< Back to front page Text size +

Game 32: Celtics (24-7) at Raptors (11-21)

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  January 2, 2011 01:47 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Davis raptors.JPG

Glen Davis struggled in his first start of the year, missing 10 of his 14 shots, but he'll be one of the keys tonight as the Celtics try to smother the Raptors in Toronto


Tip-off: 6 p.m.

Records: Celtics (24-7), Raptors (11-21)

Broadcast info: CSN, WEEI

Probable starters:

Celtics:
PG: Nate Robinson
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Glen Davis
C: Shaquille O'Neal

Raptors:
PG: Jose Calderon
SG: DeMar DeRozan
SF: Amir Johnson
PF: Linas Kleiza
C: Joey Dorsey

Storylines:

Rondo doubtful: He’s been saying for a while that he could play, and he’s eyeing a return sometime this week, but it’s doubtful that Doc Rivers will try to play Rajon Rondo today. On Friday, Rondo tested out the left ankle he sprained two weeks ago in New York, playing 1-on-1 with Tyronn Lue, but said he couldn’t make some of the moves he normally makes. After the Celtics’ loss to the Hornets that night, he iced the ankle down.

Davis a key piece: Nobody knows how important he is to the Celtics’ success without Kevin Garnett (strained calf) than Glen Davis. He’s stepped into Garnett’s shoes before and hit big shots, but the Celtics need him to use his entire skill set. “He could be a triple-double guy,” Ray Allen said. He wasn’t in any way kidding. He meant that Davis has a knack for grabbing boards and creating second-chance points, and he can find the open man.

Robinson grinding it out: So, “Grinding it out” is becoming the Celtics’ “Cowboy Up”, but the past week has been that kind of week for Nate Robinson, who was playing sick enough to vomit on the floor in Indiana and then butted heads with Mike Dunleavy, leaving him with six stitches over his left eye. Normally a fireball on the floor, he looked visibly gassed chasing around Chris Paul Friday night. He’s playing minutes like he hasn’t seen before and until Rondo returns, nothing will change.

News, analysis and commentary from the following Boston Globe and Boston.com writers:

NBA video

archives

browse this blog

by category