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Outmanned Celtics dig deep

Role players find fortitude to turn back Raptors

Updated: January 3, 2010, 12:46 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- J.R. Giddens didn't know whether to sit or stand.

Set to make the first start of his NBA career, Giddens double-clutched when the lights dimmed for the Boston Celtics' pregame introductions Saturday night at TD Garden. For the past season-plus, Giddens has taken a spot standing in one of the two lines formed in front of the Boston bench to support the veteran starting five as it's introduced.

But playing without Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce, the Celtics used ...

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