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Raptors @ Celtics: Friend Turned Foe and the Push for 2-0

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The Toronto Raptors are set to do battle with Amir Johnson and the Boston Celtics. Can Toronto stay undefeated, or will it drop to .500?

Jonas Valanciunas and the Raptors take the show on the road and visit the Celtics.
Jonas Valanciunas and the Raptors take the show on the road and visit the Celtics.
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The Toronto Raptors got the job done on Wednesday night in their season opener, but the offence looked far from a finished product.

Tonight, we get a second glimpse of the new-look Raptors as Dwane Casey aims to tie Sam Mitchell for the most coaching wins in franchise history.

Standing in his way will be Amir Johnson, a much-beloved former Raptor who now calls Boston home as a member of the Celtics.

It was all love before tip off, but both Amir and DeMar DeRozan have already said the trash talk will flow as the old friends do battle for the first time. That should certainly make for some excellent entertainment.

With the showdown looming, here is some light reading to tide you over until game time:

Russell Peddle's game preview and three things to watch for:

Dave Zarum with an in-depth look at Bismack Biyombo

Josh Lewenberg on the Raptors' small-ball lineup and DeRozan's reunion with Amir:

It's Friday night, let's get to the comments.