Boston: 100.4 points/100 possessions (20th)
Orlando: 105.2 points/100 possessions (9th)
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)
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
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.
Celtics 89, Magic 96