Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
TD Garden – Boston, MA
7:30 PM ET Tip
Tonight we will have the tale of two cities. The Celtics are on their downfall after all of the injuries that are plaguing the club, while the Raptors are on an upswing, starting to become the team we expected them to be to start the season. The Raptors have won 5 straight and hold a record of 16-17, while the C’s have lost 3 straight and still remain at a respectable record of 23-8.
This game will be very difficult for the Celtics, despite the fact that it is their lone home game smashed between a bunch of road games. If the Raptors bring their offensive game, the Celtics will simply not be able to keep up with them because they are at a lack of extreme fire power. If the Raptors play average ball, then the Celtics can hold tough and hopefully squeeze a game out without 3 of the 5 starters.
A key addition that was not there in the game against Phoenix will be Big Baby. What the Celtics need, to put it quite simply, is some sort of offensive threat. Glen Davis will help to bring that from the bench after the starters step off the floor. Again off the bench, we will have to hope that last game was Eddie House’s coming out party, and from here on out he will hit the shots he has for the past 2 years. Those are the types of sparks the team will need during times like these.
Giddens will get to prove what he is worth tonight. He has been kept around and not traded off or dropped from the team thus far. Will he earn his due tonight? All he needs to do is play within himself and put in around 8 points tonight, and not turn the ball over. To save your stress level, don’t expect a Celtic victory, instead hope for it so you are not disappointed because like I stated before, half of the Celtic payroll is not in the lineup.
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