BOSTON – A slew of fast breaks has kept the Celtics offense flowing, but they still trail an athletically superior Toronto Raptors 53-48 at halftime. Avery Bradley has been the focal point of the offense with 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting and running the pick-and-roll for nearly every play of the first rotation of the game.
While Bradley has shown notable improvement in his ball-handling and ability to read the pick-and-roll, he does not yet appear to be a reliable option as a point guard. But it is his first game of the season, so time is on his side.
Gerald Wallace has been a tenacious defensive force, playing a hand in a few turnovers and sparking the break several times in the second quarter. The Celtics scored seven consecutive points on fastbreak plays in the middle of the second. But these spurts of energy came between cold spells where the entire team was missing decent looks.
The defense will be biggest issue, as there was a sore lack of an interior presence against a primarily dribble-driving team. Bass and Humphries struggled to rotate in the low post while Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry bobbed and weaved through the two levels of the defense.