The Raptors made up ground on the front running Celtics without picking up a ball on Tuesday night as Boston extended their slump to four losses in a row by losing to the Lakers 108-107. Toronto also benefited by a Spurs beat down of a Cavs team in disarray 114-102.
After tonight, standings in the East are:
- Celtics 34-14 – – –
- Raptors 31-14 -1.5
- Cavaliers 27-19 -6
- Heat 27-20 -6.5
It doesn’t get any easier for the Celtics in the short term. They still have three more games on this Western Conference road trip and will face the Clippers on the back-to-back, then a trip to Golden State and finish off in mile-high Denver.
No other way to put it: The Celtics stink right now. This is an awful loss and they have no one to blame but themselves. Two bad ones in a row. Three more tough ones on the trip too.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 24, 2018
The Cavs had a team meeting before the game that apparently had no impact on anybody. Losers of 10 of their last 13 games, things are looking bad for Cleveland right about now.
If it wasn’t for Orlando, the Cavs would have one win this month. They’re four minutes from losing to Aldridge and the Spurs’ bench bunch
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) January 24, 2018
Cavs are a hilarious mess right now. Everyone but LeBron & Wade is tradeable. Ty Lue looks shell shocked…and they’re a lock for the Finals
— nick wright (@getnickwright) January 24, 2018
It was already a good night in Toronto before the conclusion of these two games. The Raptors Kyle Lowry was announced as an NBA All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. He will be joining fellow four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan at Staples Center February 16-18 in the 67th edition of the NBA All-Star Game.