Although the players decided to resume the playoffs in their meeting, there will be no NBA basketball on Thursday night which means Game one of the Celtics-Raptors second-round matchup will be postponed.
Following Milwaukee and Orlando’s decision to boycott Wednesday’s playoff game, the rest of the players decided it was best to take another day off to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot SEVEN times in the back by police in front of his children.
Looking ahead to Boston’s second-round matchup, here’s what we found…
We don’t know when the games will resume but when they do, Boston will be without Gordon Hayward due to an ankle injury. Toronto might be without star-point guard Kyle Lowry, who has no timetable for his return from a left ankle sprain.
Raptors star Kyle Lowry has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and status will be updated later.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 24, 2020
Head to Head
Based on the season series between the defending champs and the future champs, Boston took care of business beating Toronto three games to one. However, the only game played without Hayward was in the 113-97 loss back in December.
Oct. 25th W vs. TOR: 112 – 106
Dec. 25th W @ TOR: 118 – 102
Dec. 28th L vs. TOR: 113 – 97
Aug. 7th W vs. TOR: 122 – 100
One player to watch for in this series: Jaylen Brown
Brown led the game in scoring during three-of-the-four most recent matchup against the Raptors with twenty, thirty, and twenty-five points. Expect Jaylen to play at a high level offensively- the guy makes over half his shots against this team.
vs. Toronto: (4 Games) 35.3 mins, 23 ppg, 6.5 rpg (55.6% FG, 50% 3PT, 82.4% FT)
🏀 | Boston has just snapped an eight-game road losing streak in Toronto, beating the Raptors 118-102 on the back of 30 points on 10-13 shooting from young gun Jaylen Brown, including this gorgeous killer crossover… #NBAXmas
📹: @NBA pic.twitter.com/qwk69Rqaj8
— Herald Sun Sport (@heraldsunsport) December 25, 2019
Reason to Worry?
The X-Factor for the Raptors: Pascal Siakam
Siakam only scored eleven points against the Celtics in their last matchup but has the potential to be a problem at the free-throw line.
vs. BOS (2 games): 32 mins, 22 ppg, 5 rpg (43.2% FG, 50% 3PT, 100% FT)
Look if this were the 2019 NBA Playoffs and Kawhi Leonard was still on the team, traveling to Toronto and being the lower seed, then yes there’s ALOT to worry about. But with Fred Van Fleet, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka are the main offensive threats, I think we can be a little confident against the defending champs. No Hayward hurts but given the current play of Tatum, Brown, and a healthy Kemba Walker, makes me think this series won’t see game seven.
Watch out for the officiating in this series along with the adjustment that Brad Stevens has to make when his guys are sitting early on. Referees have not been kind to Celtic big-man Daniel Theis, nor All-Star wing Jayson Tatum on blowing the whistle and getting the other team in the bonus early.
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