The Raptors lost their series to the Celtics last season 3-1 and are set to play another four games against them this season, including the regular season opener at the Air Canada Centre. As Boston offloaded much of their star talent in the offseason, Dwayne Casey‘s team will be looking to take full advantage.
Boston traded veterans Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, which all but sealed a rebuilding phase for the team. These developments have left the playoff door wide open for a collection of teams near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
One of those teams includes the Raptors, and after a strong finish to last season and a number of key additions in the offseason, Canada’s team finds themselves right in the hunt.
At the team’s Media Day last week, the players remained focused on the playoffs, despite off court announcements that the city will host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, with rapper Drake being appointed as an ambassador for the event.
Both teams will look to get their preseason campaigns off to a strong start with a range of players receiving plenty of minutes. For the Raptors, all eyes will be on Rudy Gay, who had offseason laser-eye surgery. For Boston, Rajon Rondo is expected to get a run out, although his numbers are not important. The Celtics will just be happy for Rondo to get through the game unscathed.