Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It's Gotta Be Rough Being A Toronto Sports Fan
What did I tell you? The Toronto Raptors are beyond pathetic, particularly when Andrea Bargnani doesn't play.
Tonight was the second game of a back-to-back for the Boston Celtics (11-10) but it didn't matter one bit as they embarrassed the Raptors (7-16) 100-64 at TD Garden.
The 36-point win was Boston's biggest margin of defeat since 2008. They also reached the 100-point plateau for the first time in six games and went over .500 (gulp) for the second time in 2011-12.
The most notable part of this one-sided outcome for me was JaJuan Johnson. The rookie forward from Purdue went 5 for 5 from the floor and set a new career-high with 11 points. E'Twaun Moore (his college and now Celtic teammate) has been a pleasant surprise already, he had eight points as well, but if the C's can get something out of Johnson, they're really onto something.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds. He's been outstanding the last few weeks, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him get Eastern Conference player of the month or something like that. Ray Allen had 12 points and Avery Bradley (who is starting to grow on me) posted 11 points.
Brandon Bass had 12 points off the bench and the best aspect of this game for Boston was that no starter played over 26 minutes. 12 of the 13 Celtics who played scored, only Chris Wilcox (0 points) was blanked.
Jerryd Bayless had 14 points off the bench for the Raptors and Ed Davis put up 10 points and 12 rebounds.
I'll put it this way: Toronto didn't score more than 19 points in any quarter. Can you say mailing it in?
The Celts play the Raptors twice more this season (both in Toronto), so you can add two more wins to their 2-0 record so far against Toronto.
Super Bowl 46 weekend officially kicks off (in my mind at least) on Friday night as the Celtics host the Knicks for the rematch of their Christmas Day thriller won by New York 106-104. Rajon Rondo could return and regardless (Celts are 6-2 without him), New York has been playing terrible lately so I expect a different result this time.