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While the tragic events that took place at the Boston Marathon are still fresh in their minds, the Boston Celtics will try to shift their attention back to the court.
In its final tuneup before the playoffs, visiting Boston goes for a four-game season sweep of the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
The Celtics (41-39) will only play 81 games this season after Tuesday's matchup against Indiana was canceled in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Out of respect to all of the people who were affected by this, the families, we felt like it's just not circumstances we wanted to play under and felt it would be the best way for us as an organization to show our respects to all of the people who are impacted by this," team president Rich Gotham told the Celtics' official website.
"I just think it was more of an emotional decision to try to do what's right and respect the families and understand that people might not want to be out."
With Indiana and Boston locked into the Eastern Conference's No. 3 and 7 seeds, Tuesday's cancellation won't have any impact on the standings.
"It would have been very difficult," forward Shavlik Randolph said of going through with the game."Obviously, I don't think anyone's thinking about basketball at a time like this. It absolutely puts things in perspective. At this time you have to think about the people that were affected, the people that were hurt by that. That's what's important."
The Celtics, who figure to come out with heavy hearts Wednesday, have taken 20 of 24 matchups from the Raptors (33-48), including all three this season by an average of 15.3 points. It's unclear, though, how coach Doc Rivers plans to use Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with a first-round matchup against New York just around the corner. Both players have dealt with injuries over the last few weeks.
"It's a fine line between rest and health," Pierce said. "Right now we're as healthy as we're gonna be for the rest of the season. ... The most important thing is that we're ready for the playoffs."
One night after missing Friday's 109-101 loss at Miami, Garnett and Pierce returned Saturday as the Celtics posted their highest point total this season in a 120-88 rout at Orlando. Courtney Lee scored a season high-tying 20 to lead seven players in double figures for Boston, which shot 59.3 percent. Garnett added 14 on 7-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds in just 19 minutes while Pierce scored 12 to go along with eight assists and six boards.
The Raptors are coming off their fourth straight win and sixth in seven games, 113-96 at Atlanta on Tuesday. DeMar DeRozan continued his impressive play with 30 points and Rudy Gay scored 22 for Toronto, which shot 51.3 percent.
"We're playing freely. We're going out there and not thinking so much, playing with our abilities and instincts," DeRozan said. "We've got a lot of talent on this team. When we play like we played tonight, we're tough to beat."
DeRozan is averaging 23.9 points - 5.9 more than his season mark - on 55.0 percent shooting during Toronto's 6-1 run. He has, however, been limited to 13.3 per game on 38.5 percent shooting against Boston this season.
Toronto most recently won a season high-tying five straight Feb. 8-19. The Raptors haven't been swept by the Celtics since 2009-10.
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If it's worth anything: Kevin Garnett is standing as still as a statue in the middle of the practice floor, staring up at the banners.
— Greg Payne (@GregPayne_ESPN) April 16, 2013
The Celtics official twitter account relayed some comments from Celtics president Rich Gotham on the cancellation of tonight's game. In light of the events of yesterday, I think everyone can...
Before we get to the upcoming playoff series with the Knicks, let’s address the roster situation for the final two regular season games – Tuesday vs Indiana and Wednesday at Toronto. According to ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg:
* PIERCE (ILLNESS) SITS OUT: Celtics captain Paul Pierce is battling a stomach bug and was told to stay home from practice on Monday. He’s still expected...
An expected, but classy gesture. Win this one for Boston.
Celtics president Rich Gotham said they're working on commemorative patches. Would wear them Wednesday & in playoffs.
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 16, 2013
I expect all of the Boston teams to give gutsy, emotional performances when the playoffs kick off. And for this kind of tragedy to happen to a city...
With the playoffs quickly approaching and the Celtics seeding set in stone, there really is no reason to play their key guys other than get a rhythm going heading into the playoffs. That especially goes for the veterans.
The 35-year old Jason Terry for one missed the last game against Orlando. Apparently he could miss more than that with some "bothersome" legs.
In light of the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon today, the game scheduled to take place tomorrow night in Boston between the Celtics and Pacers has been cancelled.
RT @nbapr The April 16 game between the Pacers and Celtics at TD Garden has been canceled. The game will not be rescheduled.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 16, 2013
I'm not sure anyone would be...
Raptors 114, Celtics 90
In the wake of the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon on Monday, the Celtics had to find a way to compete in one final regular season game. With their playoff seeding pre-determined, and their players well-rested heading into the postseason, will they be able to harness the positive support surrounding the city in the aftermath...
9:18: At the half, the Raptors lead the Celtics, 59-49. They don't need to win this game, so I'm not upset about this deficit. But it'd still be better if they were ahead. Bradley and Pierce both have 11. Crawford has 7.
In a press release tonight, the Celtics announced that the NBA has canceled Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers:Out of respect to all those who have been impacted by the tragic events today in Boston, including members of the extended Celtics family, the Boston Celtics and the NBA have decided to cancel the game scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, between the Boston Celtics...
Yesterday, the unspeakable happened in Massachusetts when two explosives went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Whenever tragedy strikes, it impacts everyone and everything around it and helps in keeping thing in perspective. The Boston Celtics were […]
-Boston Celtics (41-39, 14-26 on the road) @ Toronto Raptors (33-48, 20-20 at home) Air Canada Centre, 8:00 pm on CSNNE/WEEI Officials: Ed Malloy, Tony Brown, Scott Twardowski Line: Toronto -5.5 (194) Get Tickets to Tonight’s Game at the Air Canada Centre The Celtics visit Toronto for the final regular season game of the year; just game #81 for Boston after Tuesday's home...
The Toronto Raptors hosted the Boston Celtics Wednesday night in what would be their final game of the season. It was the Celtics’ first game since the Boston Marathon tragedy that took place Monday, so in a classy move, the Raptors organization set up a touching series of events to pay tribute to all that were affected by the horrific bombings. First, both teams met at center...
Boston is a city almost without borders. People within 50 miles of the concrete monster we know as city hall can stake a rightful claim to being from Boston or “the Boston area.” And people from all over the world who root for our teams can feel a very special connection to the city.
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This was destined to feel a little strange. The Celtics took the court for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings not at TD Garden, but in Toronto, closing out the regular season with their 81st game in a matchup that meant nothing, against an opponent already greedily counting its draft lottery ping-pong balls.
Somehow, though, it felt even stranger than anticipated....
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One of my favorite Celtics/Knicks moments with a little re-written history
Via the Herald's Steve Bulpett:
Celts-Knicks Game 1 Saturday at 3... Rest of schedule later.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) April 18, 2013
League will announce rest of 1st round schedule after late games are over.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) April 18, 2013
Look for C's-NY to get prime...