Boston has Raps' number

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Why do some teams match up well against others?

It's an interesting question when you look at the Raptors and Boston Celtics, who oppose one another tonight at the Air Canada Centre in the last game between the two this season.

Boston is just coming off a loss to Chicago, which swept the four-game season series. The Celtics have won two of three this year against the Raps, both victories in Boston.

"I think we match up with Boston because they've got some guys who can score and we have guys on our team who can score," Raps forward Morris Peterson said. "There's a lot of teams in this league we match up well against and give ourselves a chance to win at the end. It just so happens we haven't been able to pull the games off."

Raps coach Sam Mitchell offered a different perspective.

"Teams just have your number sometimes," he said.

But he didn't want to assess tonight's matchup.

"I don't get into all that," he said. "That's when you get yourself into trouble. Just when I'm thinking we should win because of the matchup, that's when you get your butt kicked."

OH, DANNY BOY

It's apropos that the Blue Jays' home opener coincides with the arrival of the Boston Celtics.

Boston's vice-president of basketball operations is Danny Ainge, who began his pro sports career playing third base for the Blue Jays before switching to basketball.

With the Blue Jays playing the same time as the Raptors, Ainge won't be able to check out his former team.

THE OPEN MIKE SHOW

Raps point guard Mike James addressed recurring criticism he is shooting too much and not distributing the ball enough. He had a rough outing on Sunday in a loss to New Orleans/Oklahoma City, hitting only five of 25 from the field. But he noted in the last two games, he's averaged 10 assists.

"If that's not being a point guard, I don't know what is," he said.

"I don't care what people say about me. Let them talk ... I'm not changing who I am."


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