Toronto Raptors Cannot Figure Out Celtics, Fall to 12-14 on the Season
The Boston Celtics are just such a weird team.
Everytime the Toronto Raptors seem to encounter them, the level of play just turns so bizarre. Am I going crazy or am I just being a prisoner of the moment?
Anyways, Semi Ojeleye had himself a night. Yup, Semi Ojeleye.
The Celtics forward poured in a career-high 24 points, while rookie Payton Pritchard added 20 points to help lead the Celtics to a 120-106 victory over the Raptors who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Once again, the Raptors were without the services of OG Anunoby and yet were able to keep Jayson Tatum at bay – no pun intended – but still came up short on Thursday night.
”I really try to focus on the process on the shooting and not the result,” Ojeleye said. ”(They’re) able to impact the game whether they’re scoring or not. They took everybody with them.”
Solving the Celtics has become an ongoing issue, but moreover, the Raptors inconsistent defense has turned into a legitimate and glaring problem. The Raptors are approaching the bottom third of the league for defensive rating, a stat that could see some stabilization upon the return of Anunoby. Nevertheless, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse chooses to stay positive as his team continues to get healthy.
”I feel pretty good. Trending upward, playing really good basketball,” coach Nurse said. ”We weathered some storms and came back. . We’ve got a lot of room for improvement. We’ve got some time to get better.”
Next up for the Raptors are the Minnesota Timberwolves as Nurse’s squad will look to bounce back on Sunday.