The Raptors wasted no time getting ready for the game as nearly every player except for Jermaine O’Neal  and Chris Bosh were warming up when I scoped out the court around 5:30. Leon Powe , Kendrick Perkins , and Brian Scalabrine  were practicing on the Celtics end.
The Cs were loose in the locker room, with Powe, House, and Rajon Rondo  crowded near Perkins’ locker. Perk turns 24 today and the big man is trying to downplay his birthday even though he is receiving some extra attention from his teammates.
Chris Bosh received treatment on the trainers table in the Raptors quarters while a handful of players wandered in and out of the locker room. Jamario Moon said the Raptors are a brand new team with O’Neal’s veteran leadership this season. They are also a better offensive team, ranking second in the league in both three-point shooting and free throws.
Tonight it was the bench who was receiving praise from Doc Rivers . The Celtics head coach said the starters have not been consistent with their offense and defense. He would not go as far to say the bench has exceeded his expectations but they are “playing well.”
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