Since the Boston Celtics have nothing left to play for this season except their pride, consider tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors a chance for this roster to prove that Celtic Pride is alive and well.
Toronto came into the TD Garden Wednesday night riding an 11-game winless streak on the road against the Celtics. By the end of the night, the Raptors had snapped that streak, courtesy of a 99-90 victory, and with a win tonight the Raptors can rub a little more salt into Boston’s wounds by winning the season series three games to one. Yep – Toronto is a win away from feeling pretty sky-high about their play against Boston this season.
Given their past dominance over the Raptors in head-to-head matchups (Boston has won 46 of the 72 games these teams have played against one another), I’m going to assume that the Celtics would like to bring their division rivals back down to earth tonight by stealing a victory on the road in the Air Canada Centre.
In order to do so, the Celtics cannot rely on fourth-quarter heroics from Jared Sullinger. The Celtics fell behind by 15 in the fourth quarter, only to cut it to three courtesy of Sully’s gigantic effort. Ultimately, Boston ran out of time and momentum, so the team will need to learn from Wednesday night’s game and try to keep the game close throughout. Having both Rajon Rondo (required nine stitches Wednesday) and Jeff Green (stiff neck) in the lineup tonight would help, but as of the time I wrote this, their statuses were still uncertain.
Tip-off? Seven p.m. Follow us on Twitter @houdiniceltics and come back here for my post-game thoughts. Go Green!