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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Raptors

Chuck - Red's Army February 6, 2013 Gametime, Previews 12 Comments

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The Matchup

Record: 24-23 Record: 17-31
On road: 7-14 At home: 12-12
Streak: Won 4 Streak: Lost 1

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.6 ppg) Buckets: DeMar DeRozan (17.6 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.3 rpg) Boards: Amir Johnson (6.9 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.0 apg) Dimes: Kyle Lowry (5.8 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.2 (27th NBA) Offensive Rating: 106.3 (12th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.7 (7th NBA) Defensive Rating: 108.3 (26th NBA)
Pace: 91.3 (18th NBA) Pace: 90.0 (25th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics destroyed the Raptors, 107-89, on November 17. Rajon Rondo, the man who many believe is a human clog for the Celtics offense, had 20 assists. Jason Terry, the man many believe has been hampered by Rondo’s existence, scored 20 points. The C’s have lost 3 of the last 4 games in Toronto.

This time

Get it to: Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass 

Attack the Raptors frontcourt. While Amir Johnson is an above-average defender, he’s also foul prone. And Aaron Gray is a heavy-footed 7-footer who should be a liability in pick-and-pops and in transition. Andrea Bargnani – out for two months with an elbow injury – is expected to play tonight. Depending on his level of rust, he could help defend against Boston’s jump shooting bigs.

Gotta stop:  Rudy Gay

The newest Raptor is averaging 24.5 ppg since landing in Toronto. He has range and can finish on the break. Paul Pierce is going to need some help.

The Wild Card:  Transition defense 

Despite being one of the top offenses in the league, the Raptors are the least effective in transition. But that may change with the addition of Gay and the promotion of Kyle Lowry to starting point guard. While the Celtics will focus on stopping Toronto’s half-court offense, they better not sleep or else Gay and DeMar DeRozan will put on a dunk contest.

How we see it goin’ down

The Celtics are sinking to a pathetic level on the road – they’ve dropped 3 straight and 11 of 14. But should they really be 3 point underdogs to the woeful Raptors – a team that’s dropped 9 of 12?

I like Boston to continue it’s smart play, especially coming off a couple days of rest and practice.

Celtics 103

Raptors 99

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  • http://slapdoghoops.blogspot.com Slap Dog Hoops

    I can see the Raptors stealing this one. They match up pretty well with the Celtics and the addition of Ruday gay will certainly give plenty of problems to the aging Paul Pierce.

    • http://gogreengo17.wordpress.com greensavi0r

      Not if Jeff Green has something to say about it. He is really starting to flourish in Doc’s defensive system

  • Nate

    I could care less about the Lakers game tomorrow(they are really beat up) so I hope Doc plays everyone normal minutes this game and beat the upstart Raptors!

    • Larry Legend

      Tonight is a big game, sad to say, but it is. Celts have got to win games they’re supposed to win

    • Lui

      Huh? You can care less about the laker game tomorrow? What kind of a Celtics fan are you? There are three things we should care about. 1) Wining championships. 2) Beating the lakers. 3) Making sure those bastards never pass us up on the banner count! Come on man! The laker game is much more important than the freakin’ raptors game tonight!

      • I bleed green in L.A.

        ^ plus 1

  • eddysamson

    I see this one being closer than we’d like with a loss being a real possibility.

  • http://mrcuret.wordpress.com mrcuret

    Hopefully the C’s can take care of business early tonight so they can rest Pierce & KG for tomorrow’s game against the Lakers.

  • Stephanie

    I see this as an important game with the “new look” C’s because they have to get these road games.

  • omitasub

    watch, that prediction will be bang on!

  • SamR

    Wow, 2 projections in a row that nailed the margin exactly and was close on the points.

  • Me

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=bbr5kcl

    Boston Gets
    Timofey Mozgov
    Anthony Randolph

    Denver Gets
    Patrick Patterson

    Houston Gets
    Brandon Bass