The Boston Celtics have never played the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs.
And judging by the way Toronto manhandled the Celtics on Tuesday night, the Green Team might be better off keeping it that way.
In a game that was supposed to feature a fired up Celtics team, that kind of play fizzled out after the first quarter.
Because for the final three quarters, it was all Toronto all the time as the Raptors had no problem beating down the Celtics, 118-95.
Toronto trailed 34-30 early in the second quarter, and then went on an 18-0 run to take a comfortable lead that soon evolved into a crushing defeat by the Raptors.
☘️RAPTORS 118, CELTICS 95
It was a devastating loss for a Celtics team that needs every win it can get if it is to move up from its current fifth-place spot in the East.
The fact that the Toronto Raptors beat them isn’t all that surprsising. After all, the Raptors have been among the best teams in the East all season and their best player, Kawhi Leonard, did not play in the Raptors’ loss to Orlando and was clearly revived and refreshed for Tuesday’s matchup between two of the top teams in the East.
But where the Celtics fall in that upper echelon pecking order is indeed a mystery as they suffered a beatdown of the likes that we seldom see against Boston.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors which extended Boston’s losing streak to three in a row.
Pascal Siakam: The push for Pascal Siakam as the league’s Most Improved Player will only continue to grow after he delivered yet another strong showing on Tuesday night as he lit the Celtics up for a game-high 25 points to go with eight rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard: It was a short but highly efficient night for Kawhi Leonard who had 21 points in just 25 minutes on the floor along with grabbing six rebounds and four assists.
Marcus Morris: In what was a dreadful night for just about every Celtics player, Marcus Morris had one of the more respectable games offensively, scoring a team-high 17 points and six rebounds.
Boston’s defense: Just pitiful in every sense of the word. Lay-ups, open 3’s, dunks … you name an easy way to score and there was a good chance the Toronto Raptors did that against the Celtics.
Second quarter Celtics: Once again the Boston Celtics were at their worst in the second quarter as the Raptors went on an 18-0 run as part of a dominant 36-13 second quarter pummeling of the Celtics.
Boston 3-point shooting: The Celtics could not make shots from seemingly anywhere on the floor. They were particularly bad from 3-point range, connecting on just six of their 23 three-point shot attempts.
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