Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum fist-bump each other while walking near the center of Boston's IST court

In-Season Tournament Standings Ahead of Matchup with Toronto

Marc D'Amico
Team Reporter and Analyst

It's been a week since the Boston Celtics closed out their first-ever In-Season Tournament game with a 14-point win over the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden. Now it's time to return to action and see how the rest of their Group Play games unfold.

The Celtics are in Toronto tonight for their second IST game. The contest will also mark Toronto's first IST game, during which it will debut its new IST court.

The IST outlook for Boston is quite simple at this point: it controls its own destiny. If Boston wins its final three IST games, it will advance to the tournament's quarterfinals and knockout stage. If it loses any of those games, the picture gets cloudy.

In detail, a win tonight would give the Celtics a 2-0 IST record and leave them as the only undefeated team in the group, with head-to-head victories over Brooklyn and Toronto as well as a strong point differential. For context, head-to-head record during Group Play games is the first tie-breaker, and point differential during Group Play games is the second tie-breaker.

At the other end of the spectrum, a loss at the hands of the Raptors would open up the door for any of the Group C teams to advance to the quarterfinals. In this scenario, four of the five teams will have already lost a game, and Toronto would instead control its own destiny with three of its Group Play games left to be played.

So, long story short: A win would put the C's in control of Group C, while a loss would give every team a pathway to advancing.

The good news for Boston is that it just matched up with the Raptors less than a week ago in a non-IST game, and it dominated the contest. The Celtics outscored Toronto by at least four points during all four quarters while taking home a 23-point win. So let's hope that happens again.

In the meantime, here are the current Group C standings:

Boston Celtics1-0Nov. 11 @ TOR
Nov. 24 @ ORL
Nov. 28 vs CHI
Brooklyn Nets2-1Nov. vs TOR+8
Toronto Raptors0-0Nov. 17 vs BOS
Nov. 21 @ ORL
Nov. 24 vs CHI
Nov. 28 @ BKN
Chicago Bulls0-1Nov. 17 vs ORL
Nov. 24 @ TOR
Nov. 28 @ BOS
Orlando Magic0-1Nov. 17 @ CHI
Nov. 21 vs TOR
Nov. 24 vs BOS