NBA bubble breakdown: Boston Celtics know rout of Toronto Raptors means 'nothing'
The Boston Celtics led by as many as 40 points on the way to a wire-to-wire rout of the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Coach Brad Stevens knows the 122-100 win is essentially meaningless.
With the Raptors and Celtics in line for the second and third seeds in the Eastern Conference, respectively, a meeting in the playoffs is a strong possibility. If that happens, Stevens said you can toss Friday's result out the window.
"This game will mean nothing if we get that opportunity again," Stevens said. "They're a really good team. I thought they missed a lot of open looks and it just wasn't their night. Our guys played well, but it won't mean anything in a couple weeks."
The Celtics handed the defending champs their first loss of the season restart in decisive fashion. Boston took a 15-point lead into the break, then blew the game open in the third quarter with a 36-12 run. The Celtics led 91-57 heading into the fourth, and both teams went to the bench the rest of the way.
Despite the blowout, Raptors coach Nick Nurse felt the same way as his counterpart.
"I hate to say it, but there's nothing really I learned," Nurse said. "The only thing I probably did learn is we've got to get a couple of our guys playing a little better."
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