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Daily Raptor Dish - 03.01.11
Celtics just too much for Raptors
Raps can't catch a break
The lack of bodies, and the resultant lack of scoring could not be overcome.
Not even against a Boston Celtics team lacking its emotional motor in Kevin Garnett.
The Raptors were game, as they have been throughout a good portion of this injury-ravaged series of games since mid-December, but were simply no match for a Celtics team that lacked Garnett but welcomed point guard Rajon Rondo back after five games.
The final was 93-78 as the Celtics got 30 from Paul Pierce to more than offset anything the Raptors could throw at the visitors.
DeMar DeRozan was the only source of consistent offence the Raptors had to offer all night, finishing with 27, which was a nice follow to the career high 37 he threw up in Houston, but no where near enough when he was the only Raptor who seemed to possess any touch at all.
“We missed a lot of chippies,” DeRozan said. “Sometimes that happens. Sometimes it doesn’t bounce your way but you got to keep playing.”
While DeRozan made good on 11 of his 25 attempts, the trio of Linas Kleiza, Jose Calderon and Leandro Barbosa were a combined 9-for-38. The Celtics would have had to shoot well below the 54% they did from the field for the Raptors to have had any chance with that kind of production.
Refs not kind to the Raptors
Rondo’s return saw see him play for the first time since Dec. 15. He had been out with a sprained left ankle. He led the NBA in assists with 13.8 per game heading into Sunday night’s game.
For the Raptors, Jose Calderon was able to play as he did in Houston on Friday, but still out were his backup Jerryd Bayless, starting small forward Sonny Weems, Reggie Evans and Andrea Bargnani.
Even Calderon’s status remains day to day.
“It’s the type of injury that flares up after he plays on it,” head coach Jay Triano said. “He’s playing through a lot of pain so he needs a day after that to recover. We’ll find out this week how we’ll deal with the back-to-backs.”
That could be problematic with Bayless’ status up in the air. He tried to play Friday but after eight minutes decided he could not go further.
The Raps are in Chicago on Tuesday, Cleveland on Wednesday and round out the road trip and the season series with the Celtics with a game on Friday in Boston.
Pierce scores 30 to push Celtics toward victory over Raptors
Jay Triano is usually a pretty cool operator. But during Sunday’s loss against the Boston Celtics, the Raptors head coach looked a lot like Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
(You youngin’s will have to look that one up).
Toronto’s 93-79 loss to the Celtics certainly was one of the more frustrating games for Triano, from an officials perspective.
Pretty well the entire game Triano paced up and down the floor, barking at the officials and making his frustrations known over some of the calls levelled against his players and, even more so, calls NOT made against the Celtics, a squad laced with veteran star players. The old NBA “Reputation deal” really got to the normally mild mannered Triano.
When an NBA coach is asked about officiating, he generally elects not to comment. But after Sunday’s game, Triano couldn’t help himself, his frustration level so high.
“There’s another locker room down there. Ask somebody down there. And I’m not talking about the Celtics (room),” said Triano, when asked how young players go about getting the same respect from the refs that the older, star players get, like the star players on the Celtics roster, such as Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Shaquille O’Neal.
“I wish our guys got rewarded a little bit more for the work and the effort that they do,” he added. “And I think they would have got rewarded had they made more shots.”
Bad aim, short bench bury Raptors
Paul Pierce scored 30 points and the Boston Celtics avoided a three-game losing streak with a 93-79 win over the beat-up Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Pierce shot 10-for-15 from the field and was backed up by 23 points from Ray Allen. Allen shot 10-for-18 for the Celtics who had lost two in a row. Glen Davis had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and star point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed seven games with a sprained left ankle, had eight assists and four points in 34 minutes.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 27 points on 11-for-25 shooting. Joey Dorsey had 13 points and 13 rebounds while Amir Johnson added 10 points and 10 boards.
It was a game between two teams both hit by injuries. The Raptors were still within five points with slightly more than five minutes to play, and still they could not repeat their Nov. 21 victory over the Celts at the Air Canada Centre.
Rondo, Pierce help Celtics rip Raptors
Jay Triano could have spent a lot of money on Sunday night and angered the NBA front-office gods at the same time.
But after his team dropped a 93-79 decision to the Boston Celtics before a sellout crowd at the Air Canada, the head coach wouldn’t go public with his obvious distaste for the way the game was officiated.
And seeing how commissioner David Stern and league vice-president Stu Jackson are handing out $35,000 U.S. fines for ripping officials with alarming regularity, Triano can’t really blamed. But he wanted to go off, be sure of that.
“I wish our guys got rewarded a little bit more for the work and the effort,” he said.
He then threw in, “and I think they would have got rewarded had they made more shots” just to make sure it wasn’t an obvious dig at the officials.
But minus three key players and going with a seven-man rotation for the entire second half, it was a surprise the Raptors were in the game at all as they shot just 38 per cent from the floor, 7 per cent from three-point range and 45.5 per cent from the free throw line.
Pierce scores 30 as Celtics beat Raptors 93-79
Doc Rivers’ team has a championship ring, players destined for the Hall of Fame, and a guy named Shaq that outweighs Toronto’s biggest player by more than 55 pounds. But one thing about the Raptors worried the Celtics’ head coach: their spry young legs.
“Let’s say this: If it’s even, they’re gonna outrun you,” he said before the game. “If they’re in a sprint, and it’s Amir Johnson and Shaq, and they’re together at half court, I just have a feeling that Amir may win that race.”
The game started pretty much in a dead heat, with Toronto trailing by one point at the half. But the Celtics pulled away in the third quarter, led by veterans Paul Pierce (30 points) and Ray Allen (23) during a second-half surge that never let up. Despite some high energy and gritty offence under the rim, the Raptors really had no defensive answer for Pierce or Allen, who added 17 points in the second half alone.
Rondo eased back into action, contributing just four points and eight assists. But as Davis pointed out afterward, his impact was felt more on the court than on the stat sheet.
“Someone else just pushing, pushing, pushing, pushing – like, ‘Hey man, you can do it.’ It means so much.”
Triano laments 'politics' in loss to Celtics
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Joey Dorsey had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Amir Johnson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost 11 of their past 14.
Toronto trailed by nine points to start the fourth but cut it 80-75 on a reverse layup by DeRozan and a jumper from Jose Calderon with 5:05 left. The Raptors missed a chance to draw even closer when Dorsey missed two free throws.
Pierce made the Raptors pay by answering with a driving dunk, Allen made a 3-pointer and followed with a jumper in the lane as Boston pushed its lead to 87-75, its biggest of the game at that point.
The short-handed Raptors were without center and leading scorer Andrea Bargnani, who missed his fourth straight game with a sore left calf. Guard Jerryd Bayless, who left Friday's loss at Houston with a sprained left ankle, did not play, and guard Sonny Weems missed his seventh straight game because of back spasms.
DeRozan, who scored a career-high 37 points Friday, had 10 in the opening quarter but Pierce scored 8 as Boston led by one, 24-23, after 12 minutes.
Pierce added 12 more in the second as the Celtics maintained their narrow advantage, taking a 43-42 lead into the half.
DeRozan scored 10 points in the third, including a huge alley-oop from Jose Calderon, but Davis had nine as the Celtics took a 71-62 lead into the final quarter.
The word hung there for a few seconds, with no reporter quite sure what to do with it.
“Politics,” Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. “Yeah.”
It was not quite the “politics or politricks” rant of former Raptor Jalen Rose, but it was pointed. Triano assigned “politics” to the referees that presided over the Boston Celtics’ 93-79 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening.
On the surface, there was not much to complain about. The Raptors shot 22 free throws; the Celtics shot 19. That the Raptors made just 10 of those attempts was the far larger problem.
Triano, however, had his rage working overtime right from the start of the Raptors’ first game of 2011. His on-court frustration curses were prolific, his sighs especially pained. Each time a Raptor went into traffic and did not get a call, there was a reaction from the coach.
When TSN’s James Cybulski picked up the politics comment with an assertion that the veteran-laden Celtics might get the favour of the whistle more than the anonymous Raptors, Triano responded, “Thank you. I didn’t have to say it.”