Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics Game 1 Report Card

Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors managed to squeak by the Boston Celtics 93-87 in their season opener on Wednesday night. Rudy Gay led the way for the Raptors with 19 points on the night, while fellow starters Amir Johnson and DeMar Derozan each had 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 10  points and eight assists, and Jonas Valanciunas snagged 11 rebounds to go with  eight points.

For the Celtic’s Jeff Green had 26 points to lead all scorers, while Brandon Bass added  17. The Celtics were playing without Rajon Rondo (injury) and Jared Sullinger (suspension) for the game.

The Good

  • The Raptors were all over the offensive glass as they managed to haul in 19 offensive rebounds, against just 7 for the Celtics. This led to a 28-12 advantage in second chance points for the Raptors.
  • Amir Johnson was his usual efficient self, scoring his 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting. He was the Raptors best player in terms of +/- at a +10
  • The Raptors won the game, so that’s something right?

The Bad

  • The Raptors were abysmal from the charity stripe, going just 12-of-23 from the free throw line (52.2%)
  • Lasik eye surgery be damned, Rudy Gay was his usual inefficient self. He scored his 19 points on 8-for-18 shooting, and was the only Raptors starter with a negative +/- for the game at -1.
  • If Rudy Gay can be inefficient I can too said Demar Derozan. He managed his 13 points on 6-for-19 shooting, and he missed his only two free throw attempts

Topics: Toronto Raptors

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