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Friday game preview: Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

TV: Sportsnet One

RADIO: Sportsnet 590 The FAN


Boston: Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford.

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka.



There are intriguing matchups all over the floor but none more than the battle between two elite point guards. It could come down to whether Kyrie Irving can be good enough defensively to slow Kyle Lowry, who had 27 points and five three-pointers in a Wednesday win over Cleveland.


The Raptors are likely to switch starting centres so Serge Ibaka can guard the pick-and-pop skills of Al Horford, with Jonas Valanciunas left to tangle with backup Aron Baynes … The late start is to satisfy the needs of ESPN, which will broadcast the game across the United States … The Celtics routed Philadelphia to open the season and have been idle since Tuesday night … Toronto and Boston have combined to win 12 of 14 Atlantic Division titles since the current alignment was put in place by the NBA … Toronto’s OG Anunoby took part in a full practice Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s game early with a bruised orbital bone in his right eye. He should be good to go.


Saturday at Washington, 7 p.m.

Doug Smith is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @smithraps

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