Another brutal loss for the Toronto Raptors. The Boston Celtics dominated the second half to cruise to a 112-88 victory at the TD Garden. Rudy Gay had 19 points for the Raps and Jeff Green had a game-high 20 for the Celtics.
Gay was his usual self in the first quarter, and by that I mean he was turning the ball over every two dribbles. He was sluggish and clearly not 100 percent, but he did put up 7 points in the opening frame.
The quarter ended on a high note, and to me its importance cannot be overstated. Terrence Ross got the ball in the corner, did a little shake/shimmy, drove toward the hoop and absolutely launched himself for a one-handed slam around a defender. I think these sorts of plays where he makes his own drive (as opposed to a fast break dunk) will be huge for Ross’s confidence.
The second quarter reminded us of what we all knew in our hearts: Sebastian Telfair is not much more than a grade-A scrub, and I want John Lucas back for God’s sake. I want Telfair out of Toronto almost as much as I want that Canadian Club Whiskey guy to get booted off television. Telly did have 5 points and 3 assists in 11 minutes, though, so I suppose I shouldn’t
be so hard on him.
The Celts picked things up in the second and third quarters, getting anything they wanted on offense while the Raptors’ gameplan devolved into an onslaught of forced DeMar DeRozan jumpers. Telfair got ejected as well, which was probably for the better.
In the fourth quarter the game quickly got out of hand, with the Raps air-balling multiple threes. I could rant about the specifics, but I’ll leave it at this: it was ugly. Luckily, Ross took flight multiple times, which is always nice to watch.
1. No Raptor, really. But Amir Johnson was his usual self, competing on every possession.
2. Paul Pierce. Rudy Gay needs to take a few lessons from the old guy, cause dude knows how to move with the basketball and use his body to get high-percentage looks. Take note, Rudy.
3. Jeff Green was pretty good, going for 20 points (on 50 percent shooting), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 31 minutes.
1. Everybody. There were inefficient offensive and defensive performances right across the board. Let’s put this one in the books, folks.
The Raptors next play the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.
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