After Sunday's win over LA, the Celtics will travel north of the border to face the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are a bad 17-31 and eleventh in the eastern conference. The Celtics, since Rondo went down, are an undefeated 4-0. That steak has gotten them back above the .500 mark. The Celtics are hot, the Raptors are not, but they still have to try. Here are tomorrow's five things:
5. GET COLLINS TO THE FOUL LINE:
The performance that Jason Collins put on on Sunday instantly made him a fan favorite in my book. I was surprised at how well he shot free throws, making each of his five attempts. Get him the ball inside, have him draw a foul, and you get an easy 2 points.
4. KEEP GIVING BARBOSA THE BALL:
Leandro Barbosa has really stepped up since the injury to Rondo. On Sunday, he had a great 14 points (T-2nd on team) on 5/10 shooting. If he's making his shots consistently like this, then keep giving him the ball.
The Celtics, despite winning, were out-rebounded 41-29. This was perhaps the most lopsided stat of the night. I understand that that was the Clippers, but come on. You have to do a little better.
2. GET A BIG FIRST HALF LEAD:
If the Celtics hadn't had that 19 point half time lead on Sunday, they would've lost. In my opinion, the first half is more important than the second. It sets the momentum of the game. You have to have momentum in order to get confidence.
1. MAKE SURE PIERCE GETS THE BIG SHOTS:
If the Celtics are down by 1, have the ball, and there is under 10 seconds on the game clock, I want Pierce to shoot it. He proved with that clutch three that pressure doesn't bug him in important situations.
Tip-off for tomorrow's game will be at 7:00 pm ET. Live Game Updates will be available here.