NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, February 1st
(All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (7-15) at Boston Celtics (10-10), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - It appears the Boston Celtics are back on track and will
commence a five-game homestand tonight versus the Toronto Raptors at TD
Boston will also host the Knicks, Grizzlies, Bobcats and Lakers, and is 6-6 in
Beantown this season. It has won five of six games and recorded a 93-90
victory at Cleveland on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena thanks to 20 points
from Paul Pierce.
Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass both finished with 13 points for Boston, which
earned a split of a home-and-home series with the Cavs after dropping an 88-87
"I thought in Boston we didn't handle their pressure really well," said
Garnett. "I thought tonight we responded with buckets and execution."
Boston point guard Rajon Rondo missed his seventh straight game due to a wrist
injury and he is out indefinitely. Big man Jermaine O'Neal was back in the
lineup after missing some time with a balky knee.
Toronto has dropped two of three games since posting consecutive wins and is
coming off Tuesday?s 100-77 setback versus the Atlanta Hawks.
Jerryd Bayless scored 14 points and Ed Davis recorded a double-double with 11
points and 11 boards for Toronto.
"We came out with a competitive spirit, but I didn't think we sustained it
long enough," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "I was disappointed in not
sustaining the competitive spirit, especially in the second quarter when the
game got out of hand."
Toronto's Andrea Bargnani missed his third straight game with a left calf
strain and he is out indefinitely. The Raptors will play three of their next
four games on the road and are 5-9 away from Air Canada Centre this season.
The Raptors suffered a 96-73 loss at Boston on Jan. 18, as Rondo scored a
game-best 21 points. Gary Forbes scored 18 points to pace a Raptors team that
was held to 37.7 percent shooting in the game.
The Celtics have won four straight and 12 of the last 13 meetings with
Toronto, losers in seven straight and 16 of 18 trips to TD Garden.
02/01 10:57:56 ET