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Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« on: January 06, 2011, 07:57:37 PM »

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Toronto Raptors (12-23) at Boston Celtics (27-7)
Friday, January 7
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #35, Home Game #18
TV:   TSN, CSNNE, NBA-LP 756
Radio:  CJCL,  WEEI
TD Garden  




Probable Starters
PGSGSFPFC
PG: Rajon Rondo   10.7 PPG   14.0 APG   2.4 SPG
SG:  Ray Allen   17.5 PPG 3.3 APG .438 3P%
SF:  Paul Pierce 19.0 PPG 5.3 RPG 3.6 APG
PF: Glen Davis 12.6 PPG  5.6 RPG 0.4 BPG
C:   Shaquille O'Neal 10.0 PPG 5.2 RPG 1.0 BPG

Boston Bench Mob
Marquis Daniels
Luke Harangody
Von Wafer
Avery Bradley  
Jermaine O'Neal
Semih Erden
Nate Robinson

Injured
Kendrick Perkins (knee) out
Delonte West (wrist)  out
Kevin Garnett (calf)  out




Probable Starters
PGSG SF PFC
PG:  Jose Calderon   10.0 PPG, 7,4 APG, 1.3 SPG
SG: DeMar DeRozan 13.8 PPG, 1.7 APG, .095 3P%
SF:  Amir Johnson   8.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG,  1.1 BPG
PF:  Linas Kleiza   12.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.0 APG
C:  Andrea Bargnani    21.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 0.8 BPG  

Raptors Bench
Solomon Alabi
Leandro Barbosa
Ronald Dupree
Julian Wright
Ed Davis

Injuries
Jerryd Bayless (ankle)  questionable
Sonny Weems (back) out
Reggie Evans (foot)  out
Peja Stojakovic (knee)  out


Team Connections
Reggie Evans and Ray Allen were teammates in Seattle from 2003-06
Julian Wright and Paul Piece both attended the University of Kansas
Leandro Barbosa and Shaquille O’Neal were teammates in Phoenix during the2008-09 season
Von Wafer and Linas Kleiza were teammates in Denver during the 2007-08 season
Jermaine O’Neal played in Toronto during the 2008-09 season

Key Matchups
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Shaquille O'Neal vs Andrea Bargnani  
This is where KG is going to be missed.  Neither Shaq nor Big Baby matches up well with Bargnani.  Shaq is not quick enough to shadow him out to the perimeter and Big Baby has a big height disadvantage.  Semih might be our best center to match up with him.  

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Rajon Rondo vs Jose Calderon
How will Rondo follow up his triple double vs San Antonio?  He should have the advantage over Calderon and if he comes to play may have another big game.  

Honorable Mention
Ray Allen vs DeMar DeRozan
Ray had a big game against the Spurs and hopefully can pick up where he left off in that game (minus the free throw misses).  DeRozan is becoming a go to guy for the Raptors and so Ray needs to tire him out by running him off of screens along with making him play defense by hitting his shots.

Keys to the Game
Rebound -  The Celtics have got to crash the boards to prevent second chance points. The Celtics have been out rebounded in 7 straight games now although they were within one rebound of the Spurs.   Rebounding takes effort and when they aren't winning the battle of the boards, they aren't putting the effort out in other areas either.  

No Let Down - After a big game like the Celtics had against the Spurs there is always the chance that the Celtics will have a let down game and play down to competition.  The Raptors are not a good team but have already caught the Celtics napping and beat them in their first meeting.  The Celtics should not lose 2 games to this team and need to take this one seriously in spite of the Raptors' record.  

Defense -  The Celtics must make defense their first priority in each and every game.  Without KG, they just can't play defense in spurts and expect to turn it on at the end.  They must play strong defense all game.  With the Raptors, they must particularly guard the perimeter as they love to shoot from beyond the arc.  
 
Control the Paint - The Celtics need to continue to rule the paint on both ends of the court.  They have to continue to take the ball to the hoop and not just depend on jumpers, especially if the jumpers aren't falling.  They have outscored their opponents in the paint in most of their games and they have to continue that trend.  Also they have to defend the paint and not allow easy shots and put backs by the Raptors.  

Game Notes
This is the 4th and final meeting between these two teams this season.  The Raptors won the first game but the Celtics came back to win the next two.  Both teams have had a lot of injuries and both teams will be missing key players in this contest as well.  

The Raptors are 3-7 in their last 10 games and are looking to win their second straight game after beagint the Cavs on Wednesday night.  The Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 and have won 3 in a row.   The Celtics aer 15-2 at home while the Raptors are 5-13 on the road.  

The Celtics have to be careful in this game not to play down to the Raptors' record.   After a tough Spurs game it would be easy to have a let down game and come out slowly against this team.  But regardless of their record, they can be a dangerous team, as we found out in the first game between them.  

X-Factors

Trap Game and Home Court
The Celtics have to be very careful not to take this team for granted.  They can't have a let down from Wednesday's big win or they might find themselves splitting the series with the not very good Raptors 2-2 this season.  The Celtics have been doing a good job of protecting their home court and that may be the motivation they need to come out strong against this team.  

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 10:51:36 PM »

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I really hope league pass lets us listen to Mike and Tommy, because im going to smash my TV if i have to listen to the Raptors announcers talk about Derozan as if he his Micheal Jordan again .

I hope we come out swinging and everyone can continue our great playing. Hopefully we can get this one over with in the first half, and let the bench run rampid so the starters can rest for the Bulls.


Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 11:16:31 AM »

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Hopefully the C's can pull away in this one early now that Rondo appears to be back at full speed.

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 12:10:50 PM »

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TP for the GT. Go Celtics!

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 07:47:47 PM »

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Rondo starting to relaibly make his 15-footer.

Also, clearly still hobbling a bit.

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2011, 07:49:39 PM »

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Shaq active in the paint.  Desire.

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2011, 07:50:54 PM »

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Pierce and Ray are playing absolutely as well as I've seen them play together.

Am I the only one here?

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2011, 07:52:26 PM »

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Why are we getting the Toronto feed for a C's home game on LP Broadband?

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2011, 07:56:17 PM »

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C's look like they are toying with the Raptors.

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2011, 07:57:15 PM »

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Why are we getting the Toronto feed for a C's home game on LP Broadband?

Now the NBA are pushing it. Biased against the Celtics continues. I want to hear Mike & Tommy

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2011, 08:02:16 PM »

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Luke Harangody is on top of the world right now

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2011, 08:06:44 PM »

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Great quarter.  Really glad for Luke -- effort rewarded.


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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2011, 08:07:30 PM »

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Luke  :o Didn't see that coming. 8points in 4 minutes

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
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Go 'Gody!  I love how excited the bench was for him!

Re: Raptors (12-23) at Celtics (27-7) 1/7
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2011, 08:09:24 PM »

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glad to see the starters getting some rest early with a game tomorrow night

 

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