If there's a silver lining heading into tonight's game, it's the fact that the Boston Celtics have struggled to beat division foes in their last two games, needing overtime to defeat New York 107-105 on Sunday and winning 113-110 over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Check out the game day previews from NBA.com, the Boston Globe, National Post, Score.com and Raptors Republic. CelticsBlog reports that Eddie House is getting his groove back... just in time to face the Toronto Raptors' non-existent perimeter defence!
The Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk points out that Jose Calderon is such a non-factor on defence he is making all of his opponents look like Steve Nash. And -- surprise, surprise -- that backcourt pairing of Calderon and Jarrett Jack is not a good look.
Basketball Geek has updated its NBA Power Rankings, Statistical Scouting Reports and Play-by-Play Data. Toronto sits behind the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks in terms of offensive efficiency, but ranks dead last in defensive efficiency (shocking news, I know).
Hip Hoop Junkies talks hoops with Raptors broadcaster Matt Devlin.
TSN's Tim Chisholm asks: How do you solve a problem like DeRozan?