Celtics Host the Raptors in Hartford

Toronto Raptors (1-2) at Boston Celtics (3-1)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
7:30 PM ET
XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut

Probable Starters

Rondo/  R Allen/  Pierce/  Garnett/  Perkins

Eddie House
Rasheed Wallace
Marquis Daniels
Shelden Williams
Tony Allen
Brian Scalabrine
Lester Hudson
Michael Sweetney

Tony Allen (ankle) out
Bill Walker (knee)  out 
Rasheed Wallace (ankle) questionable
Marquis Daniels (stomach bug) questionable

Probable Starters
Calderon/  DeRozan/  Turkoglu/  Bosh/  Bargnani

Reggie Evans
Marco Belinelli
Jarrett Jack
Amir Johnson
Patrick O'Bryant
Marcus Banks
Quincy Douby
Sonny Weems

Sonny Weems (toe) game time decision
Antoine Wright (knee)  day to day

Key Matchups
Rajon Rondo  vs  Jose Calderon
I am sure that Calderon will remember the fact that KG taunted him in a game last season and would love nothing better than to get his revenge with a win in every game these two teams play this season.  So far this preseason Rondo's game has been a little off and this would be a good time for him to get into regular season form. 

Kevin Garnett  vs  Chris Bosh 
Chris Bosh is one of the best young power forwards in the game and is very dangerous on the offensive end.  However in most of the games between these two teams last season, Bosh seemed to be very intimidated by KG. 

Game Notes.
Doc had said that he would hold out his three stars from one of the back to back games.   Since they didn't play against New Jersey on Tuesday, the will more than likely be playing in this game. 

Hedo Turkoglu has been out with a knee problem and will be making his Raptors debut in this game vs the Celtics.   He will be playing without having had much practice with the team and so there may be some chemistry issues on the court until he gets used to his new teammates. 

Former Celtics Patrick O'Bryant and Marcus Banks are playing for the Raptors this season.  In spite of these two players, the Raptors have a nice core of players and should be a tough team once they get everyone healthy. At the least, they will give the Celtics more of a challenge than the Nets did. 

The Celtics will see the Raptors once more in the preseason on October 18 at the Air Canada center.