Boston Celtics 78-96 Toronto Raptors: 5 talking points

08 April, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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It belonged to a man who was close to 70 years old and had been working out in the fields of his native North Carolina, his back stooped, his neck burned from the sun. Here's what we learned from a win against the to team in the East.

Cleveland's Jose Calderon outplayed Kyle Lowry whenever they were matched up Tuesday and the Cavaliers found far too much room for open shots on the perimeter to hand Toronto its second straight loss. Worse than that is the damage it could cause internally, the mental toll it could take on a team made up of young players and guys hoping to exorcize their playoff demons. "I mean, I think so".

"So we knew we had to get the defense in order to get the win". Starting point guard George Hill missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle and Lue was in attendance but only in an advisory role as he remains on medical leave.

Both teams will be in the second night of a back-to-back, both flying a relatively equal distance to Toronto the night before and both coming off meaningful road games against tough opponents. "Last year we were playing against some teams that were so-called rebuilding and we were winning by 15-20 points". "We still have some things to get better at".

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Calderon was slotted to get the start on Thursday but experienced hamstring soreness after shootaround will not play against the Wizards.

Greg Monroe: One of the more consistent bright spots for the Celtics, Greg Monroe was indeed a presence around the rim and on the glass as he tallied 17 points on 4-for-7 shooting to go with eight rebounds and three assists.

The Raptors are healthy, but they have their own concerns.

Stevens suggests that he is not consumed by the pursuit of first place. The Cavs sit just a half game ahead of the streaking 76ers for third place. Boston would love to compete the sweep of the week, so they are not going to back down.

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Toronto stretched its lead to 20 in the third and entered the fourth up 67-53.

Five players are averaging in double figures for the Raptors, the are DeRozan (23.4), Kyle Lowry (16.5), Jonas Valanciunas (12.7), Serge Ibaka (12.5) and CJ Miles (10.1). "Our pace, our attention to detail on screens, getting it to our centers with a lot of time on the shot clock, allows us to make multiple passes throughout a possession that allows us to get the shot that we want". "So if it's called for us to go out here and play big minutes at a high level, we're going to be able to do it and still feel fresh, and be able to do it the next night if need be".

As well as his 27 points, James contributed 10 rebounds and six assists on a night when the Cavs starters shared the scoring evenly. "They're not letting their natural basketball instincts take over".

The Raptors insisted they were prepared for Boston's zone defence going in but, without their threes falling, breaking it turned out to be easier said than done.

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According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN, the Raptors point guard casually brushed off the correlation between his poor performance and his trip to watch his alma mater win it's second national championship in three years. After one-quarter, the Cavs were up four.

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