Having not being able to beat the Boston Celtics in TD Garden since 2008, the Toronto Raptors failed to do so once again tonight, as they got slaughtered by a score of 88-112 It was a rather discouraging night for the Raptors, as nothing went right for them tonight. While they were within striking distance midway through the 3rd quarter, the Celtics quickly turned things around, crushing all possible hopes of this being a potential W.
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The Raptors’ offense was pretty much disgusting to watch tonight. With no disrespect towards the Celtics’ defense, the Raptors failed to execute on the offensive-end. Thanks enlarge part to a lack of offensive sets, and an awful shot-selection, the Raptors’ made it easier for Boston on the defensive-end. The “up in your face” style of defense that Boston plays, didn’t make matters any better for Toronto either.
Without someone like Rajon Rondo leading your offense, one would think it would allow an opposition’s defense to breathe just a little bit. For the Raptors tonight, that was clearly not the case whatsoever. Even with Avery Bradley orchestrating the offense, the Raptors had just as tough as a time tonight, as they would with Rondo at the helm as PG. Toronto allowed Boston to shoot just over 51% from the field tonight, which transitioned to too many easy buckets inside. The fact that Paul Pierce had himself a quiet night offensively (scoring just 15 points on 6 shots), while the Celtics scored 115 points, pretty much says it all.
In a night that had nothing go right for the Toronto Raptors’, it’s only fitting the result on the glass was the same as to everything else tonight. Toronto was out-rebounded 40-34 to the Celtics, as they failed to generate any second-chance opportunities. Despite Jonas Valanciunas leading the way in minutes, both he and Amir Johnson were not really major X-Factors in the paint tonight.
Game Ball: Jeff Green
Tonight’s game ball goes to Jeff Green. While finishing with a game-high of 20 points, Jeff Green was a tough guard for whoever the Raptors’ sent out to defend him. He was a dominant force tonight, as he displayed his ability to finish inside, and score the ball off of the dribble as well.