Kyrie Irving's return not enough as Celtics lose to Raptors

Kyrie Irving's return not enough as Celtics lose to Raptors

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are surely no easy assignment for any National Basketball Association guards (well, then there's Kyrie Irving), but Boston's chemistry is sure to have a large impact on the outcome of the game. The area that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge must address is offense, and with a plethora of draft picks and young players to trade, he has the assets to pull off a deal that gives the C's a great chance to win the East. And then, secondly, we have to compete at a better level physically. "We looked slow, we didn't look ready to react to their speed or their physicality, and I think that that probably was the case the whole night". This is consistent with what we try to do all the time.

The Celtics will surely revisit film of Tuesday's game ahead of their next matchup against the Raptors on March 31 at TD Garden, but in the meantime, they want to forget the details of the ugly contest as soon as possible so that they can move onward. Their lone loss in that stretch came at Golden State in a game that Stevens suggested was maybe Boston's best performance of the season despite the result.

Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris return for the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference leader clash with the Toronto Raptors.

They return to the road against Toronto, who hold the best home record in the National Basketball Association this season at 21-4.

"The effort on both ends, that's the responsibility that I have as one of the leaders on this team of integrating myself as best I can and I didn't do a good job of that tonight", said Irving. As a one of the veterans on this team, I just got to be better.

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With Irving back in the starting lineup, that likely means Terry Rozier will return to the Boston bench.

"I hadn't seen much of that all year", he said. You just got to use the game as kind of getting your legs back and your timing back. "And I hope a few of our guys will as well".

This game will be very hard for Boston, as the "WE THE NORTH" chants ring loud in Toronto coupled with the great play of one of the best backcourts in the entire league.

Toronto caps a four-game homestand Thursday against NY. Celtics vs Raptors tv channel is on CSNN and TSN. "We'll see them again".

Toronto maintained a substantial lead throughout the third quarter, and Boston's coach opted to rest his starters during the final frame with the belief that the game was out of hand. "I felt like they were effective with that".

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