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Raptors Fight, But Fall To Depleted Celtics At ACC
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Jay Satur
Oct. 15, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

Full marks to the Raptors for showing some resiliency late, but their rally was largely against the Celtics' reserves including reserves Von Wafer, Nate Robinson plus rookies Semih Erden and Luke Harangody.

In reality, Boston had this one well in hand by halftime without any of Paul Pierce, Shaquille O'Neal, or Delonte West in the lineup. After Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen buried back-to-back threes with under two minutes in the first quarter, the lead was double-digits and the Raps were playing catch up the rest of the way.


Nate Robinson may have sat out the first quarter, but he wasted little time when he checked in to start the second.

Robinson proceeded to drop 13 points before halftime and finished with an efficient 23 points on six-for-12 shooting from the field in just under 28 minutes of work. He added five rebounds, two assists, a steal, a block and got to the line an impressive 15 times on the night. Not bad for three quarters of work.


With both teams emptying their benches on Friday, the Raptors got an extended look at Marcus Banks, who provided a real boost as he helped them outscore the Celtics 39-16 in the final frame.

Banks played the entire fourth quarter and scored half of his 10 points in that span, all from his eight trips to the line. But perhaps more importantly, he brought a strong defensive presence to the table.


"Well I thought early in the game they hit three 3’s in a row, it was a tight game, one at the end of a shot clock, one at the end of a quarter, and another one where we missed the coverage. I can live with the two that they made other than the missed coverage, but from that point on it was like ‘they are making shots, so we don’t have to..’, that’s where you have to bear down and work harder and we didn’t work hard till the fourth quarter and we got our butts kicked in the first three quarters."

- Jay Triano, on the Raptors' work ethic on Friday


Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Suns
1:00 PM ET

Hedo Turkoglu makes his return to Air Canada Centre on Sunday when the Raptors get a preseason rematch with the Suns. The two teams squared off in the Raptors' first game of the preseason, with Toronto throttling the Suns 129-78. Phoenix was on the tail end of a back-to-back in that matchup, but will get two days to recharge for this one.
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The Numbers
5 Consecutive games with at least 10 steals for the Raptors.
3 Consecutive games that the Raptors have allowed an opponent to shoot 50% or better
29 FT attempts for Boston in the third quarter
4 Preseason games in which Toronto has had fewer turnovers than their opponent
39 Points in the fourth quarter for Toronto, tying a preseason high (at PHX, Oct. 15)
They Said It...
Amir Johnson

"We just need a little bit of work. The guys weren't pressuring the ball like we usually do... Tormorrow at practice we are really just going to pick it back up and go back to basics."

- Amir Johnson, on the Raptors' defence

Doug Collins "It wasn't the fourth quarter, I thought the third quarter lasted an hour and a half. It was unbelievable like the American Championship going on. It was long."
- Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, on the length of the game
Jarrett Jack

"They came out and executed well. They did an incredible job of knocking down shots. We struggled from the outside and they just took advantage."

- Jarrett Jack, on the game's first three quarter