I feel like I was just writing about Raptors-Celtics a week ago. … Anyway, here we are again in another potentially great game ruined by injuries. Everyone is still hurt for the Celtics, and quite literally nobody is hurt for Toronto.
But what does it all mean? Here are notable trends and metrics to know for Celtics at Raptors tonight. — Mark Gallant
It’s Starting to Get Tense on Toronto
The Raptors are in the midst of a slump at, predictably, the abject worst possible time. This game has huge implications. A win moves their magic number for the 1-seed down to just one, and it clinches the tiebreaker over the Celtics. Boston is pitifully short-handed; This is basically a Summer League roster with Al Horford at this point.
But, man, tension does weird things to teams. The Celtics are playing with none of it. They’ve locked up a top-two seed; they’re not really losing anything. They’re not expected to win. The Raptors, on the other hand, are facing a late-season collapse that threatens to remind everyone of how every time spring rolls around, they fall apart like a cheap flan.