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Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:31:18 PM »

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Toronto Raptors (2-6) at Boston Celtics (5-4)
Saturday, November 17, 2012
12:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #10, Home Game #5
TV:  CSNNE, SNET1,  NBA-LP 751
Radio:  CJCL,  WEEI
TD Garden 




Probable Starters
PGSGSFPFC
PG: Leandro Barbosa
SG:  Jason Terry
SF:  Paul Pierce
PF:  Brandon Bass
C:   Kevin Garnett 

Celtics Reserves
Jared Sullinger
Jason Collins
Jeff Green
Courtney Lee
Leandro Barbosa
Chris Wilcox
Darko Milicic

Injured
Avery Bradley (shoulders) out
Rajon Rondo (ankle) day to day

Red Claws
Fab Melo
Kris Joseph




Probable Starters
PGSG SF PFC
PG:  Jose Calderon   
SG: DeMar DeRozan
SF: Dominic McGuire 
PF: Andrea Bargnani
C:  Jonas Valanciunas

Raptors Bench
Amir Johnson
Linas Kleiza
John Lucas
Ed Davis
Terrence Ross
Quincy Acy
Aaron Gray

Injuries
Kyle Lowry (foot)  out
Landry Fields (elbow) out
Alan Anderson (foot)  out 

Key Matchups
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Leandro Barbosa vs Jose Calderon
Both teams had to play without their starting point guard in their last game.  The Celtics lost their last game without Rondo while the Raptors won their last game without Lowry.  Calderon is a very good point guard in his own right and so Barbosa will have his hands full trying to contain him. 

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Brandon Bass vs Andrea Bargnani   
Bass gives up 4 inches to Bargnani but Bass is much stronger and hopefully can keep Bargnani off balance.  Bargnani is a good 3 point shooter and so Bass will need to guard him on the perimeter as well as inside. 

Honorable Mention
Kevin Garnett vs Jonas Valanciunas
KG is known to be hard on rookies and hopefully he can rattle the Raptors' rookie center.  KG has been playing well and hopefully that will continue in this game. 

Keys to the Game
Rebound -  The Celtics have got to crash the boards to prevent second chance points.  They are on the way to setting a record for fewest rebounds.  I'd love for Doc to play Darko with the second unit instead of always going with small ball.  Much of rebounding is effort and desire as evidenced by Courtney Lee's team high 9 rebounds in the last game.    The effort they put out on the boards will usually spread to other areas of the game as well. 

Defense -  The Celtics must make defense a priority in each and every game.  They seem to play defense in spurts and in between they allow easy baskets and wide open shots especially on pick and rolls and in transition.   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.   
 
Be Aggressive - The Celtics have to be the more aggressive team.  They have to be aggressive in going to the basket and not just settle for outside shots.  Good things happen when players drive to the hoop.  They also have to be aggressive on defense and in fighting for loose balls. 

Make Free Throws -  Down the stretch against the Nets, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry each missed a pair of free throws.  Both are usually good free throw shooters and so it may have been a matter of focus.  It's usually hard enough for the Celtics to get to the line, they have to make good on the ones they get. 

Game Notes
This is the first regular season meeting between these two Atlantic Division teams and it is the first of 4 meetings this season.  The Celtics are 2-2 at home and would like to establish a domination at home.  The Raptors are 1-3 on the road. 

The Celtics might be forced to play without their point guard and assist leader once again as Rondo is listed as day to day.  The Celtics were 9-5 last season without Rondo including their last meeting with the Raptors in the Garden that the Celtics won 100-64. 

The Celtics are playing in the first of back to back games and in the 3rd in 4 days.  The Raptors last game was on Tuesday so they come into this one well rested.  This is a rare Saturday afternoon game.  In past seasons, the Celtics have struggled in early games.  Hopefully that trend doesn't continue in this game. 

X-Factors

Bench + Rondo
The Celtics are playing in the 3rd game in 4 days and are in the midst of a 4 games in 5 days stretch.  Doc has done well to limit the starters minutes and the second unit has come through for them.  They have to once again come through in this game as Doc will limit the starters with another game tomorrow.   The odds of winning definitely increase if Rondo can play. 


Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2012, 10:07:33 PM »

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Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 10:40:46 PM »

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And a TP right back at ya Kiorrik!!!  Gooo Celtics!!!

Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012, 11:35:54 PM »

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Let's win this one early and rest the starters.


how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was chris bosh?

Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012, 11:45:03 PM »

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Let's win this one early and rest the starters.


This isn't the Celtics way.

Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2012, 11:50:39 PM »

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Let's win this one early and rest the starters.


This isn't the Celtics way.
Hehe, yeh, Celtic way = struggle through most the game, lose in the end :p

Nah, just hoping for a strong outing from Lee, Terry and Green. That's all I want - for them to get better and better with each game. I see Barbosa as our wildcard, in that he's just able to fit in easily as Rondo's backup. The rest will take care of themselves, and with Bradley back, and Wilcox & the big three in the mix, that'd be the core I'd put money on for the championship.

Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2012, 12:00:42 AM »

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Let's win this one early and rest the starters.


This isn't the Celtics way.
Hehe, yeh, Celtic way = struggle through most the game, lose in the end :p

Nah, just hoping for a strong outing from Lee, Terry and Green. That's all I want - for them to get better and better with each game. I see Barbosa as our wildcard, in that he's just able to fit in easily as Rondo's backup. The rest will take care of themselves, and with Bradley back, and Wilcox & the big three in the mix, that'd be the core I'd put money on for the championship.

I think it's more like going through the motions until the going gets hard.
I'm actually optimistic about this team. They 'll be fine when it matters most.

Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2012, 12:02:04 AM »

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Let's win this one early and rest the starters.


This isn't the Celtics way.
Hehe, yeh, Celtic way = struggle through most the game, lose in the end :p

Nah, just hoping for a strong outing from Lee, Terry and Green. That's all I want - for them to get better and better with each game. I see Barbosa as our wildcard, in that he's just able to fit in easily as Rondo's backup. The rest will take care of themselves, and with Bradley back, and Wilcox & the big three in the mix, that'd be the core I'd put money on for the championship.

I think it's more like going through the motions until the going gets hard.
I'm actually optimistic about this team. They 'll be fine when it matters most.
Yeah, you nailed it there. So all I'm looking for is those guys to step it up, start playing in tune with the rest a bit more.

Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2012, 08:27:18 AM »

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Let's win this one early and rest the starters.


This isn't the Celtics way.

I know but one can hope. :D


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Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
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Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2012, 12:35:07 PM »

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Another home game, another set of away announcers on League Pass. Why!!! :'(
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Another home game, another set of away announcers on League Pass. Why!!! :'(
yeah, what's with that, wish we had an option on that...
really disappointed in LP, it didn't improve much in 3 year period other than faster availability and DVR
anyway GO CELITCS!!!
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Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
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I am going to beg, can some one please explain to me why I can't login to CelticsBlog Live Chat?

Re: Raptors (2-6) at Celtics (5-4) 11/17
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2012, 12:56:01 PM »

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Rondo 6 assists in the first 8 minutes

Also, Sully has 3 quick rebounds

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Sully looking great so far. Great double team on DeRozan and didn't hesitate to shoot on the next offensive possession.

 

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