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Raptors vs. Celtics, Round 2: Or the Battle of Lowry vs. Smart

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The Raptors defeated the Celtics at the ACC last Friday, and the two teams meet up for another tilt tonight in Portland, Maine at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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Preseason records: BOS 2-2, TOR 3-1

Game Time: Once again no local broadcast on radio or television, only way to watch will be on League Pass.

Last Friday's win was by far the most exciting of the preseason, as an almost sold out crowd watched the Raptors turn it on in the fourth and blow away the overmatched Celtics. After a small dust up with Marcus Smart, Kyle Lowry led the Raptors down the stretch as they ratcheted up the intensity for the win.

This sets up tonight's battle between the two point guards, which "Mahcus Smaht" (as Celtics broadcaster Mike Gorman would say) seems very much to be looking forward to:

Smart compares well to Lowry, considering his defensive intensity and physicality on both sides of the ball. His jumper isn't quite NBA ready, especially from three point range, but surely it will develop in time just as Lowry's has.

For his part, Lowry would like to remind everyone of their relative statures at this time though:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kyle Lowry is the best. Was briefly bothered when I compared him to Marcus Smart, before quickly correcting Smart is compared to him.</p>— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) <a href="https://twitter.com/WolstatSun/status/522439545187749889">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
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One other thing to watch will be Jonas Valanciunas' post offense. On Friday he seemed a little reluctant to challenge Jared Sullinger in the post, so hopefully we see a much more aggressive JV tonight.

Enjoy the game. Now, to the comments.