8 a.m. ET: OK, so the first part of this back-to-back didn’t go the way the Celtics planned. With Paul Pierce taking the night off, the Celtics “laid an egg” in Charlotte on Tuesday, in coach Doc Rivers’ words, dropping their second straight game and losing a bit more ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Now, after failing to take care of business against the league’s worst team record-wise, the Celtics (34-29) get a crack at another of the league’s bottom-feeders. The Raptors (25-39) have been tougher since acquiring Rudy Gay, but they are still a team the Celtics should beat. The Raptors are 8-8 since the January trade with Memphis, but they have lost five of their last six games and have no realistic shot at the playoffs. This should be a walkthrough for the Celtics — emphasis on “should be.”
Join us for updates and analysis from TD Garden during the game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET.