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Boston Celtics v Toronto Raptors

If it wasn’t obvious coming into the game, it should be painfully obvious after this game. The Celtics are a veteran playoff team and the Raptors are an inexperienced, surefire lottery team…albeit without an actual lottery pick.

Now let’s get to some thoughts on the game…

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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.

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I was obviously expecting a Raptors loss in Boston today, especially when it was revealed that Rajon Rondo would return to Boston’s lineup, so I can’t say I’m frustrated or disappointed with the result itself. But when the Raps dig themselves a 16-point first half hole to a vastly superior team, then claw back to make it a two-point game late in the third quarter, it’s hard not to be frustrated at a final spread of 19 points.

Here are some thoughts on the game:

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Start time: 12:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Dominic McGuire, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Boston: Leandro Barbosa, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett

Injury report

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson are all out.

Boston: Rajon Rondo is questionable to play today, Avery Bradley is out until December.

Random thoughts

  • Believe it or not, the Raptors actually have a two-game winning streak against the Celtics, and they held the Celtics under 80 points in both of those games.
  • If Rondo is unavailable today, that’s not necessarily a crippling blow for the Celtics — they were 9-5 last season (including a playoff game) when Rondo wasn’t in the lineup.
  • Having said that, the Raptors played the Celtics in Boston without Rondo on February 1, and the Celtics won 100-64. Ouch.

By this point, most Raptors fans have come to terms with the fact that this team is aiming to make the playoffs this season. We’re not all in agreement about whether it’s good for the franchise to grab a seventh or eighth seed and then get destroyed in the first round, but that is what the 2012-13 Raptors are realistically aspiring to accomplish.

The Toronto Raptors haven’t been invited to the post-season party since 2008, so it would be kind of nice to end that drought — assuming, of course, that it was a sign of greater things to come in future seasons. However, this off-season has shifted the balance of power in the Eastern Conference in a way that should leave little doubt that the Atlantic Division — you know, the division in which the Raptors reside — is the strongest division in the Conference. Matter of fact, it could very well be the deadliest division in the whole league in 2012-13.

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