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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Celtics would like the playoffs to start now, preferably before Matlock

Now that baseball has started and we got a taste of summer weather, it's not hyperbole to say that nobody cares about the NBA.

This will change of course next weekend when the playoffs start but for now, the games are painfully dull (for the most part) and it doesn't help that the Boston Celtics have seemingly been on cruise control for much of the regular season.

Facing a Toronto Raptors team without injured star Chris Bosh, the C's almost did the unthinkable by losing to a bad team that also lost Hedo Turkoglu to an injury early last night at the Air Canada Centre.

Boston (49-29) was down 54-52 at the half but recovered to pull out a 115-104 win in what turned into an important contest since the Hawks lost last night, meaning the Celts and Atlanta are tied for the 3rd spot with four games left.

It was the eighth straight time that Boston beat the Raptors (38-40). Rajon Rondo led the way with 21 points and seven assists while Paul Pierce scored 20, Kevin Garnett added 19 and Ray Allen had 18 in the balanced victory. Michael Finley, who has quietly been a nice addition, scored 14 points off the bench including three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Sonny Weems led Toronto with a career-high 21 points. Andrea Bargnani, Antoine Wright and Jarrett Jack each scored 17 for what may be the NBA's most forgotten team.

The Celts host the hapless Washington Wizards tomorrow night.

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