Welcome to the Garden, where the Boston Celtics (20-49) will take on the Toronto Raptors (38-31) at 7:30 p.m.
The results of Boston’s 13 remaining games aren’t going to mean much for a team that will soon be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but tonight’s opponent offers a good case study for Celtics fans.
Toronto has gone from a team that started last season 1-15 to a team that has a 6 ½ game lead in the Atlantic Division as of tonight. They’ve got a young big (Chris Bosh) man who is a superstar in the making. They’ve got a speedy point guard (T.J. Ford) who is getting used to running the show. Sound familiar Celtics fans?
What Toronto does have that Boston lacks, however, is plenty of experience, as Peter may pointed out in a terrific story Sunday.
Jorge Garbajosa, Anthony Parker, Jose Calderon, and Rasho Nesterovic are veteran European players who have shined next to Toronto’s young stars. Injuries to Paul Pierce, Wally Szczerbiak, and Theo Ratliff have left the Celtics bereft of veterans to lean on when the young guns need some guidance.
We’ll have updates and comments from the players when the locker rooms open in a few minutes.