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Celtics beat the Raptors 81-73: HIghlights and Box score,and thoughts

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 22, 2011 at 5:15 AM

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Rondo scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half to lead the Celtics to an 81-73 victory over Toronto.

Rondo had 10 points in the first 8 minutes for Boston, which scored the game's first eight points and never trailed. Rondo had seven assists and two steals in 23 minutes. I'm not going to lie I was over excited about Rodno's three jumpers made in the first quarter. His form looks solid,but I need to see it in the regular season.

"We want him to just shoot it," said Rivers. "I don't care how many times he shoots. What I did like more than his jump shot was that he got to the foul line I think six times in the first half. We need that."

 Brandon Bass, scored 12 points in 18 minutes, while rookie E'Twaun Moore, Boston's second-round draft pick, had 11 points and four rebounds in his 18 minutes. I have been happy with both so far,but I hope it translates into the season.

Jermaine O'neal I hope  he stays healthy. His defense is awesome,and he blocks almost anything that comes into the paint.He looks years younger,and that's what I hoped for.

I'm not worried about the 20 turnonvers because it's the  preseason. The Celtics also lost the rebounding battle 48-38  to the Raptors.

Stiemsma had a nice hook shot Paul.


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Reply paul
6:05 AM on December 22, 2011 
That block by Jermaine was a thing of beauty. Rondo's shooting was the main thing we had to see, and we saw it. The bench struggled, and Marquise struggled, but the bench pulled itself up. Love to see a Celtic with a hook shot, Shawn! I still see a team that could win a title but could also trainwreck. But if Rondo can just play with more energy more consistently, and if he can attack more on offense, scoring a little more effectively (14 ppg would be great - we don't need 20, though that too would be fantastic of course), who knows? KG seems to have brought high octane enthusiasm, which we badly need. Doc already looks totally exhausted.

It kills me, though, when Rivers says that it doesn't matter if we score in the pivot, that only basketball purists care about that, that two points from the elbow counts the same anyway. That's typical Rivers, isn't it? What is wrong with this guy that he just doesn't get it that BIGS MATTER? The pivot matters. When you score a basket, it's not just that you are scoring two or three points. It's also that you are setting up the next basket, giving the D something to worry about, causing them to overreact in certain ways, which opens up other things. I say that it's because of Rivers that we seem to become more and more a jump-shooting team, which doesn't even rebound well against Toronto, and whose primary threat in the paint is Rajon Rondo.

The main thing, though, is that we are looking better now than I thought we would be at this point.
Reply paul
7:10 AM on December 22, 2011 
Gotta comment on the continuing reports (as of last night) that Danny is still shopping Rondo around. I swear, this is SOOOO demented. Why is Danny Ainge so commitment challenged?