NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 4th (All times eastern)
Boston Celtics (1-0) at Toronto Raptors (2-0), 2:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Atlantic Division rivals battle today, as the Toronto Raptors welcome the new-look Boston Celtics to Air Canada Centre.
Last season, the Raptors won three of four contests with Boston. The Celtics have dropped two in a row at Toronto.
The Celtics new team debuted at home. On Friday, Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to lead the Celtics over the Washington Wizards, 103-83, in the club's season opener at TD Banknorth Garden.
Garnett added three blocks and five assists for Boston, while Ray Allen had 17 points. Team captain Paul Pierce finished with a game-high 28 points in the victory for the Celtics.
Swingman James Posey is eligible to return to the court for the Celtics. Posey, who did not play against Washington, was suspended for one game by the league for pleading nolo contendre to reckless driving, in violation of the law of the State of Florida.
The Celtics signed Posey, who spent the previous two seasons with the Miami Heat and averaged 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 71 games last season, to a two-year contract on August 27.
Boston returns home for a two-game stand. The Celtics will host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at TD Banknorth Garden.
Toronto tries to open a season with three straight wins for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign. Andrea Bargnani poured in 21 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Raptors embarrassed the New Jersey Nets, 106-69, on Friday at the Izod Center.
All-Star forward Chris Bosh added 15 points and Juan Dixon netted 14 off the bench for Toronto, which posted a 106-97 victory over division-rival Philadelphia in its season-opener on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.
Toronto is scheduled to visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday at the Bradley Center.
11/04 11:26:37 ET