs. What is even more humorous is that they call him a loser. Now that, is funny.
      Lets hear the old refrain again now, “no stars want to play in TO”.
      Wonder why.

      • Why the scare quotes on fans? People aren’t fans if they disagree with you?

        • What’s to disagree? Rude is rude. Bargs is doing his job to the best of his ability. If you want to dump on BC for selecting him or Casey for playing him that would make a little more sense. But to boo him for walking on the floor? For being a member of this team? Makes as much sense as booing Bosh.
          I’m certainly not trying to scare anyone so not sure what you mean by scare quotes.
          If you disagree with a team’s direction don’t go to the games but if you do go please respect the other fans that came to watch the game. Make your complaints in writing to the team and leave us out of it.

  3. Good to see j.v get some run . He walked to the annouce table got his tear aways off then got called back to sit down and thats all i seen of him . Dont understand how barny just walks in and gets his time back . I hope its just for his stock to rise . They should just let ross play back up point guard . He looks rusty out there due to lack of playing time

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