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