Preview – Raptors vs. Celtics

We were just talking the other day about games that the Raptors have to win and this is another one. The Celtics are reportedly going to be missing Paul Pierce, Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak , Theo Ratliff and Tony Allen. That’s pretty serious.

This is one of those games where the Raptors should be able to have a 10-15 point lead at the half and then try to get the younger guys some work in the second half. Realistically, the young guys are already getting playing time for the Raptors (well, the ones who haven’t been sent down to the D-League), but the extra minutes never hurt.

The Celtics got thumped by the Jermain O’Neal show the other night and lost to Dwight Howard (to quote Swirsk, Dwight Howard is A MAN) and the Magic a few nights earlier, so they should be a little hungry, but if the Raptors can put up some numbers early, look for the Celtics to lay down and like Apollo Creed, stay down.

Put some beer on ice…I’ll be enjoying this tonight…praying they don’t let me down.