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Daily Raptor Dish - 08.01.11
Celtics school Raptors
Celtics overpower Raptors for 122-102 win
The title-contending Boston Celtics taught the Raptors a few lessons that should come in handy down the line in a 122-102 clinic at the TD Garden on Friday night.
Playing in an arena where an NBA-record 17 championship banners hang, in front of a frenzied, electric Boston crowd, the Raptors simply could not compete with the impressive Celtics, who ironically notched the 3,000th win in their history.
The gang in green is a legitimate title contender once again while these Raptors are very much a work in progress.
The 28-7, East-leading Celtics are very good and very big and the visitors simply were overmatched.
“They’re physically stronger than all of our big kids,” said head coach Jay Triano.
“You’d hope getting beat by 20 points and getting embarrassed is something you never want to happen again and you bounce back and you respond.
“Sometimes a step like this (results in) where you spend a summer in the weight room and say: ‘I’m not going to let that (expletive) happen again.’”
Though Triano and the Raptors denied the crowd played much of a factor, the young Raptors — now 12-24 — became rattled at a couple of key first-quarter points when the Garden’s faithful really let loose with noise and excitement.
The visitors were hanging around when the crowd really got into it for the first time. After two Shaquille O’Neal free throw misses, the Celtics got the offensive rebound and got a three from Paul Pierce, sparking delirium.
The result? A Raptors turnover the next trip down the floor.
When the team got within 18-17, turnover problems arose again when the fans worked themselves into a frenzy once more and before the Raptors knew it, they were down 34-22 after a quarter and 67-45 at the half.
The lead was chipped down to 12 early in the fourth, but the outcome never felt in doubt.
“It’s a great atmosphere in this building, they just kept yelling,” said rookie Ed Davis.
Raptors Blog by Doug Smith
It is one thing to be a step slow and second late against the dregs of the NBA because you might still have a chance to steal a game.
Pull that stuff against the Boston Celtics and you’ll get your heads handed to you.
A little behind from the opening tip, and playing an exceptional team running on all cylinders, the Raptors were drilled 122-102 here on Friday night, soundly beaten by a far superior squad that’s older, more time-hardened and more skilled.
The Celtics, an Eastern Conference best 28-7, took control of the game with a 67-point first half and never relinquished control, ceding only a few meaningless runs in the second half, the outcome was sealed halfway through.
For the Raptors, it was another learning experience in what it takes to play against the upper echelon of the league.
Toronto came out flat, the Celtics smelled blood and are good enough and talented enough to know how to put teams away.
Sure, the Raptors had some good moments and stretches where they looked okay but the overriding sense was Boston was like a cat playing with a captured mouse, just teasing it a lot until it went in for the kill.
Raptors beaten down in Beantown
Know what I like about games in Boston?
No timeout shenanigans where they spin some dial at midcourt or play some silly game with boxes and prizes or some zany over-under game with cards on the ribbon boards around the arena.
No “in-game hosts” and nobody screaming at fans to scream.
Sure, they have June Taylor Dancers and some group of kids who fire T-shirts into the stands and leprechaun but, for the most part, it’s a “basketball experience” and I’m all for it.
Not sure it would go in Toronto – fans at home tend to want to be otherwise “entertained” rather than to just watch the game – but maybe it’s worth a try some day.
Wonder what it would be like at one Raptors game to have nothing but the game to deal with.
Odd, I bet.
Rookie Harangody leads Celtics over Raptors
“They don't panic at all. They know what they've got to do if they get down,” said DeMar DeRozan, who led Toronto with 20 points. They know exactly what to do and that's something we definitely could learn from a team like Boston.“
Toronto has lost four of five and seven of nine despite shooting well (40-for-79) on Friday. But the Celtics outscored the Raptors 54-44 in the paint and outrebounded them 43-31.
The Raptors got as close as 13 points in the third and were down 87-73 after two foul shots by Amir Johnson before Harangody helped quickly rebuild Boston's lead. Pierce made two free throws to put the Celtics up 89-73, then Harangody blocked a layup attempt by Ed Davis and rumbled back to the Celtics' end to score on his own layup with 1:53 left in the third.
Andrea Bargnani got Toronto to within 98-86, but that was as close as the Raptors would come. The Celtics scored the next 10 points during a 15-1 run that sealed the victory and a 3-1 win for Boston in the season series.
Allen started it with a three-pointer, Harangody hit an 18-footer and Nate Robinson took a steal in for a layup to put Boston ahead 109-86. Harangody showed some agility a few minutes later when he drove under the basket and banked in a reverse layup to put Boston up 113-87.
As a rookie on a team as well-stocked as the Boston Celtics, Luke Harangody's playing time has been sparse.
He finally got a chance Friday when coach Doc Rivers turned him loose, and Harangody shined with the best game of his young career in the short-handed Celtics' 122-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Harangody had career highs with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double and added a pair of blocks, also more than he had ever done in 16 previous appearances. He played 26:42 - 10 minutes more than he ever had - and made 8-of-11 shots.
"On this team, you have to take a look around the locker room and realize who's around," Harangody said, understanding his limited playing time. "This was just one game. Nothing has changed. My role is always defensive and get a rebound."
His role Friday was a little bit of everything as the Celtics earned the 3,000th victory in franchise history.
Harangody, a rookie from Notre Dame, had never played more than 16 minutes in a game. He got in early and had doubled his career high for points (four) by the end of the first quarter. His previous highs for rebounds was also four.
"He was great. He was phenomenal," Rivers said. "He'll make mistakes because he's young. He'll make mistakes because he's going too fast. He'll never make mistakes because he's not playing hard."