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Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« on: November 15, 2018, 05:05:07 PM »

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Toronto Raptors (12-3) at Boston Celtics (8-6)
Friday November 16, 2018
7:00 PM EST
Regular Season Game #15 Home Game #6
TV:  ESPN,  NBCSB, SN1
Radio:  98.5 The Sports Hub,  590 The Fan
TD Garden




Probable Starters
PG SG SF PF C
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF:  Gordon Hayward   
PF:  Jason Tatum
C:   Al Horford

Celtics Reserves
Terry Rozier
Marcus Smart
Aron Baynes
Daniel Theis
Semi Ojeleye
Guerschon Yabusele
Brad Wanamaker
Robert Williams

Injuries
Jabari Bird
Marcus Morris (questionable)

Two Way Players
Walt Lemon, Jr.
P. J. Dozier

Coach
Brad Stevens




Probable Starters 
PG SG SF PF C
PG:  Kyle Lowry
SG:  Danny Green
SF:  Kawhi Leonard
PF:  Pascal Siakam
C:   Jonas Valanciunas 

Raptors Reserves
O. G. Anunoby
Lorenzo Brown
Greg Monroe
Malachi Richardson
Fred VanVleet
Delon Wright
Serge Ibaka

Injuries
C. J. Miles
Norman Powell

Two Way Players
Chris Boucher
Jordan Loyd

Head Coach
Nick Nurse

Game Notes
The Toronto Raptors come into town tonight to take on their long time Atlantic Division rivals, the Boston Celtics. This is the second game on a quick three game homestand for the Celtics and the first game of a rare back to back both being at home in the TD Garden. Boston beat the Chicago Bulls to open the homestand in a convincing 112-82 win that they desperately need after a poor 1-4 west coast swing. Toronto is coming into the game losing their last two games, both at home, to New Orleans and Detroit. Toronto allowed superstars Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin to dominate in both losses.

This is the second meeting between the Raptors and Celtics with Toronto winning the first game in Toronto in the second game of the season. The contest was an extremely close game for the first 45 minutes with Boston trailing by only 2 with 2:53 left in the game before ultimately losing 113-101 when Toronto closed the game on a 12-2 run. Kawhi Leonard had an amazing 2nd half that game finishing with 31 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka had a strong showing with 21 points on an efficient 10-14 shooting night.
The Celtics had a very balanced attack in that game with all 5 starters scoring in double figures led by Kyrie Irving's 21 points.

Toronto leads the Eastern Conference at 12-3 under new first year coach, Nick Nurse. Nurse has been able to integrate Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green into the starting lineup and Toronto was dominant as the ran out of the gates on a 12-1 game streak. Toronto has the third best offense in the NBA and is led by Kawhi Leonard, who is once again showing why he is considered a top 5 player in the NBA by putting up 24.2 points and 7.8rebounds per game. All-Star PG, Kyle Lowry, is having another stellar season as he leads the league with 10.7assists per game and also scoring 16.1points per game. The Raptors are also getting excellent offensive production in their frontcourt. Veteran Serge Ibaka ia having a renaissance year with career highs in scoring at 17.4 ppg and shooting efficiency at 62.3 TS% all while leading the team in rebounding with 8.4 per game. Third year big man, Pascal Siakim, is having a breakout year putting up 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

I have Valanciunas as starting but don't be surprised that with Boston's small ball starting five that Nick Nurse goes with Siakim and Ibaka as his frontcourt in the starting lineup. Toronto has a very good defense, 11th, in the league, so for the Celtics to win they are going to have to continue to improve on offense as they have all of November. The Celtics will need another big night from Kyrie Irving who has been averaging 25.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game in November with shooting percentages at 52.2/49/100 and a TS% of 66.4%. As a team, Boston continues to shoot better in November and will need to continue taking it to the hole to kick out for open threes in their inside out offense but also will need players like Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum, and Terry Rozier to attack the rim and close out their layups. The Raptors and Celtics both have amongst the best bench units in the league and rely on bench production to win. The BWA will have their hands full containing Toronto's reserves of Valaciunas, Anunoby, VanVleet and Powell. The difference in this game could be which bench unit performs the best.
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Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2018, 05:28:49 PM »

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Excited for this one.

C's have had only 1 game in the last 4 days after a tough road stretch.

And that 1 game was a 29 point home win, which hopefully helps them get their groove back (along with plenty of time to practice).

Hayward appears to be done with his minutes restriction.

Everybody's healthy.

Game's at home, and the Raptors are coming off 2 straight losses.

I've been looking forward to this game all week, everything seems to be in the C's favor tonight.  Big chance to re-establish themselves as the top team in the East tonight.

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Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2018, 05:31:27 PM »

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Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2018, 05:53:16 PM »

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GO CELTICS!!!! TIME TO WAKE UP TO OUR POTENTIAL AND RISE THE CHALLENGE.

Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2018, 06:02:31 PM »

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Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2018, 06:07:11 PM »

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TP to bdm860 for being the first to post in the game thread.

Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
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Go Celts! Important message game.


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Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2018, 06:33:16 PM »

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Big test tonight! I have a good feeling about this one.

Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2018, 06:33:26 PM »

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I'm excited about this game, if they can't get up for this game on National TV, someone better check for a pulse.

Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2018, 06:37:48 PM »

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Let's hope they start taking the ball to the rim more aggressively starting tonight.  They've had a couple of off days at home to practice and figure things out.

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shout out to Nick for being here and getting us started .

Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2018, 06:46:56 PM »

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Celtics need to step up as ateam and play like pros.

Lets go !

Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2018, 06:48:10 PM »

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Its still early but its a huge game to see if we have improve any..if not we in trouble
C/PF-Horford, Baynes, Noel, Theis, Morris,
SF/SG- Tatum, Brown, Hayward, Smart, Semi, Clark
PG- Irving, Rozier, Larkin

Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2018, 06:56:17 PM »

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thanks for the game threads Nick.  Go C's!!!! this is one we really really need to get.

Re: Raptors (12-3) at Celtics(8-6) Game #15 11/16/18
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2018, 07:01:12 PM »

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I'm excited about this game, if they can't get up for this game on National TV, someone better check for a pulse.

Yeah I agree.  We need 1000% effort from everyone.  After our so-so start to the season this game has a lot more meaning..

 

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