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Depleted Celtics good enough to beat Raptors



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The Celtics have five standout starters, a lethal basketball fist.
Last night, against the visiting Raptors, the Celtics’ fist was without three of its fingers in point guard Rajon Rondo and forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
But the two remaining fingers, forwards Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace, provided enough leadership and scoring to guide the home side to a 103-96 victory in a foul-filled game at the TD Garden, and snap the Raptors’ five-game win streak. Typically, the Celtics also played tough, physical defence, and that was a big difference in the game.
“We have to learn how to play like they do,” Toronto coach Jay Triano said. “Where you play that hard on defence and not have fouls called against you. They played hard defence and had one foul called against them in the fourth quarter. We have to learn how to do that.”
Not that the Raptors didn’t try to play hard. Toronto picked up 27 fouls, leading to 25 Celtics points from the free throw line. Boston had 21 fouls.
“Every one of our guys was in foul trouble early trying to play (hard defence),” Triano said. “That took away a little bit of our aggressiveness that we were trying to establish defensively.
“They played very hard, we knew they were going to do that, they execute, they banged us inside and we were trying to not let the catch come in and we just didn’t work hard enough in the low block defensively to take that away from them, and the result was a lot of points in the paint.”
The Celtics, who attacked the basket all night, scored 48 inside to 30 for To



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MAKING HIS POINTS
Chris Bosh could surpass Vince Carter as the highest point-getter in franchise history tonight when the Raptors play host to the San Antonio Spurs. Bosh picked up 25 points against the Boston Celtics last night at the TD Garden and is only 14 points away from tying Carter, who recorded 9,420 points during his playing days in Toronto.
TURKOGLU PLAYS
Hedo Turkoglu was able to start at small forward last night for the Raptors. Turkoglu left the club's game on Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats at halftime because of a right knee contusion and had been questionable to play last night.
CALDERON UPDATE
Head coach Jay Triano is hoping to have point guard Jose Calderon dressed for Toronto's game in Orlando on Wednesday, though the Spanish point guard did not fly with the team to Boston.
WRONG AND WRIGHT
Rookie guard DeMar DeRozan, guarding Ray Allen, picked up three fouls in just over five minutes to start the game and was replaced by Antoine Wright, who was forced out after two minutes when kicked in the right shin. After icing the shin, Wright returned to the game.


DeRozan taken to school



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Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan experienced one of his most trying games as a pro last night.
But the starting shooting guard said that he will gain a lot from the experience, particularly the experience of guarding nine-time NBA all-star Ray Allen, who burned the Raptors for 23 points, along with four assists and two steals.
"He never stops," said DeRozan, who picked up four fouls in the game, three in the first five minutes. "He doesn't play the ball, he plays you. He just sets you up to get you in his comfort zone."
Because of his foul trouble, DeRozan played just over 14 minutes and finished with three points and no rebounds. But Toronto coach Jay Triano wasn't about to dump on his rookie.





Raptors get schooled in physicality




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It was a game of determination and grit, of toughness and imposing one's will on an opponent.
That the Raptors came up lacking in those critical characteristics really shouldn't be surprising.
It is historically like that when they face the Celtics and even a depleted Boston team missing three starters still had enough of the swagger and physicality that sets it apart from all but a handful of the best teams in the NBA.
With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo out with injuries, the Celtics maintained their mastery of the Raptors with a 103-96 victory Saturday night that said much more about Toronto than it did Boston


The maturing of Chris Bosh



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"Nowadays, everybody looks out for themselves," he said. "There's not much loyalty in anything, like personally, or basketball.
"I think that's important," he added. "I think that could be brought back to sports, to family, to friends. I think generally, in the world, loyalty isn't big any more."
It's that kind of loyalty that's allowed Bosh to become what he is for the Raptors. He's played through horrible times and good ones, injuries and good health and teammates by the dozen.
"Chris is not a flamboyant person who says, `Look at me,'" says his former coach, Sam Mitchell, who was in charge during Bosh's ascension to the upper ranks of NBA power forwards. "He just gets the job done. He wants the Raptors to do well."
Bosh, who already holds the franchise record for career rebounds, contends that while setting the scoring mark will be "surreal" it's not something that drives him.
A guy who once stumped via Internet video for an all-star berth – kicking off a litany of similar antics among NBAers – said the attention that comes with his spot in the sport and with the franchise is not something he craves.
"I used to crave it at first but after a while, it's like, who really needs attention?" he said. "I have the attention here and I can't walk around many places here and that just kind of bugs me. Do I want that everywhere?"








Celtics' Allen lights up Raptors



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The Boston Celtics needed just two veterans and a bunch of role players to handle the Toronto Raptors.
Ray Allen scored 23 points, Rasheed Wallace added 16 and the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 103-96 on Saturday night despite missing three starters because of injuries.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Boston and ended the Raptors' season-high five-game winning streak.
“When Rasheed puts his mind to it, he can be one of the best low-post players in the league,” said Boston center Kendrick Perkins, one of just two regular starters in the lineup.
The other available starter — Ray Allen — made timely shots when things got tight.






Allen helps undermanned Celtics top Raptors 103-96



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The Boston Celtics needed just two veterans and a bunch of role players to handle the Toronto Raptors.
Ray Allen scored 23 points, Rasheed Wallace added 16 and the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 103-96 on Saturday night despite missing three starters because of injuries.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Boston and ended the Raptors' season-high five-game winning streak.
"When Rasheed puts his mind to it, he can be one of the best low-post players in the league," said Boston center Kendrick Perkins, one of just two regular starters in the lineup.
The other available starter - Ray Allen - made timely shots when things got tight.
"I thought we showed up with the attitude that we're going to find a way to win," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "We didn't know how, but we're going to find it."




Celtics’ win easy as 1-2-3



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In order to make everything run smoothly and snap a three-game losing streak, Celtics coach Doc Rivers came up with one mantra: Simplify everything. And in every timeout during the Celtics’ 103-96 win over the Raptors at TD Garden last night, everyone from Rivers down to each of his assistants repeated the refrain.
“We kept it simple,’’ Rivers said. “We had a theme going into the game. Fortunately it was the right theme, because sometimes you just don’t know. But every single guy, you could hear the whole time repeating it over and over again.’’
The blueprint was the same - defense first, unselfishness second. The steps were just easier to follow.
“We didn’t do anything different really,’’ Rivers said. “We just ran our stuff. We simplified it because we thought we had to.’’
The Celtics shot 51.4 percent from the floor, they won the rebound battle, 36-28, and with 26 assists on 36 field goals, they kept the ball moving on offense. For Rivers, figuring out a way to win, was like piecing together a puzzle, but the key was making sure each player knew which piece it was.




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