Clearly, they're not all going to be 50-point blowouts. Sunday's game was an ugly affair, but the Raptors fought back in the second half to keep them in the game down the stretch, giving them a lead as late as with 3:10 remaining.
The big difference was a three-pointer from Nate Robinson with 2:09 to play that pushed the Celtics ahead 88-84. A Jarrett Jack running bank shot got Toronto back within a point, but newly-acquired Von Wafer iced it at the line with three straight free throws.
In a game where both sides divived up the minutes and scoring, it was a key stretch from Marquis Daniels that put the Celtics in a position to win.
With Toronto holding its largest lead of the game at 76-72 with 8:33 to play, Daniels scored on Boston's next two trips down the floor, grabbed a defensive rebound the other way, then drilled a three to get the Celtics back in the lead.
Leandro Barbosa gave a glimpse of his ability to provide instant offence from the bench, igniting the Raptors in the second half with 14 of his 16 points on the night.
He was particularly good at the end of the third and to start the fourth, scoring 12 points in about a four-minute stretch, including a driving laying then sent him sprawling to the floor and a pair of three-pointers.
``I don't think we're playing the game right now the way we're supposed to play it. I'm just trying to get minutes and get these guys legs under them and get them playing defence the way we want to play it.''
- Jay Triano following Sunday's loss in Boston
Tuesday, Oct. 12 @ Chicago
8:00 PM ET
The Raptors try an get back on track when they get their first matchup with the new-look Bulls at United Center. Chicago is without its largest offsesaon pickup in Carlos Boozer, who fractured a bone in his shooting hand last week, but may regain the services of guard Ronnie Brewer, who is expected to return after a hamstring injury. The Bulls earned their first preseason win at home on Friday over the Wizards.
|14||Number of assists for the Raptors in the loss.|
|39.8||Overall shooting percentage for Toronto|
|11.8||Shooting percentage for Andrea Bargnani (2-17) in two preseason games|
|11||Offensive rebounds for Toronto versus five for Boston|
|100||Free throw percentage for Shaquille O'Neal (3-3)|
|“It’s obvious just looking at them they’re probably the biggest team in the league. We’re very undersized compared to them but I thought we kept fighting.”- Jarrett Jack to Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun, on the Raptors' effort|
|``It was nice. I don't know if that was exactly our second unit. I thought it was nice they put in some of their guys.'' - Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, on the efforts of his reserves.|
|“Shootaround’s a lot tougher than in the past. We’re just going hard. A lot of banging. It’s totally different than anything I’ve seen.” - Reggie Evans to Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star on a new approach to game days.|