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Game 10: Raptors (2-6) @ Celtics (5-4) Open Thread

Toronto @ Boston
TD Garden
12:30 PM EST

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 102.9 points/100 possessions (9th)
Toronto: 99.4 points/100 possessions (19th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 102.7 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)
Toronto: 102.8 points allowed/100 possessions (23rd)

Probable Toronto Starters:
Jose Calderon (PG), DeMar DeRozan (SG), Dominic McGuire (SF), Andrea Bargnani (PF), Jonas Valanciunas (C)

Injury Report:
Boston: Rajon Rondo is day-to-day with a sprained ankle.
Toronto: Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields are both out.

View From The Opposing Bench: Raptors Republic

Thumbnail: It’s due to injury as much as Bryan Colangelo this time but the Raptors once again arrive at the TD Garden a messy, sub-.500 team. Without Lowry and Fields, they lose much of their grit and will lean on the same holdovers — DeRozan, Bargnani and Calderon — who’ve had so little success the last couple of years.

The Celtics actually have much in common with the Raps right now and the similarities aren’t flattering to either team. They’re playing at almost exactly the same slow pace, with almost identical bottom-10 defensive efficiencies. And neither team does much on the boards. Throw all that in a cauldron with Rondo’s injury, the early start time and we could be in for a loose, unpredictable game.

One key area of focus for the Celtics today: Rebounding. Brooklyn slaughtered the Celtics in the first half of Thursday’s loss, piling up 16 offensive rebounds in 24 minutes. If the C’s defense is likely to come around by mid-season, there’s no evidence Danny Ainge has addressed Boston’s chronic and crippling rebounding problems.


Boston 101 Toronto 96

  • jman

    It's been awhile since I've bitched about calls especially the other night against Brooklyn, but I let it go for the C's should of been able to beat the bad calls. But these calls in the first half so far are amazingly horrible. I feel I'm watching WWF…lol C's get out on a huge lead and the refs bring it back.

  • Phil

    Doesn't seem to be a lot of excitement over this win. 12:30's just too early, you roll out of bed and the game's in the third quarter!

  • janos

    were is grads? how long is take make A+ Rondos 20 assist, mvp ?

    day game nice time for night work man; on wish more this ones. have the trouble today becase daughter is call and ask for go brunch her +boyfriend who is still arounds but am not like this guy. so make a decline for watch nba and get the trouble talk, her. any day can have eat ok but on live game watch; not; see all the time so save me one breaks for once?

  • Switcharoo

    NBA.com has a 2 minute highlights reel of just Rondo and his $2 worth of dimes lol! Nice game to watch on a lazy Saturday afternoon aside from the crappy calls in the first half.

  • Switcharoo

    Not this fan Phil, been up since 5am that’s to my 17 month old alarm clock lol. But I wonder why it was a 12:30 game. Something happening at the Garden tonight maybe? No matter to me I’m down with an afternoon show.

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