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Boston Celtics/Toronto Raptors: 11/4/07 - Game Preview

Raptors Notes

Starting 5

TJ Ford - I know TJ Ford is fast. And yet every time I catch a Raptors game his speed and ability to get to the basket catch me off guard. He also has 21 assists in two games.

Anthony Parker - I'm kind of in a hurry here so I am going to commit a blogging sin and make a statement without providing any evidence to back it up. Trust me on this one. Anthony Parker lit up the Celtics last year. Hopefully the improved Celtics defense will not let this happen again.

Chris Bosh - I love Chris Bosh's game. I do wonder if he'll match up against Garnett.

Jason Kapono - Flat out shooter who is looking to prove his year in Miami was not a fluke.

Andrea Bargnani - After two games Bargnani has seven three pointers. He's going to be a player.

Other players of note:

Jose Calderon - One of my favorite back up point guards in the league. If he gets time look for him to distribute the ball.

Jose Garbajosa - One of those glue guys. Unfortunately he has not played more than 7 minutes in a game yet, which makes me think his leg is not quite 100% after last season's horrific break.

Carlos Delfino - One of those guys that has been around for a while and still has to prove he has game.

Final Notes:

The Toronto Raptors have stuck to their United Nations approach and quietly sat back and watched all of the hype surrounding the Celtics, Knicks and Nets. And you know they want to repeat as division champs, make it beyond the first round of the playoffs and prove everyone wrong at the same time. To that end the Raptors have come out of the gates strong. They're 2-0 and one of those wins is an absolute pounding of the New Jersey Nets (106-69) in Jersey.

People seem to forget that Bosh missed 12 games last season and the Raptors struggled in his absence. Also Sam Mitchell is more secure as the head coach and the players are gaining experience together.

Celtics Notes

How will Doc Rivers work James Posey into the rotation?

Speaking of Doc. Will he continue to go with a small rotation?

Will Brian Scalabrine get twenty minutes or more?

Can Kendrick Perkins rebound for a big game? Keep in mind the Raptors do not have a strong physical presence. Sorry Rasho.

Will the Celtics make a statement against a division foe?