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THE KNIGHT'S NOTES: Celtics advance to 11-10 with win over Toronto

     "We're going to figure it out, I'm certain of it," -- Jayson Tatum. 

      1st Quarter 

      Ball Movement Leads to Good O 

     Ball movement is the key to good offense, when we see this team move and make the extra pass we get what they can be as a team. Multiple possessions, found their way home in the bottom of the cup. What was a hair worrisome was some lax play on D against a team that is struggling. If they can clean up their D things will play out well.

     Al brings the calm waters in the game 

    When Al Horford is on, he brings so much to this team. His leadership and play on the court bring a calm to this team. He does whatever is asked of him, His level of play is elite given his age. When the rest of the team follows his lead they are very successful. 

Celtics lead 27-26.

     2nd Quarter 

     More Ball Movement is twice as nice 

     We were able to see some more efficient and effective ball movement come the second quarter. As Celtics, fans this is something we can get used to. We saw crisp, tight passes leading to open shots. When the ball moves, everyone eats and this team flourishes

     Defensive improvement

     With any good or great team, defense leads to wins, and eventually Titles. A staple of our Celtics Title teams has always been defense. Intensity and hard work, active hands, and doing what it takes. We saw glimpses of that from this group in the second. 

Celtics lead 54-51, despite a poor shooting percentage. Hitting their free throws has been big tonight.

     3rd Quarter 

     Nitty gritty going on tonight 

     We have a dog fight tonight, overall the Celtics ball movement continues to look good. Shots are just not falling the way they should. One thing is for sure GWills ability to nail the three has been very important. Still we have witnessed lapses on D leading to open shots for the Raptors. 

     Free throws actually in Celtics favor 

     In a game that to this point sees the C's with the edge in the free throw department. Historically the C's are always seeing themselves not getting calls, but so far tonight they are earning time at the line. The issue right now is Toronto is balancing things off by hitting their shots. In the ebbs and flows of the game it seems it's going down to the wire. 

Celtics lead after the third with a score of 80-76, time to get hit, hit back and win this game! 

     4th Quarter 

     Who's Gonna Bring It Home 

     As we enter the fourth, the question is who will carry us home? Will it be one of the Jays, or do we see a full team take down of the Raptors? Can Ime mix the right flavor of guys to bring it home. As we saw in SA the other night, when he tinkered a bit to much with the lineup it all fell apart. As a rookie coach, he needs to learn from his mistakes. Overall he and this team are going to figure it out. 

     Team Effort To The Finish Line 

     Overall we saw plenty of guys assisting in the finish of this game. Guys going to the hoop, guys hitting their shots. Defensively they tightened up, which frustrated the Raptors. Defensive rebounds were a huge part of their success. Special shout out to JRich just for his overall energy, and ability to make plays. He had 18 points in 27 minutes. He's been huge this season when he gets regular minutes. 

Celtics win 109-97, nice job pulling it out tonight fellas. Need to carry this into Wed vs the Sixers. 

     

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