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Toronto at Boston

Venue: TD Garden
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The Toronto Raptors have been forced to adapt without their starting point guard, who is expected to remain out for at least another week or two.

The Boston Celtics hope they don't have to wait that long for the NBA assist leader to return.

Rajon Rondo's status is uncertain for Saturday, when the Celtics look for a ninth consecutive home victory over Toronto.

Rondo is averaging 12.5 assists but he missed his first game this season Thursday due to a sprained right ankle. Boston (5-4) squandered a fourth-quarter lead and its three-game winning streak ended with a 102-97 loss at Brooklyn.

Former Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa started in Rondo's place and scored 17 points, but he had only two of the Celtics' season-low 17 assists. Coach Doc Rivers didn't seem certain about Rondo's availability for Saturday.

"If he's ready to play whenever we play again, he'll play," Rivers told the NBA's official website. "If he's not, he won't. We'll just keep moving."

Boston, which went 9-5 including one playoff game when Rondo was out last season, may not need him to defeat Toronto.

Although the Celtics lost the last two meetings - both in Toronto with Rondo in the lineup - they were missing their point guard the last time the Raptors visited Boston on Feb. 1. The Celtics won that game 100-64, their third straight home victory in this series by at least 20 points.

The Raptors (2-6) continue to play without point guard Kyle Lowry, who averaged 23.7 points in the first three games of the season before suffering a bruised bone in his right foot in the fourth contest.

After losing four straight overall, the Raptors picked up their first road win of 2012-13 with a 74-72 victory at Indiana on Tuesday. Replacement point guard Jose Calderon, averaging 12.7 assists in his last three games, posted his first career triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

To say Toronto relied on its defense - holding the Pacers to 32.0 percent shooting - may be a bit of an understatement considering the Raptors scored five points in the final 12 minutes, the fewest in any fourth quarter in franchise history.

"We were exhausted," guard DeMar DeRozan said one night after a triple-overtime loss to Utah. "But it's about gutting it out. We had to rely on something, and it wasn't our offense tonight. It was all mental and heart."

Toronto's defense has been a problem in recent visits to Boston, with the team allowing an average of 107.0 points on 52.1 percent shooting during its eight-game skid there.

Paul Pierce was 8 of 12 from the field Thursday against the Nets, scoring 22 points, but he was upset with himself for missing a pair of free throws in the final minute.

"I take a lot of blame for down the stretch," Pierce said. "I'm the guy they call upon to make the plays and I didn't make the plays tonight. It's a long season, but that's not the main reason we lost. You can point to a number of little things we talk about all season long."

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Toronto 9 Boston -9
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Toronto1st Atlantic 51.83305-1Won 4
Boston3rd Atlantic 43.5711.54-3Won 2

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Injuries
Toronto
PlayerInjury
L NogueiraGroin
Boston
PlayerInjury
R RondoHand
 
Key Players
Andrea<br>Bargnani
Andrea
Bargnani
, C
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.6 Paul<br>Pierce
Paul
Pierce
, SF
16.2 Pts. Per Game 20.0
1.5 Ast. Per Game 3.4
4.6 Reb. Per Game 6.2
35.7 Field Goal % 41.2
36.1 Three Point % 43.9
87.1 Free Throw % 82.0
 
Team Rankings
TeamRankPoints
Toronto Raptors2761.83
Boston Celtics975.28
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
Oct 29Boston 
Dec 26Boston 
Jan 7 @ Brooklyn 
Mar 23 @ Brooklyn 
 
Other Games
Utah 83 Final
Wash 76
Dal 103 Final
Cle 95
Mem 94 Final
Char 87
NO 113 Final
Mil 117
Den 100 Final
SA 126
Chi 80 Final
LAC 101
Mia 97 Final
Pho 88