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Game 1: Celtics (0-0) @ Raptors (0-0) Open Thread

 

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2013/1007/nba_a_green_gb1_576x324.jpgBoston at Toronto
7:00 P.M. ET
Air Canada Centre

CSNNE

2012-13 Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 101.1 points/100 possessions (20th)
Toronto:
102.9 points/100 possessions (14th)

2012-13 Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.4 points allowed/100 possessions (6th)
Toronto:
104.7 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)

Probable Raptors Starters:
Kyle Lowry (PG), DeMar DeRozan (SG), Rudy Gay (SF), Amir Johnson (PF) & Jonas Valanciunas (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Raptors Republic

Thumbnail: And so it begins again. The Celtics begin the 2013-14 season where they played the final game of the last regular season: the Air Canada Centre. With Boston kicking off the NBA’s 68th year of operation in Toronto, the Celtics will have finished one regular season and began the next one at the same road venue for the first time in franchise history.

Although the Raptors made some changes to their roster in the offseason, their starting lineup will most likely be the exact same as it was on the final night of last season. Obviously, the Celtics will not bring last year’s starting five to the opener, but there sure will be a lot to watch for in this contest.

The official start of the Brad Stevens era will be on display Wednesday, as he opposes a man on the other bench with almost two decades of NBA coaching experience. Raptors coach Dwane Casey enters his third season with the Canadian basketball franchise after being an assistant for the 2011 champion Mavericks.

Two Celtics have spent some time above the border: forwards Kelly Olynyk and Kris Humphries. Olynyk was born in Toronto and then moved to British Columbia while he was in middle school. On the other hand, Humphries was a Raptor for three seasons. Since being traded in 2009, Hump has had some real success against his former team.

In the four games that he has played at least 35 minutes versus the Raptors, he has averaged 15 points, 17.8 rebounds and 6.5 offensive rebounds per game in leading his teams to a 4-0 record with a margin of victory of 10 points per game. Celtics fans hope they can see this trend continue.

Prediction: Humphries steps up, but the Celtics cannot overcome the absence of Jared Sullinger.

Raptors 97, Celtics 92

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  • hax

    Can't overcome the lack of sullinger shooting 3's really?

  • jonathan

    Who were the starting 5 out there?

    • The Cardinal

      Faverani (sp?), AB, Green, Wallace and Bass. It's pretty clear that with a decent point guard, the new bigs could really have a nice impact offensively.

      • Jonathan

        Thanks!

  • hax

    Faverani and Green keeping the team in the game. Down 12 at halftime nontheless.

  • The Cardinal

    Say what you want about the contract, but I'm loving Gerald Wallace already because he plays the game the right way. He is exactly the type of veteran you need to set an example for the young guys – the dude just doesn't quit.

  • The Cardinal

    Man, the way the C's closed out the 3rd Q was fun to watch. If they consistently give that kind of effort, win or lose, I'll watch as many games as possible.

  • The Cardinal

    Lee stepping on the out-of-bounds line at a critical moment – sound familiar?

  • hax

    The Good: Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Vitor Faverani, Kris Humphries. 76'ers beat the Heat with a near quadruple-double by Carter-Williams sticking them farther away from Wiggins than the Celtics currently! Nets trade looks great for us, Pierce & Garnett are being used like they're 50 years old, and the Nets lose game 1.

    The Bad: Everyone else on the Celtics. Brooks doesn't play despite poor offensive games from all Celtic guards. Of course, The Jet lights it up from downtown for the Nets after sucking it up last year in Boston.

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