It’s a good thing Michael Finley didn’t have anything else in
Finley made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished
with 14 points as the Boston Celtics capitalized on another injury
to a Toronto player by beating the Raptors 115-104 on Wednesday
Finley nearly didn’t play after he strained his back picking up
his luggage at the team hotel.
“That’s when you know you’re old,” Boston coach Doc Rivers
Boston trainer Ed Lacerte loosened the 37-year-old Finely up
with a massage, and the veteran reserve pitched in 11 points in the
“If the game had started at 3 o’clock I probably wouldn’t have
played,” Finley said. “Ed worked on me before the game, I went
and shot around and it was better so I was able to play.”
Rajon Rondo led Boston with 21 points and Paul Pierce added
Kevin Garnett scored 19 points and Ray Allen had 18, including
10 in the final quarter, as the Celtics won their eighth straight
over Toronto, sweeping the series for the second consecutive
“Our shooting won the game for us tonight,” Rivers said.
“When Ray and Michael get it going at the same time and they’re
both on the floor, that makes us really good because we can still
pound the ball down low and affect the other team’s ability to take
the low-post game away because they’re so worried about the guys
out on the perimeter.”
Sonny Weems scored a career-high 21 for the Raptors, who played
their first game since All-Star Chris Bosh suffered two facial
fractures in Tuesday’s loss at Cleveland.
Things got worse for Toronto when Hedo Turkoglu left late in the
first after bumping heads with Boston’s Tony Allen. Turkoglu
sustained a nasal contusion and was taken to hospital for a CT
“When it rains it pours, I guess,” Toronto swingman Antoine
Wright said. “We’re dropping like flies right now.”
The Raptors’ team doctor, Paul Marks, said before the game that
Bosh is expected to need “weeks” to recover from surgery
Wednesday to repair his nasal fracture, which happened when he was
struck by an inadvertent elbow from Antawn Jamison. Bosh remains in
a Cleveland hospital and is scheduled to return to Toronto on
Andrea Bargnani, Jarrett Jack and Wright scored 17 points, and
DeMar DeRozan had 14 for the Raptors, who have lost three
Weems scored 17 in the first half but made just one field goal
after the break.
Rondo shot 6 for 7 in the second half and scored 16 points.
“We told him to be more aggressive and attack,” Rivers said.
“In the second half we used Rondo as out attack weapon.”
Reggie Evans started for Toronto in place of Bosh. Turkoglu
returned to the starting lineup in place of Wright, who left
Tuesday’s game with a sore left ankle.
“I thought our guys played as hard as they could,” Toronto
coach Jay Triano. “I commended them for their effort after the
game, they really battled. Did we play really well and make shots?
No, but they didn’t back down and they fought.”
Finley hit 3-pointers on either side of a layup by DeRozan in
the fourth to give the Celtics their biggest lead, 98-85, with 6:53
“I feel like he’s one of the best shooters still in the game,”
Rondo said of Finley. “He definitely has the best form. Anytime
he’s open I’m trying to give him the ball.”
Toronto scored eight straight points, cutting it to 99-91, but
Rondo made a jumper and answered Jack’s floater with a three-point
play, keeping the Celtics comfortably in front.
NOTES: Toronto’s last victory over the Celtics was Jan 23, 2008,
a 114-112 win at Boston. … Toronto’s bench outscored the starters
58-46. … The Raptors held an opponent below 25 assists for the
first time in six games. The Celtics had 22 assists.