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Game Notes: Raptors 75 – Celtics 76

* Before the game I had the chance to watch Ray Allen hoist up jumpers. I’ve spent time watching him shoot pre-game every time he has come to Toronto the past few seasons but this is the first time I was close enough to hear him talk with the coaches. I walked away from the court amazed that he can make ten consecutive shots and then curse under his breath in frustration when he misses one. Talk about intense.

* It was different seeing Jay Triano sitting courtside before the game scouting Boston. I’m used to seeing him in sweats working out with players or talking with the media before games. For what it’s worth, he spent a ton of time watching Rajon Rondo.

* Ed Davis continues to impress me. Why don’t more members of the media or fans recognize him as a core piece for this franchise moving forward? Personally, I think Davis, Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan are the three players the team should be building around. This afternoon Davis had a game-high 10 rebounds in only 21 minutes off the bench. He finished with a double-double as he went 5-7 from the field and scored 10 points.

* Jose Calderon picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of the game and spent the rest of the first quarter on the bench. He struggled to get into a groove the rest of the game and finished with six dimes but he went 2-8 from the field and only scored seven points. After the game I asked Calderon if his early foul trouble prevented him from getting in a groove this afternoon and he laughed and told me, “Don’t worry at all. It happens.”

* I’m convinced Bargnani will develop a nasty facial twitch by the end of the season if members of the media continue to hound him about his rebounding. This afternoon I attempted to ask him about his nine rebounds and he looked exasperated with the mere mention of the word.

* There were a couple of times in the first half where DeMar DeRozan seemed to rush thing which resulted in him picking up two turnovers. However, he was 4-8 from the field in the first half while the rest of the team went 9-30. He finished with 14 points but what impressed me the most was the fact he went 2-2 from beyond the arc. After the game I asked DeRozan if he is more comfortable shooting the ball beyond the arc now than he was last season and he told me he didn’t even realized he attempted two 3’s during the game. He told me all of the work he put in this summer has made him more comfortable shooting from long range.

* Toronto went on an 18-9 run to open the fourth quarter and they finished with a 24-15 advantage in the quarter. Granted, this impressive play happened with Garnett and Allen sitting on the bench for the majority of the quarter…

* Toronto had nine turnovers and only 13 made field goals in the first half. Things didn’t get much better in the second half as Toronto finished with 21 turnovers. While talking with the media following the game, Casey took the blame and the media he was, “happy with the heart and competitive spirit my guys played with.”

* Jamaal Magloire got the start but only played two minutes in the first half. He started the second half but only played three minutes in the third quarter. After the game Casey admitted that Magloire, Amir Johnson and Aaron Gray would get the starting nod based on the opponent.

Ryan McNeill
Ryan McNeill has appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.
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