Boston Celtics experienced a demoralizing defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors in their home opener for the 2021-22 regular season.
The Cs head coach Ime Udoka called out his team for Friday’s performance, as the Boston crowd booed the Celtics’ players.
“We deserved it, the way we played – and I think our guys know that,” Udoka said of the boos, per masslive.com. “That’s what we appreciate about the fan base as well:
They’re gonna be on us out there with our effort and for the most part, they just outplayed us. When you get that result out there, I expect nothing less.”
Boston never found a way to balance their play and become competitive against the Raptors. They finished Friday’s contest with 25 turnovers, allowing also 21 offensive rebounds.
They played right into the hands of a Raptors’ team that scrapped its way to the win behind Scottie Barnes’s strong performance. The rookie scored a game-high 25 points along with 13 rebounds.
Only three Celtics’ players scored more than 10 points, with Jayson Tatum leading the team with 18. The Celtics dropped to 0-2 after the first two games of the season.