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A Good Fight: Raptors 93, Celtics 87

When Gerald Wallace went on a bit of rant a couple weeks back in Toronto, he spoke about wanting his team to show some fight all game long. This team wasn’t talented enough to not give 100 percent effort, to give in to the opposition during slumps. They had to play hard for 48 minutes, and show some grit if they wanted to compete.

Thankfully, that’s exactly what we saw tonight from this crew tonight. After a miserable second quarter, where they mustered a mere 14.3 percent shooting from the field, erasing all the good feelings from a strong first quarter, the C’s could have given in. After falling behind by 15 points following a barrage of Raptors’ jumpers, they could have given in. That didn’t happen though.

The 15-point deficit was erased by the end of the third quarter and the C’s were nip-and-tuck with Toronto for the majority of the fourth quarter, before turnovers (22) and a lack of shooting did the new-look roster in during Brad Stevens’ debut. 

There were highlights (Jeff Green with a game-high 25 points, an impressive debut by Vitor Faverani), lowlights (defensive rebounding, Courtney Lee) but all in all there was plenty to build upon.

We’ll have some full analysis upcoming later this evening. In the meantime, go cheer yourself up and watch the end of the Red Sox game!

  • I live on the West Coast and don't have League Pass. I just looked at the box score.

    How did Gerald Wallace play 40 minutes and have 1 FGA?

  • Garry

    It's actually s free preview this week. I live on west coast and watched. He was more an energy guy and a facilitator. Celtics just couldn't shoot or rebound. Lots of energy though.

  • High Rollers

    Starts and ends with fight. Good to hear the rebuilding C's are bringing it.

    Can't wait to see it grow into something #9 can entertain us with when he gets back on that floor. I wouldn't mind a little make-shift Lob City in green highlights to start 2014. Play hard. Have fun. What else is there?

    Meanwhile, Miami drops their tilt with Voted Most Likely To Tank Philly tonight.

  • YouSerious?

    I can't wait for someone to come on here and blast Jeff Green after he got 25 points tonight, ha!

    • CelticsBIG3

      Jeff Green has arrived!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Philadelphia screwed up their tanking plan. How are you supposed to tank when your beating Miami? Boston, 1 – Philadelphia, 0.

    • hax

      Jeff Green has arrived!

  • Danny

    i know you're all excited here for a rebuild and want this team to lose, but wow was that a painful game to watch.

    • The Cardinal

      My expectations are so low, it was just fun seeing them compete and not hang their heads when they got down by double figures. The flip side is unlike many, I wouldn't mind seeing them compete for a playoff spot – I just don't think they can do it with Avery Bradley as the de facto starting PG. This isn't a knock on on AB – it's just an observation both he and the players on the floor play better when he isn't a primary ball handler, which simply continues the trend we saw last year after Barbosa went down.

      Using last night as an example, I'm guessing a even a mediocre point guard or two on the floor for 36 – 42 minutes would have reduced the turnovers by at least a quarter and would have gotten the bigs in better position to score an additional 8 -14 points in the paint, which probably would have resulted in a victory on the road for the C's. Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching.

      • Danny

        agreed. but some of the turnovers were just rough, and the missed courtney lee layup followed by missed crawford put back reall stood out to me. Maybe it was because the raptors are bad too it felt like watching a jv high school game at times.

  • buh scti

    0-82 here we come