I don’t have anything witty to say, so I’ll just toss up some links if you want some pre-game reading:
(7:55 p.m. update) Just got out of the locker room. Everyone is dressing for tonight with the exception of Marquis Daniels, who Doc says could be out for awhile. Brian Scalabrine will take his place on the active roster. Glen Davis also fielded questions by reporters, noting he did not lose a tooth in his collision with Dwight Howard’s elbow.
Rasheed Wallace also worked up a full sweat in the team’s pregame walk through and appeared to be moving well as he served himself in the dining room pregame. Feel free to insert joke here.
All in all, felt like a fairly loose but focused locker room tonight. A full recap to follow in just hours. —B Robb
• Here’s an ESPN roundtable where seven experts answer various questions about tonight’s game, including whether an Orlando series win would be better characterized as a Boston collapse or a Magic comeback. Four of the seven experts pick Boston to win the series.
• In that ESPN roundtable, Marc Stein says that Rajon Rondo has “curiously lost some zip,” making Stein the latest NBA watcher to wonder if Rajon is hurting. Other that have mentioned it include SI’s Ian Thomsen, yours truly, and Sebastian Pruiti at NBA Playbook, who notes that the Magic are punishing Rondo when he tries—and fails—to be a factor on the offensive glass.
To my eyes, Rondo appeared to be having trouble changing directions in Game 5. Jameer Nelson had great success getting Rajon moving one way and then darting the other way around a screen.
But Rajon continues to insist he is fine, and Danny Ainge went on WEEI earlier today and said (among other things) that he is not aware of any cramps or spasms bothering Rondo.
I will close my eyes and believe.
Not just in Rondo, but in the team, and in the idea that they can limp to one more win against Orlando, tonight.
Do you still believe? Consider this your open thread. Tell us what you’re seeing. How’s Rondo look? How is Doc dealing with a (potentially) much thinner big man rotation? Is Glen Davis OK? Any defensive adjustments on Orlando’s screen/roll attack?
Have at it.