Toronto Raptors Crash Back Down to Earth Against Boston Celtics
The Toronto Raptors suffered their first defeat in the NBA Bubble at the hands of the Boston Celtics Friday night. A balanced attack led by Jaylen Brown (20 points), and Jayson Tatum (18 points) helped the Celtics cruise to the 122-100 victory. Fred VanVleet, who has played particularly well in the Orlando Bubble shot 4/14 on his way to 13 points.
The Raptors struggled to execute in the half-court, with many wide open shots missing the mark early on. The Celtics similarly struggled out the gate. They were able to turn up the heat in the 2nd half, scoring 39 points in the third quarter, at one point going on a 31-13 run.
Toronto’s half-court offence has been the biggest question mark for the team heading into the postseason, and the Celtics utilized a gameplan to contain the Raptors mainly by helping off of Marc Gasol. Boston Centre Daniel Theis was able to provide help defence along the wing, and was able to disrupt the rhythms of Toronto’s perimeter players.
Shots were also just not falling for the Raptors on this night. Toronto shot an abysmal 26% from deep, with a bevy of those attempts coming off of great ball movement creating the open looks.
With this loss, the Raptors move to 3-1 on the restart schedule, and look forward to Sunday and Monday’s back-to-back against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks.