This game could have been wicked good, perhaps an Eastern Conference Finals preview, but no. Boston’s MVP candidate just had to have a knee injury …

 

I suppose it could still be an ECF preview, but for now the Celtics need to dig deep and keep eking out gritty wins. Here’s what you need to know for Raptors at Celtics. — Mark Gallant

1. The Short-handed Celtics Could Struggle Against Toronto’s Depth

Watch The Weakside: C.J. Miles went for 20 last time out between these two teams, and it was mostly due to very good weakside defenders for Boston surprisingly falling completely asleep. Jaylen Brown, Semi Ojeleye, Terry Rozier — everyone fell asleep, with some thanks to the off-ball screens of the Raptors’ second unit. Boston did something uncharacteristic in that game and overloaded to try and stop the pick-and-roll, and that opened up all sorts of opportunities. Boston must be sharper or they’ll get caught.

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