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W2W4: C's vs. Raptors (Game 72 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (23-48, 8-26 away) visit the Toronto Raptors (40-31, 21-14 home) on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre (7 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:

  • LET'S PLAY TWO: The Celtics and Raptors are wrapping up a home-and-home series after the Raptors posted a 99-90 triumph on Wednesday at TD Garden. Toronto ended a six-year (and 11-game) drought in Boston and now has a chance to secure a playoff berth with a win (or a Knicks loss) on Friday. The Raptors hold a 2.5-game edge over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division and are seeking their first playoff berth since 2008.

  • MORE RONDO + SULLY?: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo told coach Brad Stevens he'd like to spend more time on the floor with Jared Sullinger, who has been operating in a reserve role since returning from a concussion last month. Rondo missed extended time in the second half on Wednesday after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face, but he's expected back in the starting lineup on Friday. Might Boston consider moving Sullinger back to a starting role to maximize his time with Rondo? For now, the team pretty content to ride the Brandon Bass-Kris Humphries combo up front. Rondo played the first 15 minutes of Wednesday's game, giving him plenty of time to work with Sullinger once he subbed in.

  • LOOSE BALLS: This is the fourth and final meeting of the season for the two teams. The Raptors lead the season series, 2-1. ... Jeff Green was limited to 20 minutes on Wednesday because of a stiff neck. ... The Celtics return to Boston for the start of a second home-and-home series against the Bulls on Sunday. ... Boston owns the fifth-worst record in basketball, sitting a half game in front of Utah.

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