BOSTON - The Boston Celtics stepped onto the court for tonight’s preseason game without the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers. Garnett had been with Boston since 2007, Rivers since 2004, and the Pierce since 1998.
Monday night at the TD Garden, a new era of basketball began. Boston was outrebounded 46-26, Rudy Gay and Tyler Hansbrough each had a game-high 17 points, and Toronto went on to defeat the Celtics by the final score of 97-89.
Gerald Wallace led the charge offensively for the Celtics, netting 16 points on 6-10 shooting from the field in just 26 minutes. It was announced that Wallace would be traded to Boston in June – a deal sending Pierce, Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets.
Jared Sullinger added 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists. He is returning from a back injury he suffered in late-January last season. This is the first live action he has seen since Jan. 30.
Avery Bradley played a team-high 33 minutes, scoring 12 points and dishing out three assists. He also shot a team-high 16 shots.
The Celtics shot only 38.8% from the floor, while the Raptors shot 52.1%.
The highlight of the night came in the beginning of the second quarter. Down three points, Jeff Green swatted a D.J. Augustine layup ferociously into the first row, and the crowd on hand gave Green a standing ovation. Green started at small forward, and scored six points on 2-7 shooting.
The Celtics square of with the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at the TD Garden. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Tonight: Celtics Post Game Show - immediately following the game