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Game 16: Celtics (11-4) at Raptors (6-9)

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  November 26, 2010 04:48 PM

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Starters
Raptors
PG Jose Calderon
SG DeMar DeRozan
SF Sonny Weems
PF Reggie Evans
C Andrea Bargnani

Celtics
PG Robinson (Rondo: Game time decision)
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PF Kevin Garnett
C SHaquille O'Neal

Deja vu:It's only been five days since the Raptors popped up on the regular-season radar. Toronto doused the Celtics with 38 points in the second quarter -- at that point Doc Rivers said, no team deserves to win -- and even though the Celtics went on a 17-1 run to take the lead in the fourth quarter, they fell asleep at the wheel and let the Raptors win in the final three minutes. The loss gave the Celtics bitter-beer faces for the next 24 hours when they took it all out on the Hawks in a 99-76 win.

Rondo a game-time decision:

Rajon Rondo is still considered a "gametime decision" for tonight vs. Toronto.less than a minute ago via Tweetie for Mac

Being as cautious as possible with his strained left hamstring, the Celtics have sat Rajon Rondo the past three games and he's a game-time decision tonight. Already dealing with injuries (Jermaine O'Neal hasn't played since Nov. 8 in Dallas), the point guard position is now paper-thin with Rondo's hamstring and also with Delonte West breaking his right wrist Wednesday night against the Nets. With the team in a pinch, Nate Robinson has been solid (10.8 points, 3.8 assists), but Doc Rivers will have to consider all options at the point whether it's more of Marquis Daniels or even throwing Avery Bradley into the mix. Celtics president Danny Ainge said he has no intentions of signing a player in response to West's injury.

Age-old performance: Shaquille O'Neal dropped 25-and-11 on the Nets two nights ago his highest scoring total of the season and his second straight double-double. Truehoop offered this nice little nugget: "At age 38, he is the oldest Celtic to have a 25-10 game since 40-year-old Robert Parish in 1994."

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