Celtics Notes: Boston Hoping Win Over Raptors Serves As ‘Building Block’

Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe

"Kyrie did a great job in the fourth quarter knocking down shots", said Kawhi Leonard, who scored 31 points and had a season-high 15 rebounds for Toronto. The home team has won nine straight matchups. One aspect of his game that has dropped off considerably is his three-point shooting.

Irving entered one of those zones Friday night while facing off against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden. Toronto's OG Anunoby left the game in the third quarter with a sprained right wrist. Over their past three games, Chicago has turned the ball over 15 times in the final frame while getting outscored by 21 points.

He threw down a monster dunk off of an assist from Kyrie with 48 seconds to go to cut Toronto's lead to two.

"We'll see more growth throughout the season which I'm appreciative of".

"Oh man, [Irving] made some shots tonight where you're just like, 'Wow.' You catch yourself being a fan", said Gordon Hayward, who turned in a season-high 39 minutes, made the free throws that forced overtime, and played maybe his most complete game since returning from the ankle injury that cost him almost all of his 2017-18 season.

With the lack of wing depth, expect Delon Wright to take on a significant role in this game with not only his ability to defend multiple positions, but also the fact that the Bulls have been giving plenty of minutes to Ryan Arcidiacono, Shaquille Harrison, and Antonio Blakeney as a result of their own depleted roster. "It was a good confidence-builder". A Toronto run from about midway through the second quarter until halftime, put the Raptors down just two heading into the break. Hayward scored on a pass from Irving, then Irving rescued Tatum from a near-turnover and drive for the layup to give Boston a 113-109 lead.

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"Not too often during the regular season we get to have games like this", Irving said. "But you have to have the patience to understand that it's not going to just come, you've got to beat some great teams and build some continuity".

Jayson Tatum scored 21 points for the Celtics while shooting an efficient 8-of-13 from the floor, 2-of-4 from the 3-point line and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Toronto led by eight early in the fourth quarter and still had a 107-103 lead with 90 seconds left. "It's just man on man and you hope your guy can make the basket and we have a lot of faith in him that he can".

"We got stalled in the third quarter, but we wanted to be firing on the stretch". But Tatum wound up kicking him in the head as he came back down. The people had spoken, they wanted the ball in Jayson Tatum's hands, but even he, appears to be slumping out the gate, as do many National Basketball Association players in their sophomore campaign.

- Irving had a monster game, to the point where it even got LeBron James' attention.

Celtics: Host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

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