Big exhale after that Raptor win over the Celtics. Prior to tonight’s game,
Raptors, last 8 games (before tonight):
OPP PTS - 113.9 (29th in league)
OPP FG% - 49.1% (30th)
OPP 3-PT% - 44.8% (30th)
DEF RTG - 113.5% (30th)
PT DIFF - -2.9 (21st)
And they’ve been healthy! Ibaka has been a disappointment. At least the Raptors played much better defense tonight (or technically last night being after midnight). Despite going 3 for 22 on threes and turnovers galore, Stevens and several Celtics afterwards spoke highly of the Raps, especially the Raps’ hard play in the paint.
It also would’ve been embarrassing for the Celts to take a third game off The Raptors this season without Irving (and Hayward and others).
A brief scare after the first quarter, with the Raps accruing a season-low 14 points, and I was thinking, oh great, well, at least Boston aint doin much, either, and then TO managed to rally from that with a 29-point 2nd quarter.
With four games remaining, if the Raptors don’t get the one more win needed to secure home court I’ll be perturbed.
Too bad Kyle seemed a little embarrassedover the win.