Last night was another frustrating one for the Celtics (37-24), as the second-place Toronto Raptors (45-17) blew them out 118-95 at Scotiabank Arena.
The loss was Boston's third in a row and fifth in seven games.
An 18-0 second quarter run by the Raptors pretty much decided the game, as Toronto outscored Boston 36-13 in those 12 minutes to take a 66-45 lead at halftime.
Marcus Morris led the Celtics with 17 points, while Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum recorded 11 each.
Robert Williams appeared in his second game all month, recording eight points and four rebounds. His 20 minutes were the most since December 19 and third-highest all season.
Guerschon Yabusele played five minutes, the 18th time this season he's played at least that many in a game. He also notched five points for the fourth time this season, which is the second-most he's scored (nine on November 11).
Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard paced the Raptors with 25 and 21 points, respectively.
Just another bad night for the Celtics. The fourth loss out of the last five which has been a complete embarrassment. A bit ironic that the only loss where they did in fact play a good game was the one against the Bucks, the best team in the NBA. But that's just the type of season it's been for Celtics. A roller coaster of unpredictability. You just never know.
Gonna have to agree here:
Well, the good news is that the Celtics are returning home for three games, starting tonight against the Trail Blazers, followed by the Wizards on Friday and the Rockets on Sunday... before having to play on the road for four straight games.
21 games left until the playoffs. Time to figure things out!