The Celtics host the Toronto Raptors for the second of 4 conferences this season. The Celtics received the primary sport 117-94 on November 11. They are going to meet yet another time in Boston on December 29 and they’ll play yet another in Toronto on January 15. The Celtics received the sequence 4-0 final season and have received their final 5 video games in opposition to the Raptors. The Celtics are 67-41 total all time in opposition to the Raptors. They’re 27-27 all time in Toronto.
That is the Celtics second In Season Match sport. They received their first IST sport in opposition to the Nets 121-107 on Friday 11/10. That is the Raptors’ first In Season Match sport. The Celtics are first in East Group with a 1-0 document. The Nets are 2nd at 2-1. The Bulls and Magic are third and 4th with an 0-1 document. The Raptors are fifth with no video games performed thus far.
That is the 2nd sport of a 4 sport highway journey for the Celtics. They received the primary sport of the highway journey over Philadelphia on Wednesday. They are going to face Memphis and Charlotte again to again earlier than going residence to face the Bucks. Toronto is on the third sport of a 4 sport residence stand. They’re 1-1 thus far, having beat the Wizards after which dropping to the Bucks.
The Celtics are 4-2 on the highway this season. They’re 6-1 in opposition to Atlantic Division opponents, with the lone loss coming in opposition to the 76ers. The Celtics have received their final 4 video games. The Raptors are 3-3 at residence and 0-3 in opposition to Atlantic division opponents. They’re coming off a loss to the Bucks. That is the Celtics’ sixth straight sport in opposition to Atlantic Division groups.
Kristaps Porzingis missed Wednesday’s sport with a knee contusion. He’s questionable for this sport as properly. If he can’t play on this one, Al Horford ought to get one other begin at heart. Jaylen Brown missed Wednesday’s sport with a non-covid sickness and is questionable for this sport. If he’s unable to play on this sport, Sam Hauser will possible begin in his place once more. Nevertheless, each Brown and Porzingis particiapted in shoot round and each hope to play on this sport. Al Horford is listed as possible with a sprained toe.
For the Raptors, Gary Trent, Jr has missed the final 3 video games with a foot damage, however he practiced on Thursday and is listed as possible for this sport. OG Anunoby missed the final 2 video games with a finger laceration that he sustained whereas doing family chores. He’s listed as uncertain for this sport. With Anunoby out, Gradey Dick began the final sport and can possible get the beginning once more if Anunoby remains to be out. Christian Koloko is out with an sickness.
Possible Celtics Starters
2 Approach Gamers
Neemias Queta (foot) out
Al Horford (toe) possible
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) questionable
Jaylen Brown (sickness) questionable
Possible Raptors Starters
Otto Porter, Jr
2 Approach Gamers
Ron Harper, Jr
Christian Koloko (sickness) out
Gary Trent, Jr (foot) possible
OG Anunoby (finger) uncertain
Derrick White vs Scottie Barnes
Barnes is averaging 20.9 factors, 9.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.6 blocks per sport. He’s taking pictures 47.5% from the sphere and 37.5% from past the arc. The Celtics restricted him fairly properly of their first assembly as he completed with 10 factors, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, properly under his averages. He shot simply 26.7% from the sphere and 22.2% from past the arc. He has been Toronto’s finest and most constant participant and it will likely be vital for the Celtics to defend him properly.
Jayson Tatum vs Pascal Siakam
Siakam is averaging 18.7 factors, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per sport. He’s taking pictures 46.8% from the sphere and 24% from past the arc. Within the first sport in opposition to the Celtics he completed with 17 factors, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and three steals. He shot 35.3% from the sphere and didn’t try a 3. He’s struggling considerably on 3s but when left alone, he’s very able to hitting them.
Honorable Point out
Jrue Vacation vs Dennis Schroder
Former Celtic Dennis Schroder is taking part in properly for the Raptors. He’s averaging 14.8 factors, 2.7 rebounds. 7.5 assists and 1.1 steals per sport. He’s taking pictures 41.3% from the sphere and 35.3% from past the arc. In opposition to the Celtics within the first sport, he completed with 14 factors, 1 rebound 4 assists, and 1 steal whereas taking pictures 47.9% from the sphere and 33.3% from past the arc.
Keys to the Recreation
Protection – Protection will all the time be the important thing to successful. The Celtics are 2nd with a defensive ranking of 106.6 whereas the Raptors are tenth with a defensive ranking of 110.6. If the Celtics hope to win this sport it must be with protection first. The Celtics should attempt to maintain them out of the paint as they common 52.9 factors within the paint. The Celtics must drive them to play out of their consolation zone.
Rebound – The Raptors common 46.9 rebounds per sport (sixth) whereas the Celtics common 47.9 rebounds per sport (1st). Rebounding is essential to restrict second probability baskets and quick breaks. The Raptors are third within the league with 15.3 quick break factors per sport. A lot of rebounding is effort and hustle. The Celtics should put out extra effort to beat the Raptors to rebounds.
Play Arduous 48 Minutes – The Celtics want to begin off robust and never permit the Raptors to construct a result in begin the sport. In addition they must play exhausting all through the sport and never permit the Raptors to go on runs to both pull forward or catch up. The Raptors maintain opponents to 24.6 factors within the 4th quarter, which is tops within the East. They’re first with lowest opponent discipline purpose proportion within the 4th quarter so the Celtics can’t afford to let up. They need to play exhausting proper up till the ultimate buzzer.
Transfer the Ball – The Celtics are 18th within the league with 25 assists per sport. They play finest when the ball is transferring and gamers transfer to get open discover the most effective pictures. When the ball sticks, the offense is stagnant and the Celtics wrestle to attain. They should make good passes and maintain the ball transferring somewhat than lapsing into hero ball.
Accidents – Three of the Celtics high 6 gamers are coping with sickness or accidents. Evidently, if Kristaps Porzingis, Jaylen Brown, and Al Horford can’t play, then it will get a lot harder for the Celtics. They had been capable of beat the 76ers with out Porzingis and Brown. If each are out once more, can the Celtics depth come by means of once more to drag out one other win? If each Porzingis and Horford are out, that may make them very skinny up entrance.
In Season Match – That is the Celtics 2nd In Season Match sport and it’s the Raptors first. Will the Raptors make an additional effort to win this sport due to the event? Will the Celtics put further emphasis on this sport due to the event? We might even see extra effort and vitality from one or each groups as they give the impression of being to realize an edge on the opposite groups within the group.
Officiating – Whereas not often is officiating a cause for a win or a loss, it will possibly all the time be an x-factor. Each sport known as in a different way. Some video games are referred to as tightly and a few video games are allowed to be extra bodily. The Celtics have to regulate to the best way the sport is being referred to as and give attention to taking part in and never on the dangerous calls which are being made or not being made.