Slow Start Sinks Raptors In Costly Rematch With Celtics
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Jay Satur
Nov. 26, 2010
Toronto, ON
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

In a game that saw the Raptors make very respectable runs at the Celtics in the second and fourth quarters, they simply couldn't overcome a fantastic start for Boston that really set the tone in a game they had circled after last week's loss at ACC.

The Celtics shared the ball incredibly well in a first quarter that saw them outscore the Raptors 31-20. All 12 of their makes from the field were assisted in the first frame, with point guard Rajon Rondo dropping eight of those dimes in his return from a hamstring injury.

 

THE GAME CHANGER

Kevin Garnett was none too pleased about Andrea Bargnani's 29 points last Sunday and got his revenge on Friday. Garnett not only locked in on Bargnani defensively as the game wore on, he scored a game-high 26 points (with all 10 of his field goals coming from within three feet of the basket) and added 11 rebounds.

"Kevin (Garnett)’s energy tonight was off the charts," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "And you knew it would be, if you know Kevin. Because the last time we played them, the guy in his position had a pretty good game, and that’s just Kevin Garnett.”

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Peja Stojakovic (5-7 FGM-A, 13 points, three 3-pointers) received twice as many minutes as in his debut on Wednesday and his dead eye shooting helped a unique lineup nearly storm back in the fourth quarter.

It could be a sign of things to come for Stojakovic as head coach Jay Triano said the forward will likely see an increase in minutes following the injury to Reggie Evans (more on that below).

THAT'S A RAP

"Yeah, it’s broken. It’s broken. A fracture, break – I don’t know. X-rays were positive so I don’t know. I have no idea of the time line or anything else... [Evans] went up for a rebound and came down. I guess he came down funny on it and felt something and knew he was in trouble... I just saw the one position. We had a break so we didn’t call a timeout. And then we committed the foul or called a time out."

- Jay Triano, on the foot injury to Reggie Evans
 

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Sun., Nov.28 vs. Hawks
  1 PM ET,  Rogers Sportsnet FAN590

GAME NOTES:

The Raptors must now regroup and prepare to face high-flier Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks. After a 6-0 start, the Hawks have lost seven of 10 and close out a back-to-back on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks are among only four teams in the league that have more wins on the road than at home. The Raptors dropped three of four meetings against the Hawks last season.
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By The Numbers
33 Assists for the Celtics, tying a season-high
44-35 Rebounding edge for the Raptors on Friday
63-38 Bench scoring vs. starters for the Raptors
64-44 Points in the paint favouring the Raptors
17 Number of turnovers from the Raptors
They Said It...
"His hustle, his rebounds and his hard play. When he comes out we cant put our head down. We got to keep on playing and bring it up another notch"
- Amir Johnson, on what the team will miss without Reggie Evans
Linas Kleiza "We watched the tape and understood where our advantage is, and that’s what we felt, we felt like we could attack them inside, get them in foul trouble get some easy baskets."
- Paul Pierce on game planning for the Raptors
Amir Johnson "The zone disrupted them. It got them out of their rythym. We got to be able throw things in like that to really mess them up and we were able to do that tonight."
- Jerryd Bayless, on what worked against Boston