Call me a sucker for cute storylines, but I would be all for a playoff series between the Celtics and Raptors in the near future. Boston is a basketball nerd's dream come true -- a bunch of sub-stars brought together by a brainy coach for unexpected success. They have a former Raptors favourite in Amir Johnson. They have Tommy Heinsohn on the mic, a legendary curmudgeon. They have nice jerseys.
Most of all, though, I would love a playoff series against Boston because I'm confident the Raptors could win. Tonight, they'll play the leprechaun club for the final time this season, looking for a season sweep, their 49th win, and a playoff berth. The two teams could meet again, as early as the first round of the playoffs, as the Celtics are just keeping their heads above water in the middle of the Eastern Conference.
In the present moment (as Harsh Dave pointed out in his game preview), it's tough to get a handle on how these two teams match up tonight, just because we're not sure who's in and who's out of the lineup for Dwane Casey. As of publishing time, I can relay this news about all those questionable bodies.
Patrick Patterson (sore left ankle) is out tonight at Boston. Johnson and Valanciunas are available. #rtz— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) March 23, 2016
DeMarre Carroll, meanwhile, will not be with the Raptors on their current road trip, making March 28 vs. Oklahoma City his first opportunity for return.
Beyond that, I have no more analysis to provide. I'll enjoy the game with you all in the comments, hoping for a playoff matchup with all my favourite things (Raptors included).