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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Raptors

Tip: 12:30 PM     Court: TD Garden    Watch it: CSN  Hear it: WEEI

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The Matchup

Record: 5-4 Record: 2-6
At Home: 2-2 On Road: 1-3
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Won 1
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (20.0 ppg) Buckets: Demar DeRozan (20.0 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (8.0 rpg) Boards: Amir Johnson (6.0 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (12.6 apg) Dimes: Jose Calderon (6.0 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 104.7 (10th NBA) Offensive Rating: 102.1 (20th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 106.0 (23rd NBA) Defensive Rating: 106.2 (24th NBA)
Pace: 91.9 (18th NBA) Pace: 91.2 (24th NBA)

Last time

Boston and Toronto split (2-2) their regular season match-ups last season. The Celtics average margin of victory was 29 points. The Celtics have won 8 straight at home over the Raptors.

This time

Get it to: Kevin Garnett

I’m not sure who will guard KG – Andrea Bargnani (pretty please) or rookie Jonas Valanciunas (how do you say mother-fu#%er in Lithuanian?), but either match-up is beneficial to Boston. Let’s just hope Garnett can get his aging body loose enough for the early tip-off.

Gotta stop: Andrea Bargnani

DeMar DeRozan is the Raptors most explosive scorer, but I’m not overly concerned about him. I’m using the reverse lock logic on Bargnani. His scoring is down, he’s shooting just 35% this season, and he’s likely to be locked up with KG. But Bargnani is the type of guy the Celtics might sleep on and he’ll burn them. Let DeRozan get his, but limit the damage by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th options.

The Wild Card: The early tip-off

12:30 tip-offs are rare for the Celtics. They are 1-2 in three noon games over the past two seasons. It’s possible the C’s could sleepwalk through the first half and need a pissed off Doc Rivers to wake them at halftime.

How we see it goin’ down

The Raptors are not a good offensive team (19th in offensive efficiency). They shoot poorly (41% – 26th) and don’t pass well (24th in assists). They are not a good rebounding team (22nd total).

No word  yet on Rajon Rondo’s availability. With or without Rondo, I like Boston big. Toronto just isn’t that good.

UPDATE:  Rondo is playing

BOS 103

TOR 88


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  • Evan Green

    Trap game!

  • Drew

    Boston big? I don’t know about that. The Raptors holding a 10 point lead through most of the game wouldn’t surprise me.

    • p funk

      Being a pessimist must really suck when your wrong…go c’s!!

      • Brick James


  • 17rings

    raptors scored 5 points in the fourth quarter the other day.. I think we got this

  • jim


  • p funk

    RONDO!! Quack quack…Somebody get me a napkin! Haha

  • Hudson

    is darko hurt? how come he doesn’t even get garbage time minutes?

  • Drew

    See what happens when we out rebound teams!! Beautiful game, Terry was hot.

  • screaming jay


  • Brick James

    Chuckstradamus, very nice prediction. Should’ve taken the C’s -8 on this one. Fantasy money, of course.