Here’s what to watch for tonight as the Celtics make their 2010-11 debut at TD Garden. Hey, it’s not like there is any football on today…You may as well get fired up, Big Baby-style.
Baby Steps: And speaking of Glen Davis, he’s the player I’m keeping my eyes on tonight. Why? He has simply been the most impressive Celtic on the court through the first two preseason games. I want to see him keep it up, on both the offensive and defensive ends. If he continues to be aggressive, while also playing smart, on the offensive end and work on D, he is going to excel.
Watch if he has his jumper going like he did against the Nets on Thursday. The danger is if he falls in love with his shot and he starts taking ill-advised shots from outside.
Defense: The new-look Raptors have abandoned all pretense as they switch to a full-fledged European-style of ball. Well, it worked for them in their preseason opener against the Suns, a game they dominated 129-78.
Now, the 78 points for Phoenix seemed shocking, but that might be an aberration. I don’t think anyone expects this Raptors team to play that kind of defense all season. But the 129 number shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Raptors are going to try to score at will and make their opponents keep up.
Last year, the Celtics did just that. In their last four contests with their division rival (all wins) the C’s averaged 112 points a game and shot over 50 percent from the field in each outing. Of course, the Raptors also averaged over 100 points a game in that span as well. I expect that trend to continue tonight.
Time to Impress: I’m looking at you, Von Wafer. If Wafer doesn’t do something positive tonight, I think he can kiss his roster spot goodbye. Personally, I’d rather see more of Mario West than Wafer. And I’m still hopeful that Avery Bradley will recover in time to show Doc something before he is buried on the bench in the regular season, though that is looking unlikely.