Looking ahead to Boston’s second-round matchup

looking ahead to Boston's second round matchup

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.

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)


Reason to Worry?

The X-Factor for the Raptors: Pascal SiakamĀ 

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 gettingĀ the other team in the bonus early.

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