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Game 26/66: Celtics (14-11) @ Raptors (8-19) Open Thread

Boston at Toronto
7:o0 PM
Air Canada Centre
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 101.9 points/100 possessions (19th)
Toronto: 97.0 points/100 possessions (28th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 97.4 points/100 possessions (2nd)
Toronto: 104.0 points/100 possessions (19th)

Probable Toronto Starters: Jose Calderon(PG), DeMar DeRozan(SG), James Johnson (SF), Aaron Gray (PF) Amir Johnson (C)

View from the Opposing Bench: Raptors Republic

Injury Report
Boston: Jermaine O’Neal is out. Keyon Dooling (hip pointer) is out. Sasha Pavlovic is out.
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani (too much pasta) is out.

THUMBNAIL:

Apologies for the delay folks, but to give us some credit, the C’s took the first quarter off for this one as well. Heyo! With the heavy minutes logged last night, along with a 3am arrival in Toronto, Boston is short on energy against a Toronto squad hell-bent on revenge after a flogging last week in Boston. The good news is the Raptors still have just as little talent healthy as they did last Wednesday, making this game entirely winnable despite being of the back-to-back variety. With the little margin of error Boston has created for themselves, they have to push hard here to avoid following into another swoon with two dates against Chicago looming next week.

Prediction

Celtics 82, Raptors 80

  • New English

    Not that i've seen a second of this game, but based on the stat sheet after 2.5 quarters it looks like Simmons got into Rondo's head…

  • ripsonics

    cool.

    this team desperately needs another scorer that can create. Rondo can't really create a whole lot in a half court setting because everyone just backs off of him. He is best in the open court finding people, and when the defense breaks down. Paul had 11 shots tonight. 11.

  • ElRoz

    this teams needs to just bear this season until the big contracts of KG, Allen, and JO come off the books…this team this year is not going anywhere…it mostly is not a good team. Don't get me wrong, I love KG…but right now he takes up $23 million…JO is not worth the money.