Posted by: Jeremy | October 18, 2009

Here’s hoping the preseason doesn’t mean anything…

Kendrick Perkins and the Celtics put the clamps on the Raps this afternoon

Kendrick Perkins and the Celtics put the clamps on the Raps this afternoon

A late preseason game with the Celtics — with Jay Triano finally getting his starting five together, you’d figure it had to be something like the real thing, right? Well, let’s hope not. I got my first taste of live NBA basketball this season today, taking in an ugly 101-82 loss to Boston at the ACC.

With the exhibition season winding down, Triano and Doc Rivers gave their regular rotations another good run, which makes the loss a bit harder to stomach than your everyday preseason defeat. After trailing by double digits early, the Raptors actually battled back to tie the game late in the third, only to see it slip from the hands of a few of their key reserves.

Hedo Turkoglu had his best game thus far, scoring 16 on 7-of-11 in 27 minutes. Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani added 15 and 13, respectively, though Bargnani left late in the third after fouling out, forcing Triano to call on Patrick O’Bryant to close things out. In 12 minutes, O’Bryant’s most notable number was his five fouls. Triano also didn’t get much out of Jarrett Jack (eight points, two assists and five fouls in 22 minutes), Rasho Nesterovic (0-of-5, two boards) and Sonny Weems (three turnovers in 16 minutes), all of whom were on the floor when the game turned in the second half.

There’s still some time to get it together, but home losses to Houston and Boston with all five starters dressed doesn’t bode too well for when the games actually start to matter. The Raps close out the preseason on Friday against Minnesota.

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