ESPN | Second unit keys C’s resurgence

It was a two-possession game with under five minutes to play in the third quarter when a lineup featuring Terry, Green, Crawford, Avery Bradley and Chris Wilcox helped Boston close out the frame on a 17-4 run. Four of the five buckets during the stretch came at the rim, while the other was a kick-out 3-pointer from the corner. A small Boston lineup attacked relentlessly, getting to the line for nine attempts on the run. At the other end of the floor, Toronto missed eight of nine attempts to end the quarter and was staring at a 19-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. That allowed Pierce to sit out the entire fourth quarter, while Garnett played a mere two minutes. Both kicked back and grooved to Gino dancing on the JumboTron as Boston’s lead ballooned to as high as 26.

Toronto Star | Toronto Raptors fall flat against Celtics in Boston: Kelly

The big topic on the day? Whether resting Paul Pierce the night before and getting hammered by the woeful Bobcats was an instance of ‘seed management.’ The tinfoil-hat types are convinced it was part of a plan to keep Boston’s seed low and keep them out of the Heat’s way until deep into the playoffs. No loss in Boston is ever just a loss. It’s always a plan. The worse part of it all? They were right.

Raptors HQ | Raptors vs Celtics Final Score: Raptors fade in the second half; lose 112-88

Perhaps the only positive thing to come out of this blowout loss was that it gave Terrence Ross the opportunity to get some extra run in. Ross made the best of that opportunity, gaining a little extra confidence with some impressive dunks in the fourth quarter. Ross finished the game 6-11 from the floor with 13 points.

Celtics Hub | Celtics-Raptors Grades

Rudy Gay is terrible, huh?

CelticsBlog | Celtics Make Up For Charlotte Debacle, Cruise Past Raptors

They switched a lot of things. After shooting just 40.9 percent in the ugly Charlotte loss, the Celtics turned things around and shot 51.3 percent against Toronto. They were outrebounded 48-29 by the Bobcats; against the Raps, they crashed the glass with ferocity and finished up 40-34. On Tuesday night, they were sluggish and unwilling to attack the basket; on Wednesday, they gleefully shared the ball and found good looks with ease. It’s a long season, and there will be good nights intermixed with bad ones all the time. But for the Celtics at this point in the year, these quick recoveries are vital.

Toronto Sun | Celtics tough on Valanciunas, top Raptors

It’s not often the word embarrassment gets tossed around, but the Celtics, who were humiliated a night earlier in Charlotte, basically took the Raptors to school once Boston began to control of the game after the first quarter. During his pre-game availability, head coach Dwane Casey spoke of the need to push the pace, yet his Raptors managed the grand total of zero fast-break points in the opening half.


I guess you could call this a learning experience for a young Raptors team still searching for their identity, although that’s probably being too kind. Following a competitive first quarter, this got out of hand in a hurry. The warning signs were there early on as Toronto committed five quick turnovers, miscues that Boston was unable to capitalize on. However, the shrewd and defensive-minded Celtics aren’t likely to let you get away with careless mistakes for very long, nor did they at the Garden on Wednesday.

Boston Globe | Celtics get right back in gear, rout Raptors

The bunch in there wasn’t them, he surmised. It couldn’t be. Sure, he’d sat out his first game of the season to rest, but in his absence the Celtics then lost to the NBA’s worst team by 26 points. The Celtics wouldn’t do such a thing. “Was I in somebody else’s locker room?” Pierce said he wondered to himself. The mood on the team’s charter flight home was a cocktail of disappointment and anger, and Pierce said he knew that no matter what team stood in their way Wednesday night, the Celtics were going to destroy them, even if he didn’t play. Pity the Toronto Raptors, who wandered helplessly into the line of fire at TD Garden.

ESPN | Notebook: Pietrus feeling green

“I can’t get over it. I cannot,” admitted Pietrus. “I’ll be honest with you guys. I just can’t because Boston was what I like to do — fight, protect your jersey and that’s what I like to do. It is what it is. You never know, hopefully I’ll be back. Cross your fingers.” Pietrus spent much of the summer holding out in hopes of landing something above a minimum contract, but the Celtics had little financial flexibility and ultimately maxed out their guard depth by adding Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Leandro Barbosa.

National Post | Former Raptors coach Sam Mitchell on Andrea Bargnani

Mitchell was admittedly hard on several players during his time in Toronto, including Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh. He said management discouraged him from taking the same approach with Bargnani, who the Raptors took first overall in the 2006 draft. “A lot of people in the upper management felt like that was the wrong technique,” he said. “And I blame myself from the standpoint that I didn’t articulate. But I didn’t feel like I needed to as a coach.”

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  • arsenalist

    Snitch confirming what everyone suspected.

  • Andre

    My friend said it from the start. BC forced Smitch to start bargnani instead of letting him earn his mins. Im sorry, id rather have Branden Roy or Aldridge. I remember arguing with a friend of mine that the raptors should have traded that pick for 2 first rounders. sigh. now the raptors lost out on another asset, so much time wasted. 

    • Nilanka15

      The 2006 draft was considered a “weak” draft by all going in.  Who’s to say anyone would’ve traded us 2 first rounders?  Where there is no consensus #1 pick, why would anyone give up 2 picks for it?

    • TheR3dMenace

      You mean like BC did with DeRozan too. Started from day 1. Andrea’s performance doesn’t fall on anybody but him. And if you still say you’d rather have Brandon Roy, you’ve got no clue.

  • Nilanka15

    The NP article just goes to show that every once in a while, conspiracy theories turn out to be true.

    • smh

      I do wonder what his angle is, you know? Like, how does this affect coaching gigs, or is Bryan no longer respected by rival GM’s that Smitch “whistleblowing” is ok?

      It sure makes it interesting to hear/read what Casey will say once he or Bryan is gone.

      Ex. the whole “accountability” thing, starting JC > Lowry, “accountability” and “earning-minutes” again.


    Former Raptors coach Sam Mitchell says Toronto, Vince Carter should reconcile

  • Roarque

    The Vince Thing

    My problem is the deliberate refusal to play to his potential on the court, during an NBA game.

    When you’re proud to be playing in the NBA then you have to understand that your work on the court defines the nature of the league. The NBA stands for excellence and it starts and ends with the players playing the game. Vince decided to display his petulance by NOT playing hard. This is what I cannot forget or forgive in the player and the man.

    • Copywryter

      I love basketball but I don’t think the NBA is anything but a business. If it stood for excellence they wouldn’t make guys play 82 games. That’s just a grind that lines pockets and makes a 100% nightly effort impossible. I think most players other than the less talented ‘energy’ guys take plays and games off, it is the nature of the beast. 

      Wince was a bitch for the way he handled things, but given how dysfunctional the organization was (and is) I can forgive him. 

      • Roarque

        Ur  a better man than me – I still have issues. Wish I didn’t.

    • smh

      Goes both ways.  

      You look at the team that went to the EC finals, then you look at all the shit that went down after. Lenny Wilkins? Babcock? WTF was Pedie thinking?

      Put yourself in VC’s shoes. You are on the cusp of the finals and then you get injured and the team, coaching, management goes to shit.While I wasn’t a VC fan per se, no one can discount that he put the Raps on the NBA map.

      • Roarque

        Didn’t Vince listen to his mom and go to his college graduation ceremony the night before an NBA semi finals game seven? I’m not knocking moms but sometimes you have to say no – this is more important, sorry mom.

        Richard Peddie? Way over his head. Nice guy but not a round ball guy. Lenny took him for an early retirement ride.

        I can’t put myself in Vince’s shoes because we are different people. I have been on the outs with my bosses in the past and when I was I worked even harder to make them admit they may not have liked me but I damn well brought home the bacon!

        • smh

          I agree about the grad thing–although I can see why he did–I agree that the Raps should have been a priority.