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Game 78/82: Celtics (48-29) vs. Raptors (38-39)

 

Boston at Toronto
7:00 p.m. EST
Air Canada Centre
CSN/WEEI

Offensive Efficiency:

Boston: 107.4 points/100 possessions (15th)

Toronto: 110.9 points/100 possessions (7th)

Defensive Efficiency:

Boston: 103.1 points allowed/100 possessions (4th).

Toronto: 112.9 points allowed/100 possessions (30th)

Probable Toronto starters:

Hedo Turkoglu, DeMarr DeRozan/Sonny Weems, Andrea Bargnani, Jarret Jack/ Jose Calderon, ahh who knows?

Thumbnail:  The Celtics come into the Air Canada Centre to face an injury-depleted Raptors team that should just roll over.  Chris Bosh is out tonight.  Antoine Wright it out tonight.  The Raptors are the worst defensive team in the league and one of their best players (Hedo Turkoglu) has been horribly disappointing this year.  It appears that the East cannot give away the eighth playoff spot with strong effort from both Toronto and Chicago to give it away.  Now with the injuries to Bosh and Wright, the Raptors should be in the driver’s seat to finish first for an early vacation.

WHAT THE RAPTORS DO WELL:

Athleticism

Yes.  They do well at athleticism.  I know that does not make any grammatical sense but I do not care.  It is hard enough to come up with things a Bosh-less Raptors’ team does well. 

The Raptors are athletic and hardworking.  Sonny Weems is a strong guy who can annoy anyone he is guarding with his strength and his athleticism and Reggie Evans can out-muscle and out-dirty anyone. 

Threes

Despite their defensive shortcomings, there must have been a reason why the Raptors held down a playoff spot for most of the year.  The most obvious reason being their three point shooting.  The Raptors are third in the league in 3P% mostly due to the array of outside shooters they have.  Turkoglu, Bargnani, Jarrett Jack, Jose Calderon, and Marco Belinelli shoot over 37% from behind the arc. 

WHAT THE RAPTORS DO POORLY:

Defend

The Raptors can not defend Yi’s chair. They rank below league average in each of the Defensive Four Factors (eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA) and they are very last in the league in steals and second to last in TOV%.

WHO MAKES ME WORRY:

Oh I don’t know…how about any guy over 6’8″ that can shoot the rock.  Given how poorly the Celtics played Danilo Gallinari last night I could Turkoglu and Bargnani lighting this team up from deep.

Reggie Evans

This guy has the potential to injure any player on the Celtics.  If I were Doc, I would play all end-of-the-rotation guys with him on the floor.

WHO DOES NOT KEEP MAKE ME WORRY:

Anyone Else,but especially DeMarr DeRozan and Sonny Weems.

I like these kids, but they don’t keep me up at night.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE FROM THE C’s:

Passion? Fervor? Offensive Efficiency? Rebounding? Limited Turnovers?

I would take any combination of three of these things and be satisfied.

Prediction:  Let’s stay positive.  Why not?  The Raptors are a bad team and they are worse without Bosh.

Celtics 110, Raptors 87

  • Cptn Bubbles

    The Cs have played well vs the Raps this year BUT this is a back to back & our defense is allowing everyone over 100 points. I thought we would have an easy time with the injury depleted Rockettes, but we had a lot of problems rebounding against a 6’9 Scola & a 6’6 center. The 6’6″ center, Chuck Hayes, had double the rebounds of KG & 1 more rebound than Perk…..

    UGH!

    We all want to see some effort on the defensive end. No more giving up triple digits. I’d rather watch Shelden play the whole game if he was giving 100% than to watch our starters giving 50% or less. When Tommy & Mike are lamenting the Cs getting less than 10% of the 50/50 balls it is time to shake things up Doc.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Sonny Weems says the Cavs would rather face the Bulls t han the Raps in the first round. Sonny Weems is funny.

  • Jrmz

    Sonny Weems is the guy most famous for chucking the ball to a teammate in a slam dunk contest and all I remember is the commentator saying, “Whose Sonny Weems? You got Chauncey Billups, one of the best point guards in the NBA and you’re getting Sonny Weems to pass the ball to you???”

  • I love Green

    Haha and Sonny Weems has 17 at half. We should really stop making fun of players because then they go and light us up.

  • rondoislove

    @ I love Green:

    17 at half, 21 to end the game. :)

    I’m not watching the game so I don’t know what’s actually going on… but does anyone know why Sheed’s getting more minutes than Perk? He seemed to be doing pretty okay, on paper anyway.

    YAY, NO UPSET TODAY!

  • NickFaldo

    Probably Sheed is in there to get his confidence going and Perk has the tendinitis problem. Maybe because of Simmons’ article, Doc is trying to get Sheed to feel better about himself. It’s basically too late to not have Sheed in the rotation. For all his flaws, he has the height and the resume. I’d like to see Sheed told no more threes or only one or two a game. They should really get him posting up a lot more than he has. Even Simmons likes that aspect of his game. That was a solid win. I like how Doc managed it. I like how Tony has emerged as a major player in the rotation. I want to see Finley and Nate be secret weapons for here and there and not relied on any one game unless they are playing very well. Tony’s great play this year allows Doc to do that. I think a lot of people just hate Tony Allen no matter what. I think Tony Allen is the key to the Celtics becoming a player in the playoffs.

  • Jason

    Four starters score 18, 19, 20 and 21 and the fifth scores 7 on a mere 2 shots. That’s a great start. Then, get at least one decent bench contribution (tonight that’s Finley, 14 points on 7 shots). So, with that, how do you beat Toronto by only 11?

  • J-Bad

    All you guys do is complain even if this team wins. What kind of fans are you? They lose and their a bad team to you. They win against a top team and they get lucky to you. They win against a not so good team and they should have won by more. If you guys would actually think, this team does not care about the regular season and they simply are dying to get to the playoffs. All you dumb fans that argue about this team being bad, at least their FULLY healthy heading into the playoffs unlike last year. I know they lack a sense of urgency in regular season games, but wen playoff time comes, then you horrible fans will jump back on the bandwagon.

  • Jason

    @J-dumbass This is the Raptors, already a bad team, WITHOUT BOSH. This game should’ve been over at halftime.

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  • jeryl

    I agree with you j bad ass we will be dominate we have one bad problem and its sheed and his ignorant behavior momentum killer look at his teams reaction how they look at him inside i know they think why do we have this guy

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