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2020 NBA playoffs: Celtics to play first ever series vs. Raptors

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Jayson Tatum plays against the 76ers in Game 4.
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The Boston Celtics' opponent for the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs is now official.

The C's will play the defending champion Toronto Raptors in the first ever postseason series between these teams.

The schedule for Celtics-Raptors has not yet been released.

Both teams swept their first-round series to advance to Round 2. Boston made quick work of a Philadelphia 76ers team without All-Star point guard Ben Simmons, while Toronto had little trouble eliminating a banged up Brooklyn Nets squad. The C's and Raptors both closed their Round 1 series with Game 4 wins Sunday.

The Celtics won three of four games versus the Raptors during the regular season. Boston's best performance in the Orlando bubble actually came against Toronto in its fifth seeding game. The C's dominated the Raptors in a 122-100 win on Aug. 7. Boston had seven players score in double digits that night, led by Jaylen Brown's 20 points.

This second-round series should go six or seven games. These are two pretty even teams that are both extremely well coached and play with a ton of effort/intensity at both ends of the floor.