Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics Preseason Game Two Teams Headed in Opposite Directions

By daniellevitt
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors take on the Boston Celtics for the second time this preseason on Wednesday night. Toronto won the first encounter 97-89 last week at the TD Garden in Boston.

The Raptors (3-1) have started well with wins over the Celtics, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves thus far.

Despite strong performances from Tyler Hansbrough, Rudy Gay and Demar DeRozan, the team’s record has been marred by their turnover rate.

In the four games so far, the Raptors have had three 20+ turnover games with the team turning the ball over 26 times in their most recent game against the Timberwolves.

After the game on Saturday night, head coach Dwane Casey said, “We’ve got to take care of the basketball. We gave up 17 offensive rebounds. That’s way too many.”

For the Celtics (1-3), on the other hand, it has been less about the results and more about gelling their new roster together.

A blockbuster trade in the offseason with the Brooklyn Nets saw Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry leave town and Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries come the other way.

Another new addition this season is rookie Kelly Olynyk, who was drafted 13th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 draft. The Toronto native has started well in a Celtics uniform, scoring 15 points and adding six rebounds in 25 minutes against the Knicks Saturday night.

The Celtics won the season series 3-1 in the 2012-13 campaign, and the two rivals are set to play another four this season. Wednesday night marks the last time the pair will see each other before their regular season opener on October 30 at Air Canada Center.

The two will also face off in Boston on January 15 and March 26 before ending their season series in Canada on March 28.

Both teams will have different objectives from last season, with the Raptors pushing for a playoff spot and the Celtics in the midst of a rebuilding period.

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