Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Boston Celtics (10-10) play against the Toronto Raptors (11-11) at Scotiabank Arena

Game Time: 6:00 PM EST on Sunday November 28, 2021

Boston Celtics 27, Toronto Raptors 26 (Q1 00:08)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Payton Pritchard getting some Q1 minutes with Dennis Schroder out tonight. It would be really good to see Pritchard get it going. – 6:35 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Marcus through the lane for 2️⃣ pic.twitter.com/s5h9BDMxkN6:35 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Early Peyton Pritchard minutes for #Celtics6:34 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Marcus Smart has done a much better job at getting to the rim recently – 6:31 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
B🚫NGA pic.twitter.com/OhkPk1HoHP6:30 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Josh Richardson was the Celtics first sub tonight. He came on for Tatum. Presumably Tatum will come back when Brown goes out later in Q1. – 6:28 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Isaac Bonga over Chris Boucher – 6:28 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Size ’em up
BUCKET pic.twitter.com/yEqgotvQhQ6:27 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Josh Richardson in for the #Celtics6:26 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The one guy you can’t lose for Toronto is Mykhailiuk. No reason he should be that open. Not great defense from the Celtics there. – 6:25 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors by 4 at first timeout, Siakam’s got 8 – 6:24 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford had a rough game vs the Spurs, but he’s had a really active start tonight. – 6:22 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said after Friday’s loss that Celtics players care too much about getting themselves going vs playing as a team. Jaylen Brown has forced three drives already, which seems to back up Udoka’s thoughts. – 6:21 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Nick Nurse trusts Yuta Watanabe’s defence and refs should too – 6:19 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Offensive foul on Jaylen. Nurse wins the challenge. #Celtics #Raptors6:19 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Nick Nurse pulls Scottie Barnes for Yuta Watanabe 90 seconds into the game, Watanabe tries to take a charge right away and Nurse challenges it. It’s 4-2. Nurse really is a mad man. – 6:17 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Nurse is going to challenge a call 2:08 into the game. This may be a record, even for Nurse. #Celtics #Raptors6:16 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Very early sub by Nick Nurse. Yuta Watanabe on for Scottie Barnes less than two minutes into the game. – 6:15 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Celtics CLEARLY looking to make the extra pass early tonight after Udoka said they need more teamwork early. Maybe too much. But a good start on the ball movement front. – 6:14 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
That was the right kind of first possession Boston wants. All the right passes, a cut, paint touches, and an opportunity to score.
Good start. Now do it, like, 80 more times – 6:13 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston’s best offense has come when they move the ball. That’s not surprising at all.
The second-best offense has come when Marcus Smart has worked out of the post. That’s at least somewhat of a surprise. – 6:12 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Interesting to see SportsNet bill Raptors-Celtics as a matchup between Jayson Tatum and Scottie Barnes. Big game for both teams, as Boston tries to get a win ahead of a brutal schedule in December and Toronto looks to start a 7-game homestand off with a victory. – 6:10 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.
Let’s see what the Celtics have in store tonight. – 6:10 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
LET’S HOOP 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/TmMuPArvsi5:51 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Back at it on Celtics Pre-Game Live on @NBCSBoston. Alongside @Abby Chin taking you up to Celtics-Raptors at 6 pm. Talking Tatum’s struggles, effort issues, @Enes Kanter name change and more. @DIRECTV Ch. 630. pic.twitter.com/6ndx1JDMnq5:44 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
“𝙄 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙮 𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙. 𝙄 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙮 𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙡𝙚. 𝙄𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬𝙨 𝙢𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙙𝙤.”
@Dejounte Murray (29 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST, 3 STL) delivered down the stretch vs. Boston in another big time performance 💯 pic.twitter.com/KxbQP9Zl9I5:42 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Raptors – Scotia Bank Arena – November 28, 2021 – Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, G. Williams
Toronto – Fred VanVleet, Svi Mykhailiuk, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa
OUT: Boston: Schroder, R. Williams Toronto: Anunoby, Trent Jr., pic.twitter.com/4LG04yu5uP5:40 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
As I only partially jumped the gun on earlier, Jaylen Brown is available to play for the Celtics today. – 5:35 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Tonight’s starters ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/uhadbugeJU5:30 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Jaylen Brown will play tonight in Toronto. – 5:30 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Alright, let’s do this again. Which Raptors table are you sitting at? pic.twitter.com/pTwKumtqM35:25 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Good to go @wacchi1013 pic.twitter.com/lHw7DZ3Drb5:24 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport update:
Jaylen Brown – AVAILABLE – 5:19 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
He obviously did better than 3 out of 5 on the citizenship test.
We’ll cover my conversation with Enes today and the coach and team’s reaction to his milestone tomorrow on Celtics Tonight at the bottom of the hour ⁦@1057WROR⁩. pic.twitter.com/SQuzpWTsyF5:17 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Paul Reed had 22 points and 11 rebounds and rookie Jaden Springer had 24 points with 7 rebounds and 5 steals in a 120-94 win over Raptors 905 #Sixers5:16 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown is available to play tonight for the Celtics at the Raptors.
Josh Richardson is also available to play as well.
Dennis Schroder and Robert Williams are both out. – 5:03 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Al Horford getting some work in as the Celtics return to Toronto for the first time since 2019. pic.twitter.com/dzziiQnOt95:01 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Next man up pic.twitter.com/oLOioSoifv5:01 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown getting shots up as he warms up ahead of tonight’s 6 pm start in Toronto. Brown is expected to play and is looking fine during his pregame routine. pic.twitter.com/YVeKqVPBOB4:55 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Raptors starters tonight:
Precious Achiuwa
Pascal Siakam
Scottie Barnes
Svi Mykhailiuk
Fred VanVleet – 4:51 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
After tonight, the Celtics and Raptors will have already played three times in the season’s first 5.5 weeks.
They won’t play again until the end of March. – 4:50 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Tonight’s @Invisalign Starting Line Up pic.twitter.com/9nZpei0IQJ4:50 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Coach Udoka emphasizes the need to become more collectively vocal: “That will take us to another level as a team.” – 4:43 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Quick newser on Goran Dragic being gone from the Raptors for now to deal with a personal issue: theathletic.com/news/raptors-g…4:38 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said it doesn’t matter who the leadership comes from. He encourages the entire roster to hold each other accountable.
Udoka said that Al Horford and Marcus Smart are generally the most vocal Celtics players, but that everyone is starting to speak up more. – 4:37 PM

Mike Ganter @Mike_Ganter
So Anunoby (hip pointer) remains out joined by Gary Trent Jr. (calf) joining already scratched Khem Birch (swollen knee) . Svi Mykhailiuk starts in Trent’s place. – 4:37 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen Brown is working out now with intent to play. Schroder’s ankle injury is a one-game issue according to Udoka. Wanted to give him a few days off. #Celtics #Raptors. – 4:36 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics aren’t always as vocal as he would like, but they’re growing into that. He said they have a bunch of quiet guys who lead in a different way. Said Al Horford and Marcus Smart speak up more. – 4:36 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
The Celtics celebrated Enes Kanter becoming a US Citizen last week, who is a Turkish national but has been labeled an enemy of the state because of his criticism of the President there. Udoka says he is “all for” Kanter adding a last name of “Freedom” as @Shams Charania reported. – 4:35 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
For Raptors, Birch, Trent, Anunoby all out, Yuta in, Svi starts in Trent’s spot – 4:35 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
So, with Anunoby, Trent and Birch out, Dragic away from the team, and Johnson with the 905, the Raptors will have 11 active bodies vs Boston tonight, including Watanabe who’s on a minute restriction. – 4:35 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Ime Udoka says the Celtics congratulated Enes Kanter as a group last week for getting his American citizenship. That becomes official on Monday.
Added that they’re all for Kanter’s name change as it is something he wants to express. – 4:33 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka on Enes Kanter’s name change: “We’re all for it.” Says team also congratulated him on earning U.S. citizenship this past week. – 4:33 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said the Celtics expect Dennis Schroder to miss just this one game. With two days off on Monday and Tuesday, Boston took the opportunity to give Schroder the night off to recover from two different sprained right ankles in the last couple of weeks. – 4:33 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown is going through his normal pregame routine with the intention to play tonight. – 4:31 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said that Jaylen Brown is going through his normal pregame warmup with the intention of playing tonight. Brown is feeling good, per Udoka. – 4:31 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown is going through pregame testing with the intent to play, according to Udoka. – 4:31 PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Goran Dragic stepping away from the Toronto Raptors #NBA
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/12…4:31 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Nick Nurse says there is still a bit of injury management to be done with Yuta Watanabe so there is a minutes restriction as well as a shift restriction. Can’t play for an extended period of time currently. – 4:26 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Yuta Watanabe is still on a minutes restriction. Perhaps more minutes total but shorter stints. – 4:26 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. have been downgraded to OUT for tonight’s game vs the Celtics. – 4:22 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Anunoby, Trent Jr. and Birch are OUT tonight for #Raptors vs. #Celtics. – 4:22 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
OG Anunoby (hip pointer) and Gary Trent (calf) are out. No timeline for Anunoby. Looks to be just a deep painful bruise for Trent. – 4:21 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Anunoby and Trent are both OUT vs Boston today. Birch was ruled out yesterday. – 4:21 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Tonight we’ll plan to set the tone early, being physical from the start. pic.twitter.com/rx19efXuYG4:12 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Snow Day Cozy ❄️ pic.twitter.com/gpffJWM5WB4:08 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Further to this comment from the Raptors GM Bobby Webster on Goran Dragic, my understanding is this is a long-term play. Nothing is locked, but Dragic will likely remain in Slovenia attending to family matters and training until trade deadline and/our buyout market heats up: pic.twitter.com/bCaxxh0v6X4:07 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Raptors say that Goran Dragic has been excused from the team while he “manages a personal matter”, with no timetable for his return. Per Bobby Webster, “(Goran) has been a complete professional… He will continue to work out and stay in shape during his time away” pic.twitter.com/RtJpsfoVkm3:50 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Goran Dragic stepping away from Raptors: pic.twitter.com/LLjIqSzkpW3:50 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Toronto Raptors GM Bobby Webster on Goran Dragic pic.twitter.com/OiqHjzGOoX3:48 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Statement from GM Bobby Webster on Goran Dragic. pic.twitter.com/g9oJxtsAhp3:48 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Oh, Boston Scott – 3:48 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Goron Dragic will step away from the Raptors indefinitely for personal reasons. pic.twitter.com/VFW06NoNMs3:47 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Raptors issue statement as Goran Dragic will step away from the team indefinitely to manage a personal matter. pic.twitter.com/mOPyv1FRjL3:47 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Goran Dragic taking some time away from the Raptors
“Goran is taking some time away from the team, with our full support, to manage a personal matter,” GM Bobby Webster 1/2 – 3:47 PM

Mike Ganter @Mike_Ganter
Raptors’ little-used point guard Goran Dragic is officially on leave from the team for personal reasons with full support of the club. – 3:47 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Raptors say they are granting Goran Dragic time away from the team to manage a personal matter. pic.twitter.com/Qjsu8Qbglh3:46 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Raptors guard Goran Dragic will be away from team indefinitely due to personal reasons. – 3:46 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Raptors statement on Goran. pic.twitter.com/g1djDy3Z6F3:46 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Giants Fans most-hated Eagles:
1. DeSean Jackson
2. Boston Scott

3. Everyone Else – 3:20 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Happy #Hanukkah to all our fans celebrating 🕯 pic.twitter.com/td8BOZAEj42:29 PM

Jayson Tatum @jaytatum0
Never know what people going through… RIP🙏🏽 – 2:23 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
That speed burst from Jaylen Waddle is incredible pic.twitter.com/tQsZcedI2q2:13 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
David Johnson to the tent – 2:04 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors have been out-rebounded in 4 of the 5 games Khem Birch has missed this season (-26 on the boards).
They’ve only been out-rebounded in 4 of the 15 games he’s played (+59 on the boards). – 1:43 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Jaylen Waddle Yards After Catch! – 1:06 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Celtics’ Enes Kanter changing name to Enes Kanter Freedom nba.nbcsports.com/2021/11/28/cel…1:02 PM

Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Kobe Bryant made a surprising admission about his 81-point performance against the Raptors.
#Lakers #LakeShow #NBA
sportscasting.com/kobe-bryant-sh…12:51 PM