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    Default Final: Toronto Raptors 96 - Boston Celtics 103



    Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics

    16-17, 2nd Atlantic, (Road: 5-12) -- 23-8, 1st Atlantic, (Home: 10-4)

    WHEN: Sat., Jan. 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm ET
    WHERE: TD Garden
    TV/Radio: TSN2, TSN2 HD, FAN590 Radio



    TORONTO RAPTORS
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    Starters

    (L to R): Jack, DeRozan, Wright, Bosh, Bargnani

    Bench

    (L to R): Belinelli, Weems, Banks, Johnson, Nestrovic, Mensah-Bonsu

    Team Injuries/Inactive List

    (L to R): Evans, O'Bryant, Calderon, Turkoglu

    BOSTON CELTICS
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    Starters

    (L to R): Giddens, R. Allen, T. Allen, Wallace, Perkins

    Bench

    (L to R): House, Scalabrine, Daniels, Williams, Hudson, Walker

    Team Injuries/Inactive List

    (L to R): Davis, Rondo, Pierce, Garnett

    Who's Hot

    TORONTO RAPTORS


    Andrea: 21.7 PPG IN LAST 3 GP / Bosh: 23.8 PPG IN LAST 4 GP

    BOSTON CELTICS


    R. Allen: 18.8 PPG IN LAST 6 GP / T. Allen: 11 PPG IN LAST 4 GP

    Key Match-ups


    Rasheed Wallace vs. Chris Bosh


    Ray Allen vs. DeMar DeRozan

    GAME PREVIEWS


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    Prediction

    - 99
    - 91

    This game is far from being a "gimme", but I'll be pretty disappointed if we can take advantage of the injury depleted Celtics or as Arsenalist likes to refer to they as ... the C**tics.

    BTW, I haven't heard an update regarding Hedo yet so I still have him in the starting five and if his status changes I'll edit the line-up.

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    Forget it, I just read that Hedo is out today after all.

    The Raptors are beaten up, too.

    Hedo Turkoglu (knee) and Jose Calderon (hip) won't be available against the Celtics, forcing coach Jay Triano to alter his rotations.

    Toronto has been getting by with Jarrett Jack and Marcus Banks handling point guard duties, but Antoine Wright, who lost his minutes to the more athletic Sonny Weems when Toronto began its recent hot streak, will get an emergency start in place of Turkoglu.
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    Tony Allen looks a LOT like Paul Pierce in the Who's Hot section.

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    This is ours to lose and by saying that I mean we are gonna lose tonight. Ray Allen is going to go off for 40
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    Quote Gurk wrote: View Post
    This is ours to lose and by saying that I mean we are gonna lose tonight. Ray Allen is going to go off for 40
    Gurk, since when did you become so pessimistic? That's my job.

    Anyhow, continue predicting losses because lately you've been wrong everytime.

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    Quote DAGman27 wrote: View Post
    Tony Allen looks a LOT like Paul Pierce in the Who's Hot section.
    Damn RR Editors! Someone's getting fired for that mistake today.

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    If JR Giddens gets 30+ minutes ... he'll out-rebound Bargnani.

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    I'm looking forward to this game. It looks like a fairly even matchup now that Hedo Turkoglu is out.

    Perimeter Players

    Raptors perimeter players -- Jarrett Jack + DeMar DeRozan + Antoine Wright + Sonny Weems + Marco Belinelli + Marcus Banks
    Celtics perimeter players -- Tony Allen + Ray Allen + JR Giddens + Eddie House + Walker/Scalabrine/Hudson

    That looks fairly even to me. Both teams are very weak on the wings. The only good player is Ray Allen. Jarrett Jack is the best point guard on either team. Tony Allen is a big variable that could swing either way.

    Big Men

    Raptors -- Chris Bosh + Andrea Bargnani + Amir Johnson + maybe Rasho
    Celtics -- Kendrick Perkins + Rasheed Wallace + Glen Davis + Shelden Williams + Brian Scalabrine

    The Raps have a big advantage with Chris Bosh but the Celtics are deeper.

    Overall

    The Celtics look like a solid defensive team + a poor-to-very poor offensive team. The Raptors look like a good offensive team but a very poor defensive team. Close. Surprisingly so.

    Hedo Turkoglu

    It's a shame Hedo is out because the Celtics have nobody that can guard him with Paul Pierce + Marquis Daniels out injured. Hedo's playmaking would have made this an easy win for the Raptors.

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    This should be a good one. Both teams will be missing multiple key players. IMO the Dinos should be able to pull out a W. The Dinos still need to worry about and contain Jesus Shuttlesworth though. That guy can still go off for 30 or 40, especially since he will be the only primary offensive threat on the team. What's Daniels' status for tonight? Is he still injured?

    Time for the Dinos to rip apart the C**TICS!

    LET'S GO RAPTORS! SHOW NO MERCY!


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    Well the raptors fucked up this one . Hopefully they can regroup 2morrow

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    Quote Gurk wrote: View Post
    This is ours to lose and by saying that I mean we are gonna lose tonight. Ray Allen is going to go off for 40
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    Is it me, Chris Bosh in the interview doesn't care that we lose this match? no emotion in him? and his favorite word is "composure"...lol

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    Quote Gurk wrote: View Post
    Well, it wasn't 40 for Allen but he did lead the injury ravaged Celtics over the sad, sad Raptors.

    Moral of the story: Never doubt Gurk and his predictions.

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    Quote Faithleader wrote: View Post
    Is it me, Chris Bosh in the interview doesn't care that we lose this match? no emotion in him? and his favorite word is "composure"...lol
    Maybe its just me, but if there's a team you want to be pissed off losing too right now, its the Boston Celtics with 3 of their all-stars sitting out.

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    Quote Doc Naismith wrote: View Post
    Well, it wasn't 40 for Allen but he did lead the injury ravaged Celtics over the sad, sad Raptors.

    Moral of the story: Never doubt Gurk and his predictions.
    Well obviously. I should start getting pro-line
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    Quote Gurk wrote: View Post
    Well obviously. I should start getting pro-line
    Don't you have to be 18 to do Pro-line?

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