TORONTO — The Celtics begin the Brad Stevens era with a game against the upstart Raptors, who will be looking to get their season off to a positive start. The Raptors have high hopes with new general manager Masai Ujiri and returning coach Dwane Casey, who may be coaching for his job this season.
As for Stevens, he has trying to implement a new system with new players in a transition year, so the early going could be difficult to watch for Celtics fans.
BOSTON CELTICS (0-0)
PG Avery Bradley
SG Jeff Green
SF Gerald Wallace
PF Brandon Bass
C Vitor Faverani
Inactives: Rajon Rondo
TORONTO RAPTORS (0-0)
PG Kyle Lowry
SG DeMar DeRozan
SF Rudy Gay
PF Amir Johnson
C Jonas Valanciunas
Inactives: Quincy Acy, Aaron Gray
Officials: Tony Brothers, Steve Anderson, Leroy Richardson
TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, (WBZ FM, 98.5).
• Faverani will receive his first NBA start after playing eight season overseas, impressing Stevens in the preseason. Jeff Green, who started at shooting guard the second half of last season along with Paul Pierce at small forward, returns to that position.
• Stevens said if Jared Sullinger (suspension) had been active, he might have considered starting rookie Kelly Olynyk, who will play his first NBA regular season game in his home country. Sullinger will be eligible to return Friday against Milwaukee.
• The Celtics return home early Thursday, play Milwaukee on Friday and then hit the road for a two-game road trip at Detroit and Memphis beginning Sunday.