Celtics 116, Raptors 110: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Celtics 116, Raptors 110: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Celtics 116, Raptors 110: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Boston Celtics (20-5) play against the Toronto Raptors (12-12) at Scotiabank Arena

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Monday December 5, 2022

Boston Celtics 116, Toronto Raptors 110 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Another heavy hitter. I’m looking forward to that one.”
Devin Booker after #Suns 130-111 loss at #Mavs as they’ll play at home Wednesday against #Celtics, who have #NBA best record. pic.twitter.com/VTzuryDId412:56 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“We hope, we don’t know yet.”
Monty Williams on if Chris Paul (heel) and Torrey Craig (groin) will play Wednesday vs. #Celtics.
Williams also addressed different rotations in Monday’s loss at #Mavs
“You have to manufacture offense as opposed to just running offense.” #Suns pic.twitter.com/M6jk3Sx2yW12:55 AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
With 11 games of shooting 50%+ Mavs are tied with SAC & BOS for 2nd most in @NBA behind BKN w/12. Also 20 3ptrs for 2nd straight game for the 4th time in franchise history. Only one team (Utah last season) has ever had 3 straight. – 12:51 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Jayson Tatum heads west nine points behind Kevin Durant for the NBA scoring lead.
The Celtics now go head to head with Devin Booker (Wednesday) and Steph Curry (Saturday). pic.twitter.com/twFUICktxN12:39 AM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
New on BSJ: The Celtics made a choice at halftime, and it led to their best win of the season bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/12/06/kar…12:33 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Last year the Celtics started 2-5.
This year, they’ve started 20-5.
Boston’s 5th loss last year came on November 1st.
Their 20th win on January 10th. – 12:26 AM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
A lesson to anybody that is too worried about Scottie Barnes: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Taytum were also high lottery picks struggling to find a way to fit in with good teams once upon a time.
theathletic.com/3973905/2022/1…12:13 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics trailed by double-digits for 22 seconds in their win at Toronto Monday night.
Through 25 games, Boston has been down 10+ for just 67:12 of the 5883 minutes they’ve played (1.1%).
(55 of those minutes were in the two games at Chicago.) – 12:02 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
A little Clippers reality check and why this week is so important
They went to Charlotte, the worst offense in the NBA as of Monday morning, and allowed 119.4 points/100 poss.
A week from today, the Clippers will host the Boston Celtics: averaging record 120.0 points/100 poss. – 11:47 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
BOSTON CELTICS
(Last 60 games)
48-12
+12.1 scoring margin
24-7 on the road
Probably worth a second to soak that in. – 11:37 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
BSJ Game Report: Celtics 116, Raptors 110 – Celtics wake up at halftime, ride big 3rd quarter to win bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/12/05/bsj…11:32 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum: “We do a great job of not panicking, and we do a great job of responding more often than not.” – 11:23 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
This off Raptors-Celtics, a game of missed opportunities for the local lads
thestar.com/sports/raptors…11:21 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Jayson Tatum said he told O.G. Anunoby that he’ll probably see him in Utah for the All-Star game later this year 👀 – 11:16 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Suns get rolled. Sixers lose to the Rockets in double OT.
I know it feels bad with the Nuggets, but I just have to continue to stress how damn weird the season is right now and that exactly two teams are playing well: Celtics and Pelicans. – 11:12 PM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
The Celtics are still the BEST team in basketball… with the Best Duo leading the way!!!! Carry the hell on… – 11:08 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams said he hopes Chris Paul (heel) and Torrey Craig (groin) are “closer” but can’t say if they’ll play Wednesday vs. #Celtics. #Suns11:06 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Marcus Smart says he wouldn’t be surprised if O.G. Anunoby is a DPOY one day – 11:01 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
All smiles north of the border nba.com/celtics/news/g…10:55 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
We dominated the third quarter and then made just enough plays down the stretch to hold on for our 20th win of the season. pic.twitter.com/J7ov2S6pFY10:42 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
“When we’re focussed and playing the way we can play, I don’t fear anybody,” says Siakam. Thinks the Raptors are close to going on a run. pic.twitter.com/vfuXcbL7f210:42 PM

Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
3rd Quarter propels Boston.
Let’s break down Toronto’s loss to the Celts in the latest #SmithAndJones VLOG.
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@Paul Jones @FAN590 @Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/A3JQeKzFVR10:37 PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Pacers had been outscored in the 1Q in 10 straight games.
– first time leading after 1 since Nov. 12 v Toronto
– first time scoring 30+ since Nov. 7 (NOP).
It’s 34-21 against the Warriors. – 10:35 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
New episode of Bleav in Nets is out.
I broke down Brooklyn’s loss to the Celtics, diving into where the Nets came up short and what they may do to better match up with Boston in the future.
@BleavNetwork podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ble…10:27 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker’s 4th foul.
Looking at the score, looking at Boston coming up, don’t be surprised if Booker sits the entire 4th.
#Suns down 96-75 at the end of 3rd as Doncic finds Kleber for corner 3. – 10:14 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Marcus showcased his sick handles in tonight’s @JetBlue Play of the Game 🪄 pic.twitter.com/5NcFVdZmhe10:13 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It might get lost because Tatum and Brown did their thing, Smart was excellent and Blake was terrific, but Luke Kornet was very good tonight too. Boston doesn’t win without his effort off the bench. – 10:10 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Second straight game without a turnover for Jaylen Brown (had one re-scored as block in final minute vs. Raptors). Totals since his last TO (4th Q vs. MIA):
92:27 floor time
76 PTS
11 AST – 10:05 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
That third quarter Boston played in Toronto was the most impressed I’ve been all season. 3rd game in four nights and people were flying around like absolute maniacs. Plus Old Man Blake came through again. Awesome win. – 10:04 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
celtics look like a well oiled machine that can plug and play and stay in a flow. the raptors look like a team that needs its best players to always run the show. – 10:02 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
LIVE Garden Report: Celtics vs Raptors Postgame Show | Powered by @AthleticGreens @betonline_ag and @RocketMoneyApp twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:00 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
LIVE Garden Report: Celtics vs Raptors Postgame Show | Powered by @AthleticGreens @betonline_ag and @RocketMoneyApp twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:00 PM
Austin Kent @AustinKent
Forget verticality, Marcus Smart is the master of horizontality. pic.twitter.com/0Y7ijj2mEu10:00 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics only had two turnovers in the second half. 11 for the game.
Boston also pulled down 13 offensive rebounds.
That’s how you beat the Raptors at their own game.
One of the best wins of the season for the Celtics. Six-game road trip is off to a 2-0 start. – 9:57 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
That’s another #CelticsWin ☘️ pic.twitter.com/7HHzNdvvt19:56 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics win 116-110
Tatum – 31/12
Brown – 22/8/8
Smart – 18/3/7
Griffin – 13/8
Kornet – 11/7
Celtics – 48.9% FGs
Celtics – 13-36 3Ps
Celtics – 11 TOs
Siakam – 29/8/7
Barnes – 21/7/4
Trent – 20 points
Anunoby – 13/5
Raptors – 45.9% FGs
Raptors – 10-28 3Ps
Raptors – 13 TOs – 9:55 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics beat #Raptors 116-110, dominate second half and then hold on late. Tatum 31, Brown 22, Smart 18, Griffin 13, Kornet 11; Siakam 29, Barnes 21, Trent Jr. 20, Anunoby 13.
#Celtics committed two turnovers in second half after nine in first half. – 9:53 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics beat Raptors 116-110 to improve to 2-0 on road trip. One of the best wins of the year given the circumstances. – 9:53 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Second night of a back to back. No brogdon or Horford. Suspect first half. Celtics still win without too much of a sweat. – 9:53 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
‘Topes lose. 116-110 Celtics. 29-8-7 from Siakam, 21-7-4 from Scottie, but the half-court offence/rough shooting caught ’em in the third quarter, and the Celtics made big shots when they needed em. – 9:53 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Tatum tonight:
31 PTS
12 REB
5 3P
Leading the league in 30/10 games with 5+ 3P. pic.twitter.com/u7jUhnyMKp9:53 PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Free throws and turnovers flipped against Toronto dramatically in the 2nd half. Siakam’s errant pass and O.G. dropping another out of bounds killed their rally. – 9:52 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
If this was a measuring stick game, I’m not sure we learned anything new about the Raptors. When they play THEIR game they’re pretty tough. When they don’t, well, we’ve seen what that looks like too. Commendable effort vs NBA’s best team but Celts are on another level right now. – 9:51 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Tough couple of fumbles in key late-game situations; Raptors had their shots but down 7 with 26.8 left
No miracles tonight but if they make two more catches, this one might be really good – 9:48 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Blake Griffin: Best third string center in the NBA – 9:47 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
12-7-2 for Blake Griffin. Apology cam inbound. @Jimmy_Toscano @John_Zannis9:47 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Griffin’s tip-in may have iced it for #Celtics, 115-108 with 26.8 left. Griffin with 12 pts, 7 rebs in 32 minutes. He’s going to need a ice tub on that flight to Phoenix tonight. #Raptors9:47 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Well, can’t say the Raptors didn’t have a few chances. – 9:46 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics getting real lucky down the stretch. #Raptors botching their chances at a rally. – 9:46 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Celtics led by 12 points with 3.5 minutes left in this game. Since then? The Raptors have scored 7 straight. Somehow, this is a 5-point game with 71 seconds remaining. Toronto’s 8 missed free throws loom large, as I suspected they might. – 9:45 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Judging from Grant’s reaction, he knew the take foul rule didn’t apply under 2 minutes, but he also didn’t realize Boston was in the penalty – 9:45 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Grant Williams may have saved the #Celtics 2 points with that foul. Trent Jr. was lined up for an open 3 and instead Siakam splits the FTs. BOS 113, TOR 108, 1:11 left. – 9:44 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Dont really get Grant Williams giving a take foul in the penalty there. – 9:44 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’m not sure about closing with Blake here. I might go to White. Celtics needs to run the Raptors off the arc. – 9:44 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It took a while for Toronto to get to their best-five lineup of Siakam, Anunoby, Barnes, Trent and VanVleet.
They’ve gone away from that group more this year. A lot is availability related, but that’s a tough lineup on both ends. – 9:41 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
This is shaping up to be the best win of the season for the Celtics given the back-to-back/personnel /opponent – 9:39 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
This is the Celtics offense that’s been putting up historic numbers. This is ball movement, attacking, and trust that was missing recently. Great in-game bounceback against a tough defense – 9:39 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum with another good night 3 to put the #Celtics up 12 with 3:29 left. Impressive second half for BOS. TOR shooting 42 percent with just 5 FTAs in second half. – 9:38 PM
Payal Doshi @PayalDoshiTV
Well that shot by Tatum hurt. – 9:38 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Didn’t sound like Nurse was totally convinced the Raptors could stick with the C’s coming in and they’ve been overwhelmed in this second half. 57-39. – 9:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
If your team can ever get Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, I would do it. 10/10 stars. Highly recommend. – 9:38 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Had it to 9, blew a 3-on-1 break, give up a 3 at the other end
Raptors down 12, 3:29 left and we’re pretty much done here – 9:37 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Celtics good. – 9:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum consistently getting 10 or more rebounds should be talked about more.
#BoardManGetsPaid9:35 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Jaylen Brown is on a special tear. – 9:35 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics with two turnovers in the second half. #Raptors9:35 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
20 seconds sapped on the “slow your roll” play and then a 3-pointer. Celtics just messing with teams. pic.twitter.com/iNJLqUyezH9:34 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Brown has been so good tonight, but he drifted too far from FVV there. Got lucky that one didn’t go down. – 9:34 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Luke with the feathery touch 🪶 pic.twitter.com/c7VctWNMZf9:34 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
celtics have been killing time off the clock with that screener and roll the ball in the backcourt play all season and the raps didn’t seem ready for it there – 9:33 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
That was an elite time-saving inbounds play from the Celtics. Grant Williams set up as the offensive lineman. Smart let the ball roll. They were able to knock off a number of seconds from the game clock lol – 9:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
There’s walking the dog and then there is whatever Marcus Smart just did. That was a whole new level. – 9:32 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
🗣 GARYYYY FOR THREE – 9:31 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Joe Mazzulla is going to have a tough closing decision between Luke Kornet and Blake Griffin tonight. No, that’s not a joke. – 9:30 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics shooting 64/54/83 splits in the second half.
They’ve come from 10 down to lead 104-91 with 7:55 left.
Tatum: 28-10-3
Brown: 16-7-8
Smart: 18-3-5 – 9:30 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
18 for Marcus Smart as his 3 puts the #Celtics up 13 with 7:55 left. Solid floor game for Smart. – 9:28 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Two really strong Jaylen Brown games in a row. He’s making plays on both ends. – 9:27 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
I wish the #Celtics could get Derrick White more ball time sometimes. He dazzles on nights where Smart, Brogdon, etc. are out. – 9:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Derrick White just does stuff. Good stuff. All the time. – 9:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown triple-double watch:
14 points
7 rebounds
8 assists – 9:24 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Jaylen Brown has eight assists and no turnovers. He didn’t have a turnover yesterday either. – 9:24 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics are kind of out-Raptoring the Raptors. They’re getting on the offensive glass, creating turnovers and scoring in transition. Those are all things Toronto excels at. – 9:23 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Eight assists for Jaylen Brown. #Celtics #Raptors9:23 PM
Payal Doshi @PayalDoshiTV
Tatum put up 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter.
Let’s get to work, Toronto! – 9:22 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
#Celtics are 14-1 when they win the third quarter and they won it BIG in this one, 35-18. Jayson Tatums scored more than half of those points himself! – 9:21 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 91-80 after three
Tatum – 28/10/3
Smart – 15/3/5
Brown – 14/6/7
Griffin – 10/4
Celtics – 50.7% FGs
Celtics – 10-28 3Ps
Celtics – 10 TOs
Siakam – 26/4/3
Anunoby – 13 points
Trent – 12 points
Barnes – 10 points
Raptors – 45.3% FGs
Raptors – 6-20 3Ps
Raptors – 10 TOs – 9:21 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Boston outscored the Raptors 35-18 in that 3rd quarter to turn its deficit (once as large as 10 points) into an 11-point lead going into the 4th. Toronto was 8-for-22 in the Q and missed all 4 of its 3-point attempts. Tatum had 17 of his game-high 28 points. – 9:20 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
35-18 #Celtics 3Q. Came out of the locker room and blasted a #Raptors team that was giving them a ton of trouble. – 9:20 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Just a great third quarter from Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum. The Celtics didn’t have it in the first half, but turned it way up in the third. Now up 91-80 entering the fourth. – 9:19 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Raps down 11. Siakam drives and kicks to Boucher for a 3ball. Bucket waived off. Offensive foul (charge) on Pascal. Celtics call a timeout with only 9 seconds left in q3 — recognizing the potential importance of this possession. But they come up empty. On to q4. BOS up 91-80 – 9:19 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
That felt like every bit of a 35-18 quarter. Celtics up 91-80 after 3. Clinical. – 9:19 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Celtics hang a 35 point third quarter on the Raptors, they’re up 11 going into the fourth – 9:18 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
91-80 Celtics after 3Q. They go 4/8 from three in 3rd vs. 0/4 for Raptors. – 9:18 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Third quarter stats
Jayson Tatum: 17 points, 5 rebounds (6/9 FG, 3/4 FT)
Marcus Smart: 8 points, 4 assists (3/4 FG, 2/3 3pt) – 9:18 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
I thought Nick Nurse was challenging this charging call on Siakam with 9 sec left in 3Q. Instead it’s Mazzulla calling a timeout to set up the final offensive possession. His timeout patterns are mad unpredictable. #Celtics #Raptors9:16 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Marcus Smart’s presence has REALLY mattered in 2022. You felt his absence last night. – 9:16 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Very active hands for the Celtics in the third quarter. They picked their energy WAY up. – 9:16 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Rough one for VanVleet. His 2-for-11 shooting is less than ideal on a night in which the Raptors could really use his floor spacing, but mostly, he just hasn’t had a Fred-like impact on the game. Can really feel his frustration in this 3rd quarter especially. – 9:14 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
17 in the quarter for Tatum. – 9:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum works that slip screen for at least one or two baskets a game now. – 9:13 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors defence has regressed to NOLA, Brooklyn levels in this quarter – 9:13 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Human highlight reel 💪🏾😤 pic.twitter.com/IQvReQScC79:13 PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Oh man. Tatum hit a shot like that earlier this year from a horizontal position in mid-air and almost did it again. Free throws flowing as #Celtics move closer to the rim, an approach that changed this game along with their defensive pressure. – 9:12 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Sam Hauser, Siakam Stopper – 9:12 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics showing some championship DNA with their effort in this quarter. – 9:11 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
One of the better quarters of the year for Marcus Smart in a season that has had a lot of good quarters. – 9:11 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics have flipped the switch in the 3Q. #Raptors. – 9:10 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a putback by Tatum. – 9:10 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
i swear marcus smart would have better 3pt numbers than steph curry if he only played against the raptors – 9:09 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Smart and Tatum have absolutely taken over. – 9:09 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
That was an absolutely wild shot by Marcus Smart but it went in lol – 9:09 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
A very brief and very small MVP chant just broke out momentarily while Pascal Siakam shot his free throws there – 9:08 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum looks at home in some of these scrappier sequences. Was flying around everywhere early through some offensive struggles and just stuffed Barnes inside. – 9:08 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
This is not a Christian Koloko game, through no fault of his own. Raps need all the spacing they can get with Fred in this slump. – 9:08 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Really good minutes from Blake Griffin tonight. – 9:08 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
tatum just hit a tip your hat fadeaway three and then followed it up with ridiculous defence on the other end for a stop. big time. – 9:07 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
With that jumper Jayson Tatum is up to 10 points in the quarter with more than 5 minutes to go. He’s got 21 on the night. – 9:07 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum’s played all but 3 minutes of this game. Mazzulla definitely not a believer in the back-to-back, long season ahead, blah blah hocus pocus. – 9:07 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Blake Griffin is at 22 minutes so far, will be interesting to see how far Mazzulla pushes him tonight. 20-minute range has usually been his limit. #Celtics #Raptors9:06 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
13-4 Celtics run to take the lead. Another promising development? Jaylen Brown up to eight assists and zero turnovers over his last two games. – 9:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Raptors mics are loud, so you can really hear Smart calling out coverages and directing the defense. – 9:05 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Can’t keep the NBA’s best offensive team down for long. The Celtics are on a 17-5 run over the last 5 minutes to take a 4-point lead midway through the 3rd quarter. Timeout Raptors. Let’s see how they respond. – 9:05 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Pretty businesslike performance from the Celtics so far. Haven’t had their best stuff, but stayed close during the first half and now are starting to find a rhythm. – 9:04 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Raptors are determined to shut down the #Celtics at the 3pt line, they’ll have to win this one at the rim. – 9:03 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors showing a tendency to not guard the Celtic standing in the paint at the basket. Seems an odd scheme
Boston by 4, 6:35 left in the third – 9:03 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
VanVleet is so damn strong. – 9:03 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Celtics have been quicker to everything in the third so far.
6-point deficit flipped to a 4-point lead. – 9:03 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics in the bonus for the final 7:17 of 3Q. Lead by 2. #Raptors9:02 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
here come the celtics – 9:01 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Some pretty baseline finishes from Jayson Tatum tonight – 9:01 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Foul situation flipping into the second half. #Celtics finding access to the basket, and Jaylen remains one of the best weapons for fracturing big defensive presences. – 9:01 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
OG misses open 3, FVV misses open 3, FVV misses open pull-up 2, and we’re tied. GOTTA MAKE SHATS – 9:00 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen gets blocked on a drive and instead of sulking, gets back on defense and gets a deflection out of bounds. #Celtics #Raptors8:59 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
It sure would be nice if the Raptors’ quality shooters had the quality looks that came their way, but these things fluctuate! – 8:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Halftime fouls:
Boston – 12
Toronto – 8
Halftime free throws:
Boston – 6-for-9
Toronto – 14-for-20 – 8:45 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Raptors came in averaging 24.3 free throw attempts per game.
The good news: they got to the line 20 times in that first half, with 6 different players attempting free throws.
The bad news: they’ve missed 6 of those free throws. – 8:43 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Raptors lead 62-56 at the half
Tatum – 11/5/3
Griffin – 10 points
Brown – 8/3/6
Smart – 7 points
Celtics – 47.8% FGs
Celtics – 6-20 3Ps
Celtics – 9 TOs
Siakam – 17 points
Anunoby – 11 points
Barnes – 8 points
Trent – 8 points
Raptors – 50% FGs
Raptors – 6-16 3Ps
Raptors – 7 TOs – 8:40 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Best 2-way half the Raptors have played in a while. Collectively, Anunoby (who was a beast defensively), Siakam and Barnes did a solid job on Tatum/Brown, and Toronto held the Celtics (a 40% 3pt shooting team) to 6-20 from distance. Good stuff so far. Raps by 6. – 8:40 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Raptors lead 62-56 at half. Toronto was up 10 at one point during second Q. Siakam with 17 to lead Toronto. Tatum for 11 for Boston. – 8:40 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics give up a 37pt 2Q, a chunk from the FT line, trail #Raptors 62-56 at halftime. Tatum 11, Griffin 10, Brown 8, Smart 7; Siakam 17, Anunoby 11, Barnes 8.
FTA: BOS 9, TOR 20, – 8:39 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
A really good Raptors half; they lead Boston 62-56 at the break
17 for SIakam, 11 for Anunoby, whose defence has been top shelf – 8:38 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Raps lead 62-56 at the half. It feels like it could/should be more, but the Celtics find a way to hang around even when they’re playing a C-minus game. – 8:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Minutes are way too high in the first half for the Celtics starters. Especially on the second night of a back-to-back with a west coast swing looming. – 8:38 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
#Raptors make you dribble. There’s a randomness to their defense that creates indecision for this rapid-fire #Celtics passing attack. – 8:38 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Pretty resilient performance here by the C’s. They’re clearly frustrated and TOR is playing great, but they’re hanging around – 8:35 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Blake Griffin really thriving in this play once every two weeks schedule – 8:34 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Blake Griffin’s body allows 3 great dunks a year like it’s a cortisone injection – 8:34 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Blake Griffin is allowed 3 great dunks a year like it’s a cortisone injections – 8:33 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Blake Griffin putting Scottie Barnes in the blender like it’s 2012 … is not a good look for Scottie Barnes. – 8:33 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Blake Griffin can still fly a little every once in a while. – 8:33 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Blake with another throwback dunk. #Celtics #Raptors8:33 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Blake Griffin turned back the clock on that drive. Sheesh. – 8:32 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Blake Griffin with plenty of rest can look like Blake Griffin sometimes! – 8:32 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
With 1:35 left in Q1 the Celtics led 27-19…thanks to a 10-0 run.
Since then? Toronto has outscored Boston 35-18.
Raptors up 9 with 2:53 left in the 1st half. – 8:30 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics trailed by double-digits just twice in the last 16 games (coming back to win one of those vs. OKC), fell behind by 10 for a total of 22 seconds in this quarter.
53-45, Toronto late 2nd.
Boston leading the NBA in 3-point shooting (4-17 tonight), and FT shooting (3-6) – 8:30 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
This is a matchup I worry about leaning all the way into 3s for. Raptors have them covered, and make things uncomfortable with physicality. Celtics have typically settled into a good efficiency by the end of their tough shooting nights, but mix in turnovers & less room for error. – 8:28 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors by 8, 2:53 until halftime
As good as the Raptors have looked in quite some time – 8:28 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Raptors about to attempt their 12th FT of the 2Q, #Celtics are stuck in bonus hell right now. – 8:27 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
The confusion between Grant Williams and Marcus Smart on the Siakam dunk was pretty funny – 8:27 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
#Raptors are lighting them up – 8:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That was a foul on Grant Williams. But he’s also correct that Boston has gone to the rim a bunch without getting calls. That’s what Joe Mazzulla got the technical for. – 8:24 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Are all of the Celtics going to have their own signature 3-point distraction moves now? pic.twitter.com/9U97YEmR1r8:23 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Mazzulla tired of the one-way calls, gets a tech. #Celtics #Raptors8:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Another high turnover night for Boston. Up to 7 giveaways already. – 8:18 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum has been doing some work on the offensive glass lately. – 8:16 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum still shining even as he eases into this matchup – 8:16 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics are racking up fouls in this quarter. #Raptors8:16 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Marcus Smart’s hip contusion doesn’t seem to be bothering him too much. – 8:13 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Loud ovation in Toronto — many standing as well — as @Kaepernick7 is shown on the big screen (and introduced); sitting courtside for the Raptors and Celtics – 8:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Raptors have the personnel to play a lot faster than they do. They’ve got the guys to rip and run off the boards and should do it more. – 8:11 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
turnovers are going to happen, but Boston’s turnovers just trying to make a simple pass at the top of the key are the worst and so easily avoidable. They’ve done that way too much the last few games – 8:11 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Colin Kaepernick in the house at Scotiabank Arena and gets a nice ovation. #Celtics #Raptors pic.twitter.com/ly8uhU1g5M8:10 PM

Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Loud ovation in Toronto — many standing as well — as @Kaepernick7 is shown on the bog screen (and introduced); sitting Courtside for the Raptors and Celtics – 8:10 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
OG Anunoby has two pick-6s in the first half tonight, which seems like it must be a record. – 8:10 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
What a move by Hauser – 8:09 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
27-25 Boston over Raps after 1Q. Celtics started 1-of-7 from three then got three straight to open up a 27-19 lead. Raps respond with threes from Trent Jr. and Thad Young. – 8:08 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Sam Hauser being just 1-for-4 from three with two open misses was the surprise of the first quarter. – 8:08 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Colin Kaepernick receives a small standing ovation and lots of cheering from Raptors fans pic.twitter.com/iNZDmIxIML8:08 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
the 3 straight threes for the celtics could’ve been a major bummer after a solid first quarter effort but then you get a thad 3 and a gary banked 3 and it’s a 2pt game after 1Q. earned a bit of luck perhaps. – 8:08 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
8 celtics score, 7 assists on 11 baskets. Pretty good start vs. a tough defense. – 8:07 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 27-25 after one
Brown – 6 points
Griffin – 5 points
Celtics – 47.8% FGs
Celtics – 4-11 3Ps
Celtics – 7 assists on 11 FGs
Celtics – 4 TOs
Siakam – 6 points
Barnes – 5 points
VanVleet – 4/3/3
Raptors – 41.7% FGs
Raptors – 4-10 3Ps
Raptors – 3 TOs – 8:07 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Boston was an NBA-best +126 in 1st quarters coming into tonight. Toronto was -49 (23rd in the league). They didn’t do a great job of closing the Q, and Celtics missed some open 3s they usually knock down. Still, the Raptors can feel pretty good about being within 2 after 12 mins – 8:07 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics lead #Raptors 27-25 after 1Q. Brown 6, Griffin 5, Tatum 3; Siakam 6, VanVleet 4, Anunoby 4. – 8:06 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Celtics up 27-25 after a quarter. Fred VanVleet could use a few layups right now. – 8:06 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
JB ➡️ Luke ➡️ 🔨 pic.twitter.com/cMyeJ1TKDU8:05 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Boston up 27-25 after a pretty entertaining quarter – 8:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Raptors are going with two on the ball against Tatum in PnR. He’s going to have to be a facilitator a lot tonight if that continues. – 8:05 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Ton of dribbling by Tatum. – 8:04 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Celtics were trudging along and then in an instant: Grant 3, Tatum 3, Hauser 3. – 8:03 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Besides the usual O.G. stuff, Celtics respected Koloko’s rim presence when they got to the paint and the rotations after were pretty solid during his first shift. – 8:00 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors up 1 at second timeout. Given how great Boston’s been in first quarters and how not great the Raptors have been in first quarters, that’s got to be heartening – 7:59 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Both of these teams are shooting like the Raptors, which is good news for the Raptors. – 7:59 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Y’all are looking at the #1 player in the league for STEALS 😤 pic.twitter.com/NK87OuNhhy7:59 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
hearing how loud the mic levels are on the Toronto baskets makes me wish the Celtics signed Melo and told him just to crash the glass all night youtube.com/watch?v=z9nALx…7:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tough call on Thad Young there.
The ball does not lie. – 7:58 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Toronto is so tough to play. – 7:54 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Great to see @Dmarsh42 back in T.O. tonight…Courtside for the Raptors and Celtics – 7:53 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
The Boston Celtics are the best team and especially the best 1Q team in the NBA. So 12-12 midway through the 1Q is good news for the Raptors, who are one of the worst 1Q teams. – 7:52 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
12-12 at first timeout; Raptors have 3 turnovers in six minutes – 7:51 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart needs new shoelaces. – 7:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Lazy passes have been a plague on the Celtics for the last week or so. – 7:50 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
That’s the drive and dish from Tatum… That White 3 is a direct result of him drawing and kicking. Hockey assists are important too – 7:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It’s still weird that Blake Griffin is on the Celtics. Same with Danilo Gallinari.
I put those two in a million fake trades to Boston back in the day. – 7:47 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Tatum is reverting back to last season over the past few games. That baseline drive drew 2.. there’s a cutter down the middle. The play is to be a distributor there. – 7:47 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Blake Griffin going from jumping over dudes trying to draw charges to being the one drawing charges is a trip. – 7:45 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
#Celtics start SMALL here in Toronto. Blake Griffin is at center next to Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and Marcus Smart. – 7:42 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Giants of Africa Night 🏀 pic.twitter.com/BbcV1RKDpV7:42 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters tonight:
Blake Griffin
Grant Williams
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Raptors starters:
Christian Koloko
Pascal Siakam
OG Anunoby
Scottie Barnes
Fred VanVleet – 7:34 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Raptors go with the same starting lineup for third straight game: Koloko with the usual four. vs. Celtics. – 7:33 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Are the Lakers contenders? Trouble in Atlanta? And is there an NBA duo better than Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown? New #ThreePoints on @TheVolumeSports w/@RohanNadkarni and @Jeff Zillgitt youtube.com/watch?v=NqEKDj…7:17 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Starting 5️⃣
@DraftKings pic.twitter.com/Hm8sySibdK7:15 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Raptors – ScotiaBank Arena – December 5, 2022 – Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, G Williams, Griffin
Toronto – Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, OG Aunonby, Pascal Siakam, Christian Koloko
OUT: Boston: Brogdon, R. Williams, Gallinari Toronto: Achiuwa, Hernangomez pic.twitter.com/8jziMuWNdC7:14 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
And… we have a new starting lineup. Gary Trent Jr. is NOT starting. Christian Koloko is – 7:12 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Oops
And just like that, normal isn’t normal
Update from the Raptors and it’ll be
Fred VanVleet
Scottie Barnes
O.G. Anunoby
Pascal Siakam
Christian Koloko
They’re totally messing with DFS and I’m here for it – 7:09 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Gary Trent Jr. returns to the Raptors’ starting lineup vs Boston tonight. It’s the old crew: VanVleet, Trent, Barnes, Anunoby, Siakam. – 7:04 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
And just like that, normalcy, of a sorts
Raptors will start VanVleet, Trent, Anunoby, Barnes, Siakam vs the Bostons in a few minutes – 7:02 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Gary Trent Jr. back in the starting lineup against the smaller Celtics, along with VanVleet, Barnes, Anunoby and Siakam. – 7:02 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
And… Gary Trent Jr. is back in the starting lineup tonight with the other regulars – 7:02 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Tonight’s @LGCanada Starting Lineup pic.twitter.com/KCJT7FrOS57:02 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Sam Hauser joins us before tip-off in Toronto to discuss our hot shooting on the second night of back-to-backs. pic.twitter.com/eJtvH1Z2186:27 PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Back in Boston and wicked excited for this game. #Raptors are always intriguing. 7th in defense and 13th in offense. O.G. looks strong and they’re playing teams tight, but a 29th-ranked shooting efficiency isn’t going to bode well against Boston. Good night for Blake to start. – 6:26 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Nick Nurse on facing the NBA-best Celtics tonight: “For sure it’s a measuring game. I think we totally need to see where we are with these guys. They’re obviously the best team in the league right now in record and metrics… I think we need to see where we are.” – 6:11 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
No Brogdon tonight for Celtics, in addition to Horford being out. – 6:09 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Malcolm Brogdon is out tonight in TOR – 6:06 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Brogdon and Horford out
Smart back.
Spot-starter Blake Griffin at center again. – 6:05 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Malcolm Brogdon is out tonight – 6:05 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
No Hernangomez for the Raptors tonight, he joins the usual suspects on the unavailable list, Celtics will be minus Horford and Brogdon – 6:02 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Malcolm Brogdon is OUT tonight with. Non COVID illness. # Celtics #Raptors. – 6:00 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
“We need to see where we are against these guys” —- Nick Nurse on the idea that yes, playing vs. 19-5 Celtics is a measurement game for Raptors. pic.twitter.com/Gso7AnLaR55:57 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Juancho Hernangomez is out tonight. Nick Nurse doesn’t think it should keep him out long term – 5:56 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Juancho will not play tonight. Nurse says he house to get him back later in the week.
Mentions a sprain and a bit of a bone bruise – 5:56 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Juancho Hernangomez will not play tonight. Nothing too serious, Nurse says. It is a sprain and the hope is he’ll be back later this week – 5:56 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Juancho Hernangomez is not available to play tonight, Nurse is hopeful he’ll be back some time this week. – 5:56 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Nick Nurse said the Cs roster is really impressive. Started rattling them off in an exaggerated way. “They’ve got White, they’ve got Brogdon. Somebody traded them Horford back.” – 5:55 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Nick Nurse on playing against the No. 1 offence in Boston:
“They’re obviously really good at both ends… super individual talents.” – 5:47 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
For @BlakeMurphyODC‘s interest, Justin Champagnie, Jeff Dowtin Jr. and Ron Harper Jr. are available to play tonight after playing this morning for Raptors 905. – 5:36 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Jaylen Brown Carries Celtics vs Nets + Can Lakers Turn it around? | Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman Podcast Powered by @HireOnLinkedIn & @AthleticGreens twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…5:00 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Bringing some video content to Twitter today. How good has O.G. Anunoby been defensively this season? Turns out better than Marcus Smart was last year when he took home the DPOY award 😳 pic.twitter.com/lLBrtYcSre4:28 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were both nominated for East player of the week for the second straight time, which was won by Kevin Durant this week. This is Tatum’s 4th nomination in the first 7 weeks of the season, tied for a league high w/ Giannis, Steph, Fox & Mitchell. – 4:06 PM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
The Celtics are dominating on offense so far 🔥
Are they better than the squad that won the East last year? pic.twitter.com/vHGiyY3nvO3:57 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
NBA MVP odds: Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum the top 2 favorites sportando.basketball/en/nba-mvp-odd…3:51 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Allison Feaster, our VP of Player Development & Organizational Growth, has been named a 2023 @NCAA Silver Anniversary award recipient 👏🏽🏆
The award recognizes former student-athletes for their outstanding collegiate and professional achievements. pic.twitter.com/UeJE8CUB7s2:51 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
No changes on Raptors injury report. Juancho Hernangomez is doubtful with a sprained ankle. The Celtics will rest Al Horford on the second night of a back-to-back as they have all year. Malcolm Brogdon is questionable (illness). – 2:46 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
As NBA Week 8 begins:
– Teams 3-11 in the East all have between 9 and 13 losses
– Teams 3-13 in the West all have between 9 and 13 losses
Only teams with fewer than 9 losses: Celtics, Bucks, Suns, Pelicans – 2:21 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
ICYMI – Kevin Durant told me the #Celtics have put the perfect team around Jayson Tatum to compliment his skills, leading to his 22-23 leap.
“He’s stepped into a leadership role, just building his confidence every year.”
Notes from a fun night in BKN:
clnsmedia.com/kevin-durant-c…2:02 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
You may or may not have noticed, but @haywood24_7 played all 12 minutes of both 4th quarters in Boston last week 👀
How has Highsmith earned Coach Spo’s trust? @CoupNBA explains in his Notebook – 2:01 PM
Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
Check out some burning @Boston Celtics topics with me, @Steve Bulpett and @AdamMKaufman.
— Joe M, Coach of the Year?
— Would you even WANT Anthony Davis?
— And which one of us is a closet Muppets fanatic? (Hint: It ain’t Kaufman) …
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cou…1:45 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Celtics will be without Al Horford (lower back stiffness) in Toronto tonight. Malcolm Brogdon is listed as questionable due to illness. Marcus Smart, who missed last night’s game with a hip injury, is expected to play.
Raps are still without Achiuwa/Porter. Hernangomez doubtful. – 1:33 PM

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