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Raptors (16-22) at Celtics (30-9) 1/12
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Toronto Raptors (16-22) at Boston Celtics (30-9)
Monday January 12
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #40,  Road Game #21
TV:  NBA-TV,  CSN HD
TD Banknorth Garden 




Coach: Doc Rivers
Average Age: 26.7
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 222


Probable Starters

Rondo/  R Allen/  Pierce/  Garnett/  Perkins

Reserves
Tony Allen
Glen Davis
Eddie House
Leon Powe
Gabe Pruitt
Brian Scalabrine
Patrick O'Bryant
Sam Cassell 
JR Giddens
Bill Walker
 
Injuries:
Tony Allen  (ankle)  day to day
Kendrick Perkins (shoulder) probable




Coach: Jay Triano
Average Age: 26.7
Average Height: 6-7
Average Weight: 226[\b]

Probable Starters


Solomon/Parker/Moon/Bosh/ Bargnani

Reserves
Joey Graham
Jason Kapono
Roko Ukic
Kris Humphreys
Nathan Jawai
Jake Voskuhl
Jose Calderon
Jermaine O'Neal

Injuries
Jermaine O'Neal  (knee)  out
Jose Calderon  (hamstring) out

Key Matchups
  vs 
Rajon Rondo   PPG 10.7 RPG 4.70 APG 7.6 EFF + 17.61
Will Solomon   PPG 4.9 RPG 1.1 APG 3.3  

  vs 
Kevin Garnett   PPG 16.2 RPG 9.00 APG 2.6 EFF + 21.73 
Chris Bosh   PPG 23.8 RPG 9.80 APG 2.6 EFF + 25.65 

Honorable Mention
Ray Allen     PPG 17.5 RPG 3.50 APG 2.7 EFF + 16.08
Anthony Parker    PPG 9.6 RPG 3.10 APG 2.4 EFF + 10.26

Team Connections:
Joey Graham and Tony Allen are former Oklahoma State
Cowboys…
Raptors Strength and Conditioning Coach Keith D’Amelio was an assistant to Ed Lacerte for three seasons.

Game Notes:
The Celtics broke their 4 game losing streak with a win against these Raptors in Toronto and now want to start a new win streak against the same team. 

The Celtics were in charge much of the game in Toronto, but as they have done recently, they let up in the 4th quarter and allowed the Raptors to come back to within 5 but this time, the Celtics held on for the win.   The Raptors are going to look to try the matchups and strategies that were successful late in the game and try to get them to work in this one. 

X-Factor
Home Court
Both teams had to travel and both are playing in the second of back to back games.  Both teams have some momentum considering the Celtics won the game, but the Raptors came back from 20 points down to cut the lead to 5 down the stretch.    The Celtics are at home and that could be the difference in this game. 
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Re: Raptors (16-22) at Celtics (30-9) 1/12
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009, 06:41:04 PM »

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during Greg Dickerson's PG interview on Sports Tonight i just saw Bill Walker working out taking shots.  ;D  ;D  ;D

Re: Raptors (16-22) at Celtics (30-9) 1/12
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009, 06:55:22 PM »

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during Greg Dickerson's PG interview on Sports Tonight i just saw Bill Walker working out taking shots.  ;D  ;D  ;D

I hope Walker gets minutes-- it'd just be exciting to watch and see how he performs. Maybe he cocks back and bangs one on Bosh. That would be ill.

I really miss watching athletic swingmen. 
Grab a few boards, keep the TO's under 14, close out on shooters and we'll win.

Re: Raptors (16-22) at Celtics (30-9) 1/12
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009, 06:57:23 PM »

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I would love it if Walker is active tonight and get a few spot minutes.   Paul needs to get some rest and this might be a good game for him to do so with what I believe Calderon and Oneal not playing for Toronto.  

Re: Raptors (16-22) at Celtics (30-9) 1/12
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 06:57:51 PM »

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give him a chance...remember powe got a chance and became a major piece for boston last season...i think walker and giddens could give them some minutes and they are athletic
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

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during Greg Dickerson's PG interview on Sports Tonight i just saw Bill Walker working out taking shots.  ;D  ;D  ;D

I hope Walker gets minutes-- it'd just be exciting to watch and see how he performs. Maybe he cocks back and bangs one on Bosh. That would be ill.

I really miss watching athletic swingmen.

I know what you mean man.

Hopefully Walker makes a good enough impression to stick around.

That would definitely make my day.

...Celtics win, Walker Sky Walks all over Bosh. ;D

Re: Raptors (16-22) at Celtics (30-9) 1/12
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2009, 07:03:20 PM »

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we should be able to get inside on them without JO in there.

Re: Raptors (16-22) at Celtics (30-9) 1/12
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Anyone notice that 30-9 is a really, really good record?

Even losing 7 of the last 10 hasn't pushed us to double digit losses, and we're almost halfway through the season.

Celtics rule.
Grab a few boards, keep the TO's under 14, close out on shooters and we'll win.

Re: Raptors (16-22) at Celtics (30-9) 1/12
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2009, 07:06:57 PM »

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http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/nba-draft/kicksvibe/bill-sky-walker-ar45023.html

article on hoopsvibe with some comments, shows what people were saying about Bill Walker prior to injuring himself during scout sessions.

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in any other year 30-9 would be far and away the best record in the association...just a top heavy year with LA, the cavs, orlando
“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.”

 Paul Pierce

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Here's to a winning streak.  ;D ;D

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Doc just said he hopes Billy Walker gets a chance to play!

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Here's to a winning streak.  ;D ;D

cheers.

Leading up to the Lakers game, our schedule isn't that tough. Mon 12    vs Toronto     
 Wed 14    vs New Jersey
 Sat 17    @ New Jersey     
 Mon 19    vs Phoenix
 Wed 21    @ Miami    
 Thu 22    @ Orlando     
 Sun 25    vs Dallas         
 Wed 28    vs Sacramento
 Fri 30    @ Detroit    
February   
 Sun 01    vs Minnesota    
 Tue 03    @ Philadelphia     
 Thu 05    vs LA Lakers

Bold = Tough

italics = we better show up, or we could lose

If we perform the way we are capable of performing, we could go 10 and 3 pretty easily, I think, which would put our record at

40-12. Not bad.
Grab a few boards, keep the TO's under 14, close out on shooters and we'll win.

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