C's Outlast Raptors, 114-107

The Celtics maintained an edge in this game throughout, thanks to a well-balanced attack lead by Rondo and Wallace.
  • Rajon had a triple double and totally dominated the tempo of this game.  It's amusing as hell when Caleron attempts to defend him.
  • For all you Sheed haters, he had his best game of the season for the Celtics tonight, finishing with 29 points and a torrid 5 for 7 on threes.  I also think he had 2 "Ball Don't Lies" to go along with 8 rebounds.
  • Perk, Ray and Paul all with 16 points.  Great balance amongst them.
  • One gripe from me today was the minutes.  Tony Allen only got 8, is this because he was still ill, and by ill I mean in a totally non-Beastie Boys way?  Ray playing 42 also sucked.
  • DeMar DeRozan shouldn't sniff playing time on a team in this league, specifically one in the playoff hunt.  A special thanks to David Stern for expansion, allowing guys like him to have to play significant minutes on teams battling for playoff spots.  It's just not the 1980s and early 90s anymore, and tb727 needs to accept it (for the record, my first "3rd person" reference in my lifetime).

  • Jose Caleron and Anrea Bargnani take the term "defensive sieves" to new levels.  No typo there, just no letter "D" can be associated with their names.  I still can't wait for 5 years from now when the corpse of Bargnani becomes an "expiring contract" extravaganza.
  • When Eddie House takes an actual half-second to gather himself and shoot, I'm not sure there's a player in the league I have more confidence in knocking it down.  Thanks again to Toronto for their porous defensive effort.
  • I'm looking forward to Glen Davis returning to his form from last year.  He's still the best Celtic in my opinion in taking charges.  Hopefully he'll get his legs under him soon and resume making those 15 foot perimeter jumpers.
All in all a solid win.  Giving up 107 is a bit disconcerting, as are the minutes Ray Allen played.  Hopefully the Celts can focus in tomorrow vs Atlanta.  I expect a big win.  In fact, for all the readers who participated in last week's live chat for the Heat-Celts, I predict the Celtics to hammer Atlanta.