CELTICS 114 RAPTORS 107
Rajon Rondo – 22 Points / 13 Assists / 10 Rebounds
The Celtics played good early, and stayed consistent throughout the first 3 quarters of this afternoons game. After a little slippage midway through the 4th quarter, the Raptors cut it and made it look like it may be a close game coming down the home stretch. Unlike games we have become accustomed to this year, the Celtics held on and went back at it to extend the lead, instead of letting it get too close where anything can happen on the road.
For the Raptors, the game was clearly led by Chris Bosh. He is all they’ve got. He finished the game with 31 points and 13 boards. His game was highlighted by a monsterous throw down midway through the second. Perkins had this matchup for most of the game, and it wasn’t that Perk did a terrible job, Bosh is just simply a great scorer.
For the Celtics, as noted above, the charge was led by Rajon Rondo. He was dishing the ball with authority, was everywhere on the boards, and was getting in around the basket. His 22 points included a fade away three that banked in at the shot clock buzzer. As much as Rondo impressed, Rasheed Wallace did just as much. In his best game thus far in a Celtics uniform, Sheed put in 29 points and 8 rebounds. He had a perfect mix of shots inside for easy looks, and making the appropriate choice of threes taken. There were times when I saw him catch the ball behind the arc and expected him to shoot it, but instead he turned it down to look for the better look. This is why I believe he went 5-7 from three instead of 1-8 like he did in Atlanta.
For the entire game I waited for to say “here we go again” where the Celtics would be up 15 after playing good team ball, then 2 minutes later only up 3 or 4. Everytime it appeared that was happening, the C’s countered. They pulled out another big road win and ended up going 2-1 on that short road trip. The team will be home tomorrow at the TD Garden for a rematch with the Atlanta Hawks that completely out played them on Friday night.