Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics

By: Veronica Harris

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

“They’re always after me lucky charms”

   - Boston Celtics, February 2018

 Welcome to Toronto! We have Irving, we have Tatum, we have Horford, we have Baynes and we have Brown - who all maybe should have pressed their four-leaf clovers a little harder to win against these Toronto Raptors.

 Tonight’s game was not only big for the Eastern Conference, but was also a big game for the league. The second place Raptors took on the first place Celtics. The Raptors snapped the Celtic’s four game win streak and picked up a three game win streak for themselves - winning Sunday vs the Memphis Grizzles, 101-86.

 (Jump Ball)

 Let’s give it up for Pascal Siakam - I’m pretty sure all six of his points were dunks! The Raptors bench is really stepping up and showing that they are just as reliable as the starting five. If this is an insight on what the Playoffs look like for Toronto, I cannot wait for post season. It’s going to be fun! Bench points were 17-4 for the Raptors as Pascal Siakam throws down a mean alley-oop to get the crowd going in the 2nd quarter - contributing to a 13-0 run with four minutes left to play. I’m pretty sure I felt the vibration of the rim through my TV. It makes you wonder where Uncle Drew is!?

  58-37 at the half for the Raptors.

 Kyrie Irving returns to bless us with his presence to start the 3rd as he tries to break what momentum the Raptors have going on in the first half. Although it was a slow start for both teams, we’ve seen Boston come from behind so many times this season that you shouldn’t count them out until the dying minutes before the final buzzer. A part of the reason why the Raptors had such a big win on the Celtics in tonight’s game was their remarkable defense. It forced Kyrie Irving to take tough shots - he finished with 17pts and 3ast which means that the Raptors defense was working. 

 The Raptors lead by 27 - the largest lead of the game mid-way through the 3rd

  Kyle Lowry had yet another amazing game and is letting the whole arena know that Philadelphia isn’t only good at Football. The city of brotherly love can ball too! He finishes the game with 23pts, 8reb, 4ast & 2stls - playing 25 minutes.

 Thursday night at 7:30pm, The Raptors welcome the New York Knicks to the Air Canada Centre. Kristaps “The Unicorn” Porzingis sits out on this one due to tearing his ACL Tuesday night against the Bucks. It will be interesting to see if the Raptors can make it a four game winning streak.

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 Raptors 111-91 Boston