Celtics vs Raptors : DeRozan scores 16 points as Raptors beat Celtics 96-78. DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points, Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors moved closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Boston Celtics 96-78 on Wednesday night.
Celtics vs Raptors Live Delon Wright is questionable with a left adductor strain and OG Anunoby is questionable with a right orbital contusion. Wright missed Wednesday’s home opener, while Anunoby left late after getting hit in the eye.
First one down: The Raptors come into Friday’s game fresh off a 116-104 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kawhi Leonard had a 24-point, 13-rebound double-double in his Raptors debut, while Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 27 points in the win. Leonard’s 24 points were the most in a Raptors debut since Donyell Marshall scored 27 points in his first game on Dec. 2, 2003.
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Green for three: Danny Green also had a solid Raptors debut. Starting in the backcourt alongside Kyle Lowry, Green scored 15 points in 33 minutes, shooting 4-for-9 from the floor and 3-for-7 from beyond the arc while adding five rebounds two steals and two blocked shots. The Raptors connected on 14-of-33 three-pointers (42 percent), doubling Cleveland’s total of seven three-pointers on 19 attempts from deep.
Though Danny Green was excited to get back on the court and said he loved getting to play in front of Raptors fans for the first time, scoring 15 points wasn’t his main focus. It’s the other end of the court where he wants to keep the majority of his attention. “The biggest thing for me is defence on the floor,” Green said. “Offence it doesn’t matter. I think we are decent, we are going to score. We have a lot of threats and a lot of talent. But defensively for me is where I want to improve and stay on top of my game.”
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green have played the previous seven and eight seasons in the Western Conference respectively. Moving to the East this season will require some extra homework. “It’s very different,” Green said. “We know these guys [in the Eastern Conference], personnel-wise, decently. We don’t play them as many times a year in the west, so a guy like Cedi Osman, we don’t see him, we don’t know until we play against him that this guy is pretty damn good. More reading, scouting reports and looking guys up, knowing their strengths and weaknesses so, it’s going to be interesting and it’s going to be fun, that’s the fun part about it.”
Boston has waves of players they can continue to throw on the court, receiving little if any drop-off. Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes (Aron Baynes who outplayed Joel Embiid last night), and Marcus Smart could all start for a significant amount of teams. Even the deeper parts of their bench like Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye could play if need be.
Hayward played 24 minutes put up 10 points and five rebounds but looked like a shell of his former self. The explosion’s not there, and it might take him a few weeks or months to return to his prior form.