Game stream: Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics

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The Toronto Raptors (0-1) play against the Boston Celtics (1-1) at TD Garden

Game Time: 7:30 PM EDT on Friday October 22, 2021

Toronto Raptors 12, Boston Celtics 17 (Q1 03:01)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston already has 5 blocks in the first 9 minutes of the game. – 7:59 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
The Celtics have blocked five shots so far. 3 for Horford, 2 for Rob – 7:59 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Josh Richardson’s first Celtics points came off a three-pointer, because of course they did. – 7:58 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Schroder just noticed Tatum had VanVleet on him, pointed straight to the post. Tatum didn’t end up taking advantage, but Schroder directing traffic a bit to target the mismatch. – 7:58 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Josh Richardson’s first Celtics points are a 3 off a drive and kick from Schroder – 7:58 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Langford and Schroder the next subs in for Boston. Udoka played 9 in the opener. Let’s see what he goes with tonight. If he sticks with 9, either Nesmith or Grant won’t play. – 7:58 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
That was the first three-point field goal attempt of Precious Achiuwa’s NBA career – 7:56 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Richardson came on for Horford and Boston downsized. Guessing Horford will come back on when Robert Williams is out and he’ll bridge Q1-Q2 with some of the reserves. – 7:56 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Celtics introductions pic.twitter.com/kMzaKsfcFm7:55 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Tatum is so into his bag thus far, hitting the baseline fadeaway, 3-ball … he has 10 points in just six minutes, to go with three rebounds and an assist. – 7:55 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Josh Richardson the first sub for the Celtics here. Horford out early; Udoka said he would have short stints in his return from COVID-19, but I won’t be surprised if the Celtics bring him back soon to stagger with Robert Williams. – 7:55 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Josh Richardson in for the Celtics after the timeout. – 7:54 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Josh Richardson first sub in – 7:54 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Cs by 4 at first timeout, Raptors missed first 8 FGAs, shooting about 21 per cent – 7:52 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
The first look at the Horford-Williams starting lineup has been pretty promising. Toronto started just 3 for 14 with both bigs impacting shots at the rim. Turnovers holding back the Celtics offense, though. – 7:51 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum already off to a better start tonight. 3-4 for 8 points already. – 7:51 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Current run Tatum 8, Toronto 2 – 7:51 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Josh Richardson will be the first sub in for the Celtics – 7:51 PM

Abby Chin @tvabby
Josh Richardson missed the opener with a migraine, was going to be the first sub tonight. – 7:51 PM

Abby Chin @tvabby
#Celtics bench, led by Dennis Schroder who hasn’t sat down yet, is energized to start this game! – 7:50 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
I’m a big fan of the wide open guy taking a rhythm dribble. I knew Tatum was making that shot as soon as he did – 7:50 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Al getting to work on both ends ❌🔨 pic.twitter.com/WpYBYfzSZu7:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Horford and Rob are working big-to-big elbow actions that look like the old Al Skinner BC offense. – 7:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum just left a free throw so short it bricked off the front of the rim. He’s way off to start this season. – 7:48 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
The Al Horford impact being felt immediately on both ends. Nice defense, good seal and a pretty pass from Tatum for the dunk, and then feeding Rob inside (though foul was on the floor) – 7:47 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford has three blocks in three minutes. – 7:47 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
This Raptors offense is … rough. – 7:47 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors get two brilliant transition breaks, 3-on-1, 2-on-1, get zero out of it – 7:46 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford is impacting quite a bit. Great defensive start for him on top of the dunk he finished. – 7:46 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics uniforms aren’t as bad on TV as they looked before.
I still prefer the regular ones. These are way better than the Banner ones from last year though. – 7:46 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
K, so Gary Trent Jr. started. Understand that was the plan — he was in that role during shootaround. Nurse said it was Dragic pre-game and here we are. Good to be flexible! – 7:45 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics follow up that hoopla with two straight turnovers. – 7:45 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
So despite the earlier starting lineup release from the Raps, Gary Trent Jr. is in instead of Dragic – 7:44 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Those sneaky Raptors pull a last-second switcheroo
Trent Jr. for Dragic – 7:44 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Trent starts for Dragic, actually! – 7:43 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Trent starting for Dragic after all – 7:43 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics current starters mingling with Paul Pierce and other legends before tipoff. pic.twitter.com/mYPq8jQZb07:43 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
I think Boston loves Paul Pierce a little bit. pic.twitter.com/stIQbcWLse7:43 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Guess who’s back with the #Celtics? One of my faves (even though she went to UCONN and not @SyracuseU), @TSKR19. pic.twitter.com/Fyu6vrDRMr7:42 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The love Boston has for Paul Pierce will always make me smile. – 7:41 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Jumbotron counting down 75 years of Celtics history through pictures, a mini-doc, and cap it off when Hall of Famer Paul Pierce joins Danny Ainge, Leon Powe, Brian Scalabrine, and Cedric Maxwell at mid-court. – 7:41 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Danny Ainge getting a standing ovation when introduced pre-game. #Celtics7:40 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
LET’S GET IT ☘️ pic.twitter.com/mGx7VFXPyW7:37 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Celtics have 13 first-round picks on their roster – only Atlanta and Orlando (14) have more. The Raptors have 6 first-round picks on their roster – only Utah (5) has fewer. – 7:35 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Had a great time catching up with @Paul Pierce, @Leon Powe amd Satch Sanders, three of my all-time favorite #Celtics. – 7:35 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Dennis Schröder getting in some 3-point shots prior to #Celtics home opener vs @Toronto Raptors pic.twitter.com/iIXog3W9c17:33 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Welcome home @Al Horford pic.twitter.com/sVJFrkwdkC7:17 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
We’ve got Al back, we’ve got our fans back, and we’re in store for a special home-opener at TD Garden. nba.com/celtics/news/p…7:07 PM

Bill Herenda @billherenda
ICYMI To Foul? Or to Defend? That is the question #NBA #Knicks #Celtics #NewYorkForever #BleedGreen #TheGarden pic.twitter.com/5ptVK1l1M17:00 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Full strength 💪 pic.twitter.com/3HDgxoPvqt6:57 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Here’s your C’s – Raptors quick preview
bostonsportsjournal.com/live/live-cove…6:47 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Same Old Celtics? | A-List Podcast w/ @A. Sherrod Blakely & @KwaniALunis powered by @BetUS_Official twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…6:45 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Reppin’ Legends pic.twitter.com/0egDol3yXZ6:42 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
My take on Dragic vs Trent hasn’t changed. I think Goran needs to start until Siakam comes back. After that, sure, go with GTJ, but they need another experienced playmaker next to VanVleet. OG, Barnes and Achiuwa are capable but inexperienced creators at this stage. – 6:40 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Back at it on Celtics Pre-Game Live on @NBCSBoston. Alongside @aminajadeTV in studio. Got @Kendrick Perkins and @Brian Scalabrine joining. Taking you right up until Celtics-Raptors at 7:30. @DIRECTV Ch. 630. – 6:33 PM

John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Watching some Wiz-Raps from Wednesday & this may be my favorite Fred VanVleet deflection ever. pic.twitter.com/19C6wD4Zdn6:28 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum getting ready for the home opener: pic.twitter.com/WjaUMHwbT86:24 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Paul Pierce and Danny Ainge are here at TD Garden tonight for Celtics home opener. – 6:24 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Even when this guy @Tim Bontemps is in Philly we can’t avoid him in the Celtics press room. Sad. pic.twitter.com/qX9IZRfNWi6:16 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Raptors starters tonight: Fred VanVleet, Goran Dragic, Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa – 6:14 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors sticking with the Game 1 starters: VanVleet, Dragic, Barnes, Anunoby, Achiuwa – 6:09 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Nick Nurse on Celtics: “They got some depth there when they are healthy. Quality players on starting lineup and bench.” – 6:09 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Same starters for the Raptors in Boston tonight. VanVleet, Dragic, Barnes, Anunoby, Achiuwa. – 6:06 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Same starters for Raptors: VanVleet, Dragic, OG, Barnes, Precious. – 6:06 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
The Raptors will go with the same starters tonight. Fred, Goran, Scottie, OG, and Precious – 6:06 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Same starting lineup for tonight for Raptors. – 6:06 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Udoka might finally give me the Tatum/Brown pick-and-roll I’ve been begging for:
“We’ve added a few sets — we wanted our two best guys together in actions. They can be more aggressive when one is on and off the court, but we gotta get them involved together in certain actions.” – 6:05 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Paul Pierce is in the house tonight at TD Garden. #Celtics #NBA756:00 PM

Abby Chin @tvabby
What better way to celebrate the #Celtics Home Opener than with Jack’s Abby Pride and Parquet?!
Thanks for the hookup! @JacksAbby pic.twitter.com/6JNcg5UMKq5:59 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Mark this down for posterity:
The Celtics now have no players on the injury report. All 17 players are healthy and available to play. – 5:57 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport update vs. Toronto:
Al Horford – AVAILABLE
Josh Richardson – AVAILABLE
Marcus Smart – AVAILABLE – 5:57 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Coach Udoka says he’s excited to experience the TD Garden atmosphere in his first regular-season home game: “The crowd was great in the preseason and I expect them to be even more amped up tonight.” – 5:52 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said tonight’s starting lineup will be the team’s regular lineup for now. He feels that Al Horford complements Robert Williams and the others well in that group. – 5:52 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Smart, Brown, Tatum, Al, and Rob the starting 5. and that will be the 5 moving forward.
“We feel [Al] complements Rob well … Al’s been great from Day 1.” – 5:51 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Smart/Brown/Tatum/Horford/Rob Williams will be starting five moving forward – 5:50 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics plan to stick with their starting lineup moving forward: Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford and Robert Williams. – 5:50 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Al Horford & Josh Richardson are good to go. Horford will start and likely be limited to 20-something minutes.
Horford joins Smart, Tatum, Brown, and Robert Williams in the starting lineup – 5:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters tonight:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart – 5:49 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Celtics will start Tatum, Brown, Rob Williams, Horford and Smart. – 5:49 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford will be limited to 20-25 minutes tonight, per Ime Udoka. The team is planning to play him in short stints. – 5:49 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford will be limited to 20-25 minutes per Ime Udoka. He will start. – 5:49 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Josh Richardson is “fine” after missing the opener with a migraine, per Ime Udoka. – 5:49 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Josh Richardson is also available to play, per Ime Udoka. – 5:48 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Al Horford is back and in the starting lineup tonight, per Coach Udoka. – 5:48 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Al Horford is a go and starting for the Boston Celtics vs. the Raptors. – 5:47 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Al Horford (protocols) will play tonight vs. Raptors for Celtics. – 5:47 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Al Horford is out of the health and safety protocols and will play and start for Boston vs the Raptors tonight. – 5:47 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Al Horford will play and start for the #Celtics. – 5:47 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Al Horford plays and starts for the Celtics tonight. – 5:47 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Al Horford will play and start for Celtics, per Ime Udoka. – 5:47 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says Al Horford will start tonight. – 5:47 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford will play tonight, per Ime Udoka. He will start too. – 5:47 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford will play tonight. – 5:47 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford will play tonight – 5:47 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Al Horford will play tonight, per Ime Udoka. – 5:46 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Grant Williams and Romeo Langford on the floor going through their pregame routines: pic.twitter.com/knRBqYcwGk5:36 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Former Raptors guard Shamorie Ponds has signed a contract in the NBA G League and will be in tomorrow’s draft, sources say. – 5:10 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
the calm before the storm ☘️ pic.twitter.com/Fm3e31kcNR5:03 PM

Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass
Friday night NBA, rookie/sophomore storylines
LaMelo vs Garland…Mobley 2nd game after 17-9-6 debut
Duarte facing Beal after 27-pt debut
Maxey vs Harden, Nets after 20-7-5 debut
Scottie Barnes guarding Tatum, Brown
Jalen Green vs Josh Giddey
D Mitchell vs D Mitchell
Suggs vs NY – 4:19 PM

Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP
Former East Ridge HS, Carleton, Baylor, and Raptors big Freddie Gillespie will play for Memphis in the G League. They still have his rights. I’d wager on him getting another #NBA opportunity. pic.twitter.com/4qebxkyD7t4:14 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
No longer 19-year-olds, the number 19 still means a lot when we talk about #Celtics @Jaylen Brown and @Jayson Tatum, even more so on the eve of tonight’s game vs the Toronto Raptors. fullcourtpress.bulletin.com/10823299692500…4:04 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Heading to Opening Night? Make sure to get in early and grab your green at the @BostonProShop in North Station.
You’ll receive 15% off your purchase when using any @TDBank_US credit or debit card. pic.twitter.com/bZxWqcfdLY4:03 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics-Knicks Overreactions w/ @ChrisForsberg | @WinningPlaysPod powered by @BetUS_Official twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…3:00 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic and Goran Dragic will reunite during Mavs-Raptors tomorrow — and perhaps again as Dallas teammates?
Talked with Slovenia’s national team coach, who reflected on the duo’s “no ego” bond and their desire to pursue another championship together: dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…2:31 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Who doesn’t love a good four-step, self-help program. OK, so nobody loves them. Here’s one anyway for the Mavericks as they head to Toronto.
mavs.com/mavs-self-help/2:28 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Happy birthday Brad ☘️🎂🎉 pic.twitter.com/nIjEaRzuhT1:42 PM

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