Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

The Raptors head into Boston to face a Celtics team that’s coming off of a puzzling loss to the Bobcats.

Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Boston: Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce, Jeff Green, Kevin Garnett

Injury report
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out, Rudy Gay is probable
Boston: Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger are out

Random Thoughts

  • The Celtics are coming off of back-to-back losses on the road that were very different in nature, as after hanging tough with the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon, Boston was inexplicably blown out by the dreadful Bobcats in Charlotte just last night (the Celts were without Pierce, but still, losing by 26 to Charlotte, really?). Some may see this as a sign that the Celtics are finally starting to slow down minus Rondo, and it very well may be, but you have to think they’re looking at this game against the Raptors as the one that gets them out of their little rut. In addition, Boston has won nine straight at home and has already beaten the Raptors twice this season after Toronto actually split the season-series last year.
  • With the announcement that Andrea Bargnani is likely done for the season (and probably done as a Raptor) coming on Wednesday, I wonder how long until Quincy Acy is recalled from the D-League. We’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about how much playing time we’d like to see Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross log in the final quarter of the season, but finding Acy some valuable minutes to see exactly what they have with him would also be wise.

Comments (7)

  1. Damn, not a lot of interest for this one eh guys!

    Watched a bit. There’s not much to say.

  2. Charles Barkley on NBA Gametime when reviewing this game says “Watch out for this team next year. They’ll be in the playoffs and there gonna cause trouble for other teams. Watch out.”

  3. After the first quarter, despite having the lead, you just knew the Raptors were going to lose this one. Why you ask? Because of the bullshit reffing that was going on. Every possible questionable call was going against the Raptors.

    By the end of the second, it was getting sickening to watch such bias from the refs.

    By the end of the third I wanted to throw up it was so bad. I just gave up. Stopped watching. What was the point? Meaningless game, the effort was there, but it wasn’t fair. It was sickening.

    Checked the final score today. Yup, good job refs. NOT

    • Only thing more annoying than how bad the Raps are is reading comments from homers trying to pin it on the refs. Go check gameday threads on the RealGM forums – every team’s fan’s think the refs are out to get them. We suck, get over it.

  4. I’m as disappointed as everyone else, but analysis from this point on is useless on so many levels. These guys know they’re playing for nothing at this point in the year. If they have great games, the caveat will be there’s no pressure now or they’re playing against scrubs in half these games. If they struggle, the caveat will be it’s a pointless game at the end of a disappointing season.

    I know in an ideal world fans want to see these guys play their asses off every night regardless of the standings, but you don’t have to watch pro sports for more than 5 minutes to realize that’s not the way it works for ANY team. Athletes in all sports struggle once the primary goal (championship/playoffs/whatever) is out of reach.

  5. Fuck Bargnani, he can remain a Raptor forever for all I care, hopefully he keeps getting hurt, though.

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