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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 8:45 am  |  33 responses

Post Up: Raptor’s Delight

Turns out the Celtics don’t even need Ro—oh, wait.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Toronto 102, Boston 101

Playing without Rajon Rondo (hamstring), the Celtics were snuck up on by a young and hungry Raptors team. Andrea Bargnani scored 29, Money Weems dropped 16 and a few huge throwdowns, and Amir Johnson went for 17 and 11 and put in a pair of late free throws that gave Toronto the lead and the victory. Paul Pierce had a chance to win it with a buzzer beater, but his mid-range fade-away attempt clanked out. The C’s have now lost two in a row, so maybe we should panic—and I’m sure many around these Internets already are—but let’s not forget that Boston’s built for the Playoffs. A couple of great wins against the Heat haven’t changed that, and some regular season miscues are inevitable.

New Orleans 75, Sacramento 71

These two shot a combined 36.8 percent, which pretty much sums it up. The Hornets hung on at the end—Trevor Ariza hit a late three that put them ahead for good—and Chris Paul contributed a resourceful 9-point, 14-assist, 7-rebound, 5-steal stat line. CP3 shot only 2-12, which speaks both to Luther Head and Tyreke Evans‘ strong defense and to the game as a whole. NO newcomers Jarrett JackDavid Andersen and Marcus Banks didn’t suit up, but will do so tonight against the Clippers.

Detroit 115, Washington 110

A quick list of interesting tidbits from this contest:

JaVale McGee scored 20 and grabbed 16 boards.

—With John Wall out, Gilbert Arenas stepped up, putting in 19 and dishing 16 dimes. Sixteen!

Richard Hamilton scored 27, including his squad’s first 12 in overtime.

Kinda weird, no? And here I was thinking Rip was on his way out and the Pistons were falling apart. It might still be true, but let’s put that talk on hold for a minute or two. The Wiz shot great (53.9 percent), but couldn’t keep up in extra time before taking the L. Charlie Villanueva (25 points, 11 rebounds) hit a lay-up late in the fourth to send the game to OT, and Hamilton pretty much took it from there. Detroit’s now 5-8 and is in Dallas tomorrow night.

L.A. Lakers 117, Golden State 89

The Lakers are  lot better than the Warriors. So, this happened. Playing without David Lee (still out with a Wilson Chandler tooth in his forearm), GSW went down early (37-21 after one) and was never able to get back. Pau Gasol had 28 and 9, but more importantly, shot 10-10 from the field and 8-8 from the line. That’s efficiency, folks. Kobe dropped 20, and played only 27 minutes, though it’s really all that was necessary—any more might’ve been uncivilized. L.A. is now 12-2 and hosts Chicago tomorrow night.

Performance of the Night: Gilbert Arenas: 19 points (9-18 from field), 16 assists, 4 rebounds.
Moment of the Night:
Amir Johnson steps to the plate:

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  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    I think Pau Gasol deserves the performance of the night, not Gilbert. His stats were something that’s only been accomplished before by only two other players in NBA history (Matt Barnes and Sir Charles).

  • Morgan

    cosign Zabba…wheres the love for the Spaniard?

  • arthur

    Nice headline

  • Mike from Spain

    Yo! where’s the love for the Spaniard? :)

  • Pharoah

    Youth movement of Raptors in full effect and agree on Gasol ^

  • riggs

    that raptors win was BS, a couple of no calls in TO’s favor got them to come back up.

  • burnt_chicken

    riggs: Any loss can be blamed on refs. Conversely, any victory can be claimed fairly.

  • burnt_chicken

    …apologies to Tim Tim Donaghy

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    is it just me or is this veteran Celtics squad consistantly playing down to their opponents this year. Cleveland, undermanned OKC, Toronto…

  • JTaylor21

    Where are all the celtic fans that were taking ish about the heat? You guys have now lost to two juggernauts; the raps and cavs. I would talk sh*t about the celts but I know that losses this early in a season means squat. Just know that by the time the playoffs come around both teams will be more than ready. Also PGasol again proved to me why he’s LA’s most improtant player even though laker flunkies ignores his worth to their fav squad.

  • vtrobot

    i really hate b*tching about the refs, but i just have to comment on two no-calls. towards the end of the game. shaq drives to the hoop and scores and andre clearly hits him in the head and the arm as he scores, but no call (then he immediately fouls out for hardly anything). a little later, ray is bringing the ball up and his man hits him on the arm (clearly no contact with the ball) and the raps “steal” it. both times a referee had as clear of a look at the plays as a human being could have. it’s not like this is game 7 in the playoffs, but what’s the point of rules if so much of it just comes down to what the ref feels like calling? it’s all superstar calls and vendettas against certain players and unnecessary T’s and “making up” for earlier f*cked up block/charge calls. many of these come down to 1 or so point games. EACH ONE OF YOUR SH*TTY CALL/NO-CALLS MATTER. as a fan of the sport, it’s very frustrating to watch.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Celtics have only won one more game than the Heat. Just saying.

  • Elvis Freshly

    But two of them came from the heat…

    done.

  • http://www.iowsports.com/ Blue

    Gil dished 16 assists?! His teammates must have had a rim on their jerseys!

  • matt

    vtrobot – please, how many calls are in favour of boston when in boston or LAL in LA. also, boston could’ve easily won by hitting more free throws. shaq was 4/4

  • http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/author/hollymackenzie/ Ghost

    The hate that was coming from the Celtic fans after that game was amazing. Nice job young Raptors ;)

  • BostonCritic

    Boston Sucks with out Rondo. Just not the same team. Those old guys and Perk, Delonte, Nate and Big Baby just have to work so much harder to score. It’s like night and day when he’s not there.

    Their defensive pressure is not the same either, cause then the other starters have to play more team defense, when Rondo usually cuts it off or delays it from up top.

    Yeah. They got that bad Pierce call with Amir Johnson, etc., and they still should of won the game. I agree. But with out Rondo, this Celtic team is at best a first round exit in the playoffs.

    They better hope he only misses a few games, or all his critics will see how really valuable he is to this team, and the real deal.

    4 Old Men And a Baby!!

  • http://pointingnofingers.wordpress.com/ twinparadox

    I know how much I miss Rondo…now the Celtics know how much THEY miss Rondo…
    PAU POW…

  • http://sdfjlkf.com Jukai

    How did David Lee go through TWO F’ING SURGERIES? Apparently Chandler’s arm has more bacteria than a komodo dragon.

  • andreanglais

    It’s Chandlers Teeth – David’s arm.
    And ya, Chandler’s an unclean sob

  • vtrobot

    @ matt: i hate the horrible calls that go in the C’s favor too and i call them out on these boards. with the technological advancements in the last 10+ years, the skills of your average referee/umpire/etc. have been left in the dust and their mistakes are very often exposed. it’s frustrating. peace.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Kudos for the headline. Raptor’s Delight. Simple but great.

  • Michael

    Lakers are by far the deepest and best team this season. These east teams just cant compete.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    That kings/hornets game was great. Fantastic defense by the kings. Chris paul could not score. Dalembert played great. David west pretty much won the game with a few big buckets down the stretch. I dont understand why westphal didnt put tyreke back in til 4.30 mins left. Just doesnt make any sense.

  • ClydeSays

    Boston didn’t show up to play plain & simple. Nate did, but uh, he forgot to make any plays or defend. Can’t blame that loss on the refs.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Whine some more Celtics fans. You all think you’re better than Lakers fans but you’re really not. Bad calls happen, deal with it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clyde

    Gooooo Gilbert!. Pau’s stats were ridiculous though, be afraid of the Lakers.

  • 80

    @Jukai hahaha komodo dragon a good one, I remember when husband of Sharon Stone lost some toes on his foot due to infection cuz he entered komodo cage without any footwear, I was so scared to approach any of those disgusting lizards when i was in Bali, they aint pretty, but thats exactly what happened to Lee. Being bit by a Komodo Chandler :P

  • tRay

    Be afraid of LA…and their easy a$$ schedule.

  • http://jayemmbee23.tumblr.com Clutch Performer

    the Cs woulda won if rondo was there plain and simple
    raps took advantage , but the no calls now you know what its like to be a raptor fan when they play a higher market team, every time we play LA, Cs or Lebron that matter too many bogus calls
    and that Miami Heat Comparrison
    umm Memphis Grizzlies wanna have a word with you.
    talk about playing down to the competition

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Hilarious game in Miami!
    Down 17 with under a minute left, and 80% of the fans having fled the building already, I see all of Miami’s starters still in the game!
    I wonder, what’s going on?!
    Then I realize Bosh has 19 and 10, and sure enough with 2 seconds left, he makes a hard cut to the basket (uncontested), gets a pass from LeBron, and finishes STRONG!
    There’s that 20 and 10 night for Chris! And an assist to LBJ! hahaha, i love it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Every time I hype myself up for a Warriors/Lakers game, I am disappointed.

  • wassup

    i watched the raps celtics game and it wasn’t like the bad calls were only against boston… there was plenty of bad calls against toronto to

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