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Game 50/82: Magic (32-19) @ Celtics (37-12): Open thread

 

Orlando at Boston
TD Garden
2:30 PM
ABC

Offensive Efficiency:
Orlando: 106.5 points/100 possessions (9th)
Boston: 105.8 points/100 possessions (11th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Orlando: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Boston: 98 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)

Probable Magic starters: Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard

View from opposing bench: Magic Basketball

What to look for:

Today we get to see another installment of Kendrick Perkins vs.  Howard. Do you think there’s a player/team that Perkins gets more motivated for than Dwight and the Magic? I don’t think so. Dwight will have to be careful not to get into foul trouble, though, because the already-thin Magic frontcourt has been without Brandon Bass for a few games.  That means potentially significant minutes for Malik Allen and Earl Clark, which should play to the Celtics’ favor.

I won’t go as far as to call this an “important” game. It’s not. But a loss would be frustrating for both teams. Losing two straight home games is generally not the momentum you want with the Heat and Lakers coming into town. As for Orlando, the Magic have been playing .500 basketball for almost a month now (7-7 in their last 14 games). 

Prediction: Celtics 105 – Magic 101

  • complexity

    Daniels looked like he really messed himself up. That's what scares me so much about putting your head down in basketball. Hopefully it's not a bad neck injury.

    • someguyinsac

      My family and I are sending good thoughts and prayers his way.

      • Zee

        Amen. Same here.

  • Batman

    What is happening this game……….

  • someguyinsac

    Will someone please stuff a sock or 2 into Jeff Van Gundys' mouth? I wish I could just mute his voice, he's a dipwad.

    • zebulon

      Really, Van Gundy is worse than Mark Jackson? Jeff might have an exceptionally annoying voice, but at least he understands the game of basketball pretty well. Mark Jackson, on the other hand, is an absolute idiot. He actually decreases the basketball understanding of the average viewer.

      And his little sayings? "Hand down, Man down" or "Mama there goes that man!"? They might actually be my least favorite phrases in the English language.

      • someguyinsac

        I just got tired of "Howard was fouled a gazillion times in one sequence" blathering, but you're right about Jackson too. Guess we just need lots of socks for those 2.

  • celticfan

    wow i hope daniels is ok. hate seeing one of our boys down.. Orlando is a dirty ass team. don't care what anyone else says it's true. i sure hope howard get thrown out soon.

    • zebulon

      That injury had nothing to do with Orlando playing dirty… just a weird, freak injury. Definitely hope he is OK.

      • Ryan DeGama

        True. Also, nearly impossible to call another team dirty and not tag the C's with the same kind of criticism.

    • MikeD

      Where did you get this idea that Orlando is a dirty team? That is completely off base. The only thing you coukd possibly consider dirty is that Howard flails his elbows sometimes. But so doesnt KG

  • kricky

    Wow. Orlando took us behind the shed in the 1st Qt, and then let us get back in by taking awful jumpshots and going away form Howard and the driving penetration to the basket that we just couldn't stop.

    And SVG is supposed to be a good coach?

  • celticfan

    i love it Howard just got his 15 T one more .. he is out a game. come on Refs give him 1 more T…lol do not like that player. my thooughts and prayers are with Daniels . Orlando is a bunch of cry babies and the head coach is number 1. and please someone shut Van Gundy up .he can't announce i mute the tv everytime he talks. what an asshole

  • I_Love_Green

    How on earth are we winning this game?? We seriously played like complete trash until about 5 minutes left in the second. Rondo kept us alive with his scoring, and then the rest of the guys caught up with him to end the half strong. Lets hope they keep rolling in the 3rd.

  • wharpua

    Didn’t Marquis get a freakish concussion last year (in the playoffs?) in a similar fashion?

    I swear there was something like this, him crumpling into some defender’s chest as he tried to drive the baseline?

    Hope the man’s okay, I love watching him play. And we need him bigtime, especially until Delonte comes back and finds his feet.

  • kricky

    RAJON F***ING RONDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I_Love_Green

    Good game boys, especially Rondo. This loss is just more motivation for Dwight to join us in a couple of years (:

  • Batman

    Such a good game for Rondo but i have to complain about 1 thing: 6 TOs :(

  • John Evans

    Aside from the 1st quarter, C’s played a good game today. Their defense was clicking in the 2nd half, they nullified the perimeter game and held Howard to one field goal in the 2nd half. It was great to see Rondo attack and score so aggressively today, imagine if he did that in every game. I was especially pleased with his above 70% free throw shooting for the game. All in all, a good game, I just wish Marquis Daniels a full & quick recovery, you hate to see something like that happen to any player, regardless of which jersey they’re wearing.

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