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Celtics Sneak By Raptors

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In their second straight down-to-the-wire game, the Boston Celtics inched past the Toronto Raptors, 91-87.

A slew of bench players contributed down the stretch to help Boston overcome a stubborn group of Raptors. Stephane Lasme threw down a highlight-worthy dunk with 2:50 remaining, putting Boston up 85-84. Nate Robinson added a three-pointer (with the help of a kind bounce off the rim) with 2:23 to play, making it 88-84, Boston. Von Wafer added three free throws over the final 1:23 and Delonte West rejected a Jarrett Jack jump shot with 45 ticks left, securing the victory for the Celtics, who move to 3-0 in preseason action.

Other Thoughts

  • The 15th roster spot still appears to be up for grabs, and it's worth noting that Lasme and Wafer found the court tonight while Mario West remained on the bench.
  • Lasme (two points, one rebound, one assist) played the final 9:34 of the fourth quarter (the first of the 15th spot hopefuls to check in), while Wafer (three points) played the final 4:11.
  • The bench closed out the game for a second straight time, allowing the likes of West, Robinson, and Semih Erden to play out some late game scenarios with each other.
  • Shaquille O'Neal started at center once again, but Jermaine O'Neal saw his first action off the bench, playing eight minutes while grabbing two rebounds and blocking three shots. Two of his more impressive blocks came against Amir Johnson late in the first quarter. On both occasions he rotated over to provide help defense and swatted away Johnson's shot attempts emphatically.
  • Shaq looked crisp once again as he registered perhaps his most productive game of the preseason: 11 points (4-6 shooting), five rebounds, and two blocks. He worked well with Rajon Rondo, who really emphasized the lob pass tonight. Shaq converted two lob passes from Rondo, and another from Ray Allen. The second of Rondo's was a high arching underhand pass that Shaq caught in mid-air and threw down, proving he still has some hops in those old legs of his.
  • All of Rondo's eight points came on jump shots at least 14 feet away from the rim. He added seven assists for good measure.
  • Marquis Daniels put forth a strong effort for the second straight night: 11 points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. He scored nine of Boston's first 11 points of the fourth quarter. He worked well with Semih Erden tonight, as Erden fed him two slick passes while he was cutting to the basket.
  • Luke Harangody struggled from the field once again, missing all three of his attempts at the basket. His 0-3 night brings his preseason shooting percentage to a mere 15.3 percent (2-13). On the plus side, he did pull down five rebounds. As a team, the Celtics grabbed 41 rebounds to the Raptors' 35.
  • One glaring weakness for the Celtics tonight: 22 turnovers. Rondo accounted for five of them, while Erden committed four of his own.