Oct 16, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) goes up for a basket as Toronto Raptors guard Dwight Buycks (13) defends during the second half at Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Boston 99-97. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Stage Yet Another Late Rally, But Fall to the Raptors 99-97

If the preseason is any indication of what the regular season will be like once it kicks off on November 1,  fans of the Boston Celtics can expect two things:

1. exciting, late-game rallies; and

2. heart-breaking, single-digit losses.

For the second straight night, the Cs attempted to mount a comeback, and for the second straight night, Boston leaves town with a 2-point loss, this time at the hands of the Toronto Raptors.

I will say one thing for the bunch that Brad Stevens currently has at his disposal: there sure isn’t any quit in them.  Last week, they rallied from 23 points down to actually take a lead before ultimately falling to the New York Knicks 103-102.  Last night, the Celtics gave the Brooklyn Nets all they could handle, but failed to execute on a crucial set play after a timeout and lost by the final score of 82-80.

Tonight, the Cs found themselves ahead by two at the end of the first half, only to get blitzed 29-17 in the third quarter to find themselves behind by two when the third period buzzer sounded, thanks in large part to the 11-0 the Raptors used to finish off the frame.   Toronto would stretch their lead to double digits during the fourth, only to watch these Boston Celtics claw their way back into oblivion yet again.  All was for naught, however, as Boston’s comeback fell just a little bit short.  The Celtics fall to 1-5 in their preseason campaign, with a road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves scheduled for this Sunday evening.

MarShon Brooks led the Cs in scoring with 17 points, 15 of those coming during the fourth.  Kelly Olynyk was good for 13 and 9, and five Celtics managed to score in double figures tonight, as Boston really played balanced team offense until Brooks threw the team on his back and carried them in the fourth quarter.

There’s two ways to look at this Celtics team right now.  The glass-half-empty view is concerned that the Celtics are going to dig themselves into too many deep holes this season, and will exhaust themselves trying to stage comeback after comeback.  On the other hand, the glass-half-full people are thrilled to see that this team doesn’t give up, no matter how lopsided the score is, and are young enough to expend the sort of energy required to mount these kind of late-game charges.  Either way you look at it, if the preseason is a sign of things to come, watching the Boston Celtics will at least be exciting this season!

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