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What we expected: Boston Celtics drop first preseason game 97-89 to Toronto Raptors

Point guard Jordan Crawford worked a heckuva lot better than you'd expect.

Here’s a list of things we expected from the Celtics tonight:

  • The offense would struggle early.
  • Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk might work nicely together.
  • The Celtics would play hard and be competitive.
  • We had no idea what to realistically expect.

The game itself was entertaining, if only because it was impossible to prepare for what happened. Jordan Crawford took three shots and was clearly a positive on the floor at point guard. Gerald Wallace not only went 6-10 from the field, he knocked down a series of jumpers that could not have been further from his arsenal last year. Even Vitor Faverani looked decent running the floor and contesting around the basket.

And yet, the Celtics lost. Rudy Gay, finally able to see the basket, responded by knocking down seven of 11 shots from the field. The Raptors seemed to have an answer to each of the Celtics’ attempts to get back in the game (including a couple of VERY loud dunks by Terrence Ross), which ultimately doomed Boston down the stretch. Not even Steezus could bring the C’s back.

Much more to come…

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  • High Rollers

    Any clear leaders out there?

  • hax

    Sullinger 0-2 from 3 point range. How did this happen?

  • High Rollers

    Must have been end of clock situation. Hot potato offense. He can hit those once in a while, but probably not what Stevens had in mind.

  • Eric

    I enjoyed watching the game. Some nice individual defense and some nice passes. I like 25 assists on 33 baskets. Raptors had 25 turnovers, mostly because of strong individual defense by the C's. (Our team defense was poor.) Celtics had only 14 turnovers, which is impressive given the motley lineups out there. Outrebounded by 20 — oof.

    Sullinger picked up where he left off. Bradley looked strong until the Raptors remembered to press him — it'll be good to have Rondo back.

    But, OMG, Jeff Green? This seemed like his statement game, and that statement was: "I'm going to do nothing whatsoever to make an impact." 23 minutes, 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers, 0 energy. He's theoretically the best Celtic on the floor. Terrifying.