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