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Fake-Season Game #2: Where We Save Our Dinosaur Puns For The Games That Matter

Toronto Raptors (0‐1) at Boston Celtics (1‐0)
Preseason Game #: 2 of 2
Venue: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 7:30 PM EST, Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Line: Last of the pretend games.

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Oh, what can I possibly say about this game that hasn't already been said about mulligans, broken abacuses (abacusi?), or Kloe Kardashian? To put a pin on it, this game doesn't count.

That doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't matter, but as far as fake-season games go, this one is pretty meaningless. The Raptors, no matter how optimistic you are about Ed Davis and Amir Johnson, are not likely playoff participants this season, let alone possible contenders. The Celtics, in their single-minded thirst for further hand jewelery and opportunities to smoke expensive cigars from large moving amphibious vehicles, are unlikely to really notice the Raptors much this season.

So presumably, this pre-season game is much more about what the Celtics can learn about themselves than what the Celtics can learn about their venerable opponents.

Props to FLCeltsFan for the Starters and pretty pictures!

Probable Starters

PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Marquis Daniels
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Jermaine O'Neal

Celtics Reserves
Avery Bradley
Chris Wilcox
Brandon Bass
Keyon Dooling
E'twaun Moore
Greg Stiemsma
JaJuan Johnson
Gilbert Brown
Michael Sweetney
Sasha Pavlovic
Jamaal Sampson

Paul Pierce (heel) day to day
Sasha Pavlovic (wrist) day to day

Probable Starters

PG: Jose Calderon
SG: DeMar DeRozan
SF: James Johnson
PF: Andrea Bargnani
C: Jamaal Magloire

Raptors Reserves

Solomon Alabi
Jerryd Bayless
Rasual Butler
Anthony Carter
Ed Davis
Gary Forbes
Aaron Gray
Amir Johnson
Linas Kleiza


Things To Watch For

1) Injuries: Don't want them, don't need them. Frankly, with the age and professionalism of Pierce, Allen, and Garnett, I'd be much happier if they were locked in a padded room with an exercise bike for the duration of the pre-season. Pierce however, seems like he might not play again tonight, so who knows?

2) The Young And The Benchless: There was no legitimate summer league this year, at least like there usually is. The young'ins have had relatively little run as a team in a practice situation, let alone in a real-game situation. Tonight will be Doc's last chance to gauge the youngsters in 'NBA-Difficulty' game situations. He gave them a good run in the first preseason game, but Doc obviously put a bigger priority on giving burn to the guys he knows will be heavy contributors during the season than he did on giving the rookies and Avery Bradley (rookie-Lite) time.

Tonight, let's hope that the starters don't go beyond 21-24 minutes, and hopefully JaJuan Johnson gets more than the 7 minutes he got last time. Come on, J-Cubed.

Also, I would like to submit now and into eternity that Brandon Bass be referred to as 'Super Bass-O-Matic'. I will accept no other nicknames as viable.

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