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Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics

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Date: Friday, Aug. 7

About Toronto
Toronto is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario. With a recorded population of 2,731,571 in 2016, it is the most populous city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration of 9,245,438 people (as of 2016) surrounding the western end of Lake Ontario, while the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) proper had a 2016 population of 6,417,516. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.People have travelled through and inhabited the Toronto area, located on a broad sloping plateau interspersed with rivers, deep ravines, and urban forest, for more than 10,000 years. After the broadly disputed Toronto Purchase, when the Mississauga surrendered the area to the British Crown, the British established the town of York in 1793 and later designated it as the capital of Upper Canada. During the War of 1812, the town was the site of the Battle of York and suffered heavy damage by American troops. York was renamed and incorporated in 1834 as the city of Toronto. It was designated as the capital of the province of Ontario in 1867 during Canadian Confederation. The city proper has since expanded past its original borders through both annexation and amalgamation to its current area of 630.2 km2 (243.3 sq mi).
The diverse population of Toronto reflects its current and historical role as an important destination for immigrants to Canada. More than 50 percent of residents belong to a visible minority population group, and over 200 distinct ethnic origins are represented among its inhabitants. While the majority of Torontonians speak English as their primary language, over 160 languages are spoken in the city.Toronto is a prominent centre for music, theatre, motion picture production, and television production, and is home to the headquarters of Canada’s major national broadcast networks and media outlets. Its varied cultural institutions, which include numerous museums and galleries, festivals and public events, entertainment districts, national historic sites, and sports activities, attract over 43 million tourists each year. Toronto is known for its many skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower.The city is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, the headquarters of Canada’s five largest banks, and the headquarters of many large Canadian and multinational corporations. Its economy is highly diversified with strengths in technology, design, financial services, life sciences, education, arts, fashion, aerospace, environmental innovation, food services, and tourism.

Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics: Game Preview, TV channel, start …

About Raptors
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Time: 9:00 p.m. ET

TV: TSN (Canada), TNT (USA)

Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics: Game Preview, TV channel, start …

Location: The Arena, Orlando, FL

Game Preview

The fight for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference turned out to be short-lived.

Entering Friday’s game, the Raptors hold a 4.5 game lead on the Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings. With a win against the Celtics, the Raptors will clinch the Atlantic Division and secure the second-best record in the Eastern Conference for the second season in a row.

While the No. 2 seed is all but out of reach for the Celtics, this could very well turn out to be a playoff preview. Assuming the Raptors and Celtics do finish second and third, respectively, they would meet each other in the second round of the playoffs should both teams take care of business in the first round.

The Raptors and Celtics have had several battles already this season. The first came early in the season, with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown powering the Celtics to victory. The Celtics then dismantled the Raptors on Christmas Day, although Toronto was without Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam in the loss. The Raptors got revenge a few days later, blowing the Celtics out by 16 points despite still not having Gasol and Siakam.

Lowry led the way in Toronto’s one and only win against Boston this season with 30 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

This will be the first time since that early-season meeting that both teams are expected to be at full strength. What remains to be seen is if the Raptors and Celtics will treat it as another game or if they will hold back knowing they could face each other in the playoffs.

Either way, the head-to-head matchup between Jayson Tatum and Pascal Siakam will take centre stage. Our NBA.com Staff have gone back and forth on which one is better all season long. We had Tatum ahead of Siakam in our latest player rankings but had Siakam ahead of Tatum shortly before the season was suspended.

This game might not answer the question of which player is ultimately better, but it will provide another opportunity to watch two of the league’s rising stars do battle.

Injury Report

An injury report will be made available closer to tip.

Game Notes

  • Entering Friday’s game, the Celtics rank third on offence (112.9) and fifth on defence (106.7) on the season.
  • The Raptors rank 12th on offence (111.0) and second on defence (104.5).
  • Tatum and Siakam are posting eerily similar numbers this season. Whereas Tatum is averaging 23.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, Siakam is averaging 23.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
  • The Celtics are one of the more balanced teams in the league. While Tatum leads the way with 23.3 points per game, Kemba Walker (20.8), Jaylen Brown (20.6), Gordon Hayward (17.3) and Marcus Smart (13.2) are each scoring in double figures.
  • Brown has had a couple of big games for the Celtics in Orlando, going for 30 points in their win against the Portland Trail Blazers and 21 points in 23 minutes in their win over the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Kyle Lowry has drawn the most charges in the league this season, but Walker ranks seventh with 18 charges drawn.
  • Fred VanVleet has taken his game to another level in Orlando. Through three games, he’s averaging 23.3 points, 8.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds.

Last Time They Played

Date: Dec. 28, 2019

Score: Toronto Raptors 113, Boston Celtics 97

Raptors: Kyle Lowry – 30 PTS, 7 AST, 4 REB, 2 STL

Celtics: Kemba Walker – 30 PTS, 2 AST, 2 REB, 2 STL

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