Celtics adjust late to mount comeback against Raptors

Celtics adjust late to mount comeback against Raptors

The Raptors were on fire from deep against the Celtics. Heading into the final quarter, Toronto was 16-for-31 from three. Although the Raptors finished 18-for-36 from deep, the Celtics didn’t allow as many threes in the final quarter, which helped Boston earn its first win of the season, as the Celtics knocked off the Raptors 112-106.

Jaylen Brown was both aggressive and patient on the drive. Although he wasn’t able to get to the free-throw line much, he made the most of his looks in the paint. Brown was also solid from deep and grabbed his share of rebounds.

The same could not be said for Jayson Tatum. He’s making an effort to draw contact, but isn’t getting the calls. He also struggled from mid-range, especially in the first half, when he went 1-for-5 from that distance. However, one thing Tatum continues to do very well: shoot the three. And he made some big shots down the stretch.

Kemba Walker had a tough start to the game, missing all of his first six shots, finishing 1-for-9 at the half. He was creating space, but his touch wasn’t there. Walker turned things around in the second half, going 7-for-13 to spark Boston’s comeback. He also drew three charges.

Robert Williams had a strong showing in the first half, grabbing six rebounds in 10 minutes.

After he didn’t shoot a single three-pointer against the Sixers, Gordon Hayward nailed his first three of the season. He finished 3-for-4 from deep. Once again, Hayward wasn’t aggressive early, once again turning things up late.

Grant Williams is doing exactly what Semi Ojeleye was expected to do, and he’s receiving the veteran’s minutes as a result. Now, his shot isn’t there yet (2-for-9), but he grabbed seven rebounds, making the hustle plays and playing tough defense.

Still no Vincent Poirier sighting, and Carsen Edwards did not play.

Walker, Tatum, Brown, Hayward and Smart all finished with double-digit field-goal attempts and points. Walker, Tatum and Brown each scored 20-plus points.

Lastly, the Celtics didn’t beat themselves at the free-throw line again. They went 15-for-16.



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