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Game 17/66: Celtics (7-9) at Magic (12-5) Open Thread

 

Boston @ Orlando
8:00 PM
Amway Center
TNT

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.4 points/100 possessions (20th)
Orlando: 105.2 points/100 possessions (9th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.1 points/100 possessions (5th)  
Orlando: 100.7 points/100 possessions (12th)

Probable Magic Starters: Jameer Nelson (PG),  Jason Richardson (SG), Hedo Turkoglu (SF), Ryan Anderson (PF), Dwight Howard (C)

Injury Report:
Orlando: None. Boston:  Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo are out. Jermaine O’Neal is doubtful. Keyon Dooling and Chris Wilcox are game-time decisions but will likely play.

View From The Opposing Bench: Magic Basketball

THUMBNAIL

Celtics’ fans are going to have to come to grips with a lot of things this season.  One of them being the realization that the sultry Serb above will be starting at shooting guard for the foreseeable future (depending on the health of Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus).  The good news is that Sasha Pavlovic played really well on Monday night and should give fans a little hope going forward.  The bad news is that he also started in place of Paul Pierce while the C’s began the season with a hefty dose of suck.

Over the course of his parts-o-two-seasons in Boston, Pav has fared much better guarding shooting guards than he has guarding small forwards.  There probably isn’t enough data to actually make that conclusion valid (there isn’t) but we’re still riding high from Monday night’s drubbing of a good team! Right?!

As I said in today’s 5-on-5, I don’t think the Celtics are going to win this game.  I won’t think that until they show some kind of consistency in beating good teams.  My request to the C’s: Make me a believer.

PREDICTION
Celtics 89, Magic 96

  • someguyinsac

    I'm not sure we'll get the win, but if I see the effort like there was on Monday night I'll be giddy about it for sure.

  • I_Love_Green

    Is Threetrus playing or not?

    • hdavenport

      He's playing.

  • celticsforlife

    wait pietrus is playing?

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  • guest

    Well it looks like the 31 point sales pitch to D12 might be working after all…..

  • I_Love_Green

    Uh oh, KG starting at center.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Did a good job on Howard through the first couple minutes there.

  • CelticsBIG3

    LETS GO CELTICS, LETS GO CELTICS, LETS GO CELTICS!!!

  • CelticsBIG3

    What happened to Greg Dickerson?

  • IBleedGren

    AB makes me want to smash my TV. I don’t care how good he is defensively, he sucks so much on the other end that he doesn’t deserve to be in the NBA.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Only positives there are two fouls each on Anderson and Howard

  • I_Love_Green

    Ended the quarter on a 30-8 run and I feel like crying watching our offense. This is looking like the opposite of monday night.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Too many jumpshots from the green

  • Ryan DeGama

    Magic are trapping Pierce on pick and rolls and ISOs. If they shut him down, Boston's offense will just be a bunch of long jumpers on the offensive end.

    • CelticsBIG3

      would be nice to get some damn rebounds and put a body on people on the defensive end

  • I_Love_Green

    I'm really not a big Stiemsma fan anymore. Dude is awful.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Doesn't play enough for one thing. Hard to figure it out when you don't play.

    • LACelticFan

      Hopefully we are on to something and can be a lil more patient as he develops. He DOES need to hit the weight room badly. He is 6-11 and a soft 260. Really needs to get with a real trainer in the offseason. Strength is a necessary component to playing in the post.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Total garbage

  • I_Love_Green

    Alright I'm done for the night

  • Anthony

    OMG… seriously? SMH

  • skeeds

    wait, are we still in this game? cool!

  • Chris from Danvers

    Who needs Marshon Brooks??? E'tuan Moore, you were worth the pick.

    Hey, a Chris Wilcox sighting tonight. Nice.

  • CelticsBIG3

    come on celts

  • CelticsBIG3

    Difference between this team and orlando, when we went down tonight we didn't pack it in like they did in boston.

  • someguyinsac

    I'm getting giddy now!

  • Steve

    C’s coming alive late

  • skeeds

    ok I'm gonna say this now before we win or lose. That's Celtics ball baby! Just scare them off their own court!!! Captain shutting mouths, bench stepping up. I've seen all I needed to see to have faith in this group.

    KILL 'EM ALL C'S!!!!

  • guest

    I stopped watching after the first quarter but have been checking the score…..What the hell just happened?

    • CelticsBIG3

      We don't quit in these types of games like other teams do

  • CelticsBIG3

    Orlando forgot they were trapping pierce all night

  • CelticsBIG3

    Howard complains about EVERYTHING

  • someguyinsac

    Aw geez, he hit the floor hard.

  • Chris from Danvers

    Four blocks by KG…..looks like the old KG come back! Great defense.

  • someguyinsac

    What a game! Sad looking to start, but an awesome come back win!

  • I_Love_Green

    OH MY GOD WE ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BACK!!!!!!!

    • JCP

      I thought you called it a night? I really wanted to make a snide remark about your surprise when you woke up tomorrow and saw the score… but I won't.

      • I_Love_Green

        I ALWAYS call it a night. Only to go upstairs turn on the TV and keep watching. Seriously I stopped watching for like 2 minutes tonight. Its very difficult for me to not watch the Celtics no matter what.

  • skeeds

    YEAH BABY!!!
    We just mauled the Magic WITHOUT A CENTER!

  • tomrod

    Yeeeeees

  • ripsonics

    ARE YOU KIDDING!

    TWO IN A ROW. DONE THROUGH DEFENSE. P IS BACK. LET'S GO TO INDY AND GET A W.

    GO C'S

    • I_Love_Green

      GO TO BOSTON AND GET A W YOU MEAN

      • ripsonics

        YES! THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I MEANT!

        GO C'S

  • Batman

    WE NEED REVENGE ON INDY
    SMUG PRICKS

    • I_Love_Green

      I'll lose my mind if we win tomorrow. Especially if we run with the same lineup. But hey, I've doubted our chances two straight games and they've proven me wrong both times.

      I just want Rondo back though ):

  • CelticsBIG3

    Feelin great about all this. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME I love watchin these guys gut out games!!

  • High Rollers

    Only differential worth tracking is teamwork.

  • guest

    Thinking about joining the Celtics NOW Dwight?

  • Jamie

    Wow…Etwan Moore had a +27!

  • High Rollers

    If I were on Twitter this would be filed under #breakthrough

  • Anthony

    Lucky I kept watching. Really felt bad for Pierce in the 1st Half. Orlando was trapping him and he made the right passes, but to all the wrong ppl. Camera cut to him at least 3-4 times and all you can see is Pierce urging his teammates to "come on". That's why you dont trade away our captain.

    Nice to see Big Baby miss 3-4 shots on consecutive possessions while Bass hit 2 of 3 while grabbing a couple of crucial rebounds and forced a Hedo turnover late in the game.

    i had faith in Bradley before the game but was a bit disgusted by 2 airball, 2 bonehead turnovers, 2 botched layups, allowing a Nelson layup on the inbound, jumping mid-court with noone to pass to….SMH. Just too many mistakes. Etwaun Moore just moved ahead of Bradley on the rotation. Nice to see the rookie getting some good mins.

    Apologize for the rambling but still feeling hyper from a great comeback victory.

    • red

      rotation is not going to change because of one good game .we really need rondo back and when rondo comes back he must stop gambling for steals the defense has actually been better with him on the bench.being able to play both a confident Moore and a confident Bradley together on the second unit is really going to help this team.Dooling because of injuries is quickly becoming the odd man out .

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