Celtics fall to Raptors in OT 115-112, lose #1 spot

Boston Globe

TORONTO — Last night, the Boston Celtics lost on the road to the Toronto Raptors in a wild overtime game 115-112. This loss not only moves the Celtics from their top spot—but the C’s are in complete trouble. 

Before this game, things were looking up for the Celtics: top seed in the east, six game winning streak, and they put the league on notice as legit contenders. However, the Celtics now will have to face several weeks without starting center Robert Williams who suffered a torn meniscus against the T’Wolves the night before. 

With only a few games left in the season, Toronto knew they had to play hard, and they certainly did. The Canadian crowd was rowdy and made noise the entire game as this was a potential first round matchup. 

Pascal Siakam dropped 40 points, stepping up to the plate when his team needed him most. Both him and Jaylen Brown missed the all-star game this year by not being selected. As far as the other Raptors, they didn’t help with scoring that much, even Fred Van Fleet only dropped 14 points. 

The Celtics were also down four of their main crew; Jaylen Brown (right knee), Jayson Tatum (right knee), and Al Horford (personal matter) for a second straight game. With that said, Marcus Smart stepped up with 28 points, and the rest of the Celtics tried hard. Coach Udoka was pleased by the effort. 

“Great night by a lot of guys,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “A lot of guys stepped up. We had our chances and felt we should have won.”

The game was close, but the Toronto Raptors was able to just pull out a close one. The eastern conference now tighter than ever with no seed completely locked. Looks like things will come down to the wire. C’s now tied with the reigning champs Milwaukee Bucks at the third seed. 

Celtics will face the Miami Heat in a huge eastern conference matchup tomorrow night. 

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