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Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
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Boston Celtics (48-29) at Toronto Raptors (38-39)
Wednesday, April 7
7:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #78,  Road Game #39
TV:  CSN-NE, TSN2, NBA LP 752
Air Canada Center

The Raptors were an expansion franchise that began playing in 1995 at the SkyDome (now known as the Rogers Centre). Built as a multipurpose stadium for football and baseball, the SkyDome was too large for basketball games. Construction of a new arena for the Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) began in February 1997. 
Located in downtown Toronto along Bay Street, the Raptors played their first game at the Air Canada Center on February 21, 1999 against the Vancouver Grizzlies. Air Canada paid $40 million over 20 years for the naming rights to the Raptors home. The arena is unique as it was built on the site of the Canada Post Delivery Building and has incorporated part of the original building into the faade on the east and south parts of the Air Canada Center. Many fans enter through this area, known as the Galleria, where the fan zone and merchandise areas can be found. The Air Canada Center has a seating capacity of just under 20,000. It has many modern amenities including 1,020 club seats, 150 suites, the Molson microbrewery, the Air Canada Club and the Hot Stove Restaurant.



Coach: Doc Rivers
Average Age: 27.9
Average Height: 6-6
Average Weight: 224


Probable Starters

Rondo/  R Allen/  Pierce/  Garnett /  Perkins

Reserves

Michael Finley
Nate Robinson
Shelden Williams
Marcus Landry
Brian Scalabrine
Glen Davis
Tony Allen
Marquis Daniels

Injuries
None 




Coach: Jay Triano
Average Age: 26.7
Average Height: 6-7
Average Weight: 226

Probable Starters


Calderon/ Weems/ Wright/ Evans/ Bargnani

Reserves
Amir Johnson
Rasho Nesterovic
Marcus Banks
Marco Bellinelli
Patrick O'Bryant
Hedo Turkoglu
DeMar DeRozan
Reggie Evans
Joey Dorsey

Injuries 
Chris Bosh (face)  questionable

Team Connections

 Amir Johnson and Rasheed Wallace were teammates in Detroit from 2006-09
Marcus Banks played for the Celtics from 2003-06
DeMar DeRozan and Brian Scalabrine are former USC Trojans
Reggie Evans and Ray Allen were teammates in Seattle from 2003-06
Rasho Nesterovic, Jarrett Jack and Marquis Daniels were teammates in Indiana during the 2008-09 season
Nesterovic and Kevin Garnett were teammates in Minnesota from 1998-2003
Patrick OBryant played for the Celtics during the 2008-09 season

Both teams are playing in the second of back to back games and both are coming off a loss.  The Celtics put out a very flat effort against the Knicks and wasted a very good opportunity to pull ahead of the Knicks again for the 3rd seed.   The Raptors are coming off a tough game against the Cavs where they lost Chris Bosh to an injury as well as the game.  Bosh left early in the game after Jamison caught him with an elbow.  Bosh suffered a maxilla and nasal fracture to the right side of his face and is expected to remain in Cleveland overnight for further evaluation. 

The Celtics came out flat to begin the game against the Knicks and never seemed to click, especially on defense.  They allowed Gallinari to torch them for 31 points and allowed the Knicks to score 104 points.  They were also out rebounded by 10 in this game.  They didn't put out the effort and they missed an opportunity to pull back into the 3rd spot as Atlanta lost in Charlotte.   

The Celtics need to find their defense if they expect to win even the first round in the playoffs.  And they need to gain some momentum going into the playoffs and it has to start with this game in Toronto. 

Key Matchups
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Rajon Rondo vs Jose Calderon
Rondo had an off game against the Knicks and needs to get back on track in this one.  Calderon is a very quick and smart PG and Rondo is going to have to come in focused and play smart in this game. 

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Kevin Garnett vs Reggie Evans
With Bosh's injury, it's just a guess that Evans will start in his place.  If so, this should be a mismatch in the Celtics favor and KG has to take advantage of it. 

Honorable Mention
Kendrick Perkins vs Andrea Bargnani
Bargnani loves to hang on the perimeter and is the type of center that gives Perk some problems on defense.  With Perk's knee problems, staying with him will be even more difficult. 

Game Notes

 The Cs are 2-0 against the Raptors during the 2009-10 season; Celtics swept the season series 4-0 against Toronto in 2008-09
 Rasheed Wallace is currently leading the Cs with an average of 20.0 points per game against Toronto this season
 Chris Bosh is putting up a double-double against the Cs this season with 25.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game
 Season sweep by Cs marked first time since 1997-98 season that Cs accomplished that feat against Toronto
 The Celtics are leading the all-time series 36-20 with the Celtics 20-8 at home

Keys to The Game
Defense, Defense, Defense   The Celtics must play defense.     Against the Raptors, they especially need to tighten up their perimeter defense as Toronto is a very good 3 point shooting team. 

Rebound   The Celtics have to crash the boards on both ends.  Defensive rebounds prevent second chance opportunities for the Raptors and Offensive rebounds give them extra shots along with preventing the fast break for the Raptors.    Rebounding is mostly effort and desire and the Celtics need to be showing both of those things.  Sheed needs to play inside more and forget about the 3 point line.  The Celtics have been allowing way too many second chance opportunities by not being aggressive enough on the boards all this season.     

Play 48 Minutes
The Celtics need to take control early and not let up.   They have to solve their problems of second half let downs and they have to play all 48 minutes with no letting up.   

Bench Play
Playing in back to back games, the Celtics are going to need to get some production from their bench so as not to wear out the starters.  The bench must give them quality minutes in this game and heading into the playoffs.   They won't win if the starters have to do all the scoring or if the bench players allow too many points from the opposing team. 

X-Factor
Back to Back Games and Effort
Both teams are playing in the second of back to back games and so fatigue may become a factor for both teams.  The X Factor for the Celtics will be whether they bother to put out any effort.  They sure didn't against the Knicks.   The need to bring it against the Raptors.   



Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2010, 11:38:17 PM »

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just what we need right now..

back to backs... ::)

well at least i wont miss tomorrows game.
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Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2010, 11:39:36 PM »

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I love you, FL, but already? 

I don't know if I can bear to think about another possible let down.

TP anyway.

Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2010, 11:40:23 PM »

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Bosh will likely be out since he just broke a bone in his face tonight.

Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
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Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2010, 05:09:13 PM »

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No Chris Bosh against a complacent Celtics team that doesn't care about these king of games spells disaster to me... possibly a remake of last night's game.

I hope I'm wrong though, I will see it tomorrow with the replay.

TP Fl and let's go C's.

Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2010, 05:25:03 PM »

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Bosh will likely be out since he just broke a bone in his face tonight.

He didn't brake a bone in his face Jamison did, with no foul called. The Nba were broken faced non calls happen and happen and happen.

Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2010, 05:57:05 PM »

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Yeah, Bosh has been ruled out for tonight's game and is uncertain to return for the remainder of the season.

Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2010, 06:00:18 PM »

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Not sure if Bosh being out is a good thing or a bad thing for the Celtics.

What it probably means is that Amir Johnson and Reggie Evans will go off for a combined 40 points and 25 rebounds.

I think I'ld rather play against Bosh.

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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2010, 06:25:53 PM »

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Not sure if Bosh being out is a good thing or a bad thing for the Celtics.

What it probably means is that Amir Johnson and Reggie Evans will go off for a combined 40 points and 25 rebounds.

I think I'ld rather play against Bosh.

Or perhaps Rasheed has a career night?

Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2010, 06:28:37 PM »

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TP FL. Alright, brb. I'm making... food :p I'll let you guys guess which of the two it is, and whether I'm having it with erm... rice, pasta or bread :p TP for the one who guesses the type of meat and whichever of the three I mentioned :p

I know, lame game, but there it is.

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Steak because you had chicken earlier and ......rice.

Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
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Call me crazy but I'm thinking a nice bounce-back tonight.

Call it a hunch and nothing else, though.


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Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2010, 06:59:34 PM »

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No one even trying to guess what I'm eating? :P Just Nick? :D Wow :D

C'mon guys, steak or chicken, with rice, pasta or bread :p 10 tp's if there's one winner, 5 each if there's more than one :p

Re: Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39) 4/7
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C'mon guys, steak or chicken, with rice, pasta or bread

Steak n Rice.
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