Toronto Raptors fall flat in loss to Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger and Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson battle...

Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger and Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson battle for position underneath the basket at TD Garden in Boston, Jan. 15, 2014. (JARED WICKERHAM/Getty Images/AFP)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

BOSTON - The “spirit” or “bump” Dwane Casey expected the Boston Celtics to have on a day they lost a key rotation player and on the eve of a bigger key coming back in Rajon Rondo was there without question.

But what Casey couldn’t predict, what he didn’t want to even consider, was his own team coming into Boston with less than their best, but that too transpired.

“They lost one of their players and other guys are going to step up and take his spot but you do get a bump,” Casey said before the game. “How long it lasts, no one knows, but we expect that tonight. We expect guys who have not had the chance to get an opportunity tonight and take advantage of it. That’s sort of the norm in the NBA when trades happen.”

It was one of those times Casey wouldn’t have minded being wrong.

For whatever reason, the Raps didn’t have the jump or, to steal a Casey-ism, ‘pep in their step’ that has been relatively consistent throughout the past month or so.

 


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