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Game 14: Celtics (7-6) @ Magic (5-7) Open Thread

 

Boston @ Orlando
6:00 PM
Amway Center
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 105.6 points/100 possessions (11th)
Orlando: 97.8 points/100 possessions (29th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 107.0 points/100 possessions (24th)  
Orlando: 101.4 points/100 possessions (4th)

Probable Magic Starters: Jameer Nelson (PG),  Aaron Afflalo (SG), Moe Harkless (SF),Glen Davis (PF), Nikola Vucevic(C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Magic Basketball

THUMBNAIL

The Celtics arrive in Orlando tonight to face a Magic squad riding a bit of momentum themselves, with a two-game winning streak in hand, during a five-game home stand for Jacque Vaughn’s crew. Most fans will paying attention to former Celtic and now Magic captain Big Baby tonight, but keep your eyes on Celtic castoff E’Twaun Moore as well. The former Purdue star who Danny Ainge dumped to acquire Courtney Lee in July, has been quite an offensive threat for Orlando early, playing point guard off the bench and also filling in quite well for an injured Jameer Nelson a few weeks back as well.

Moore is averaging just over 10 points per game, is shooting nearly 44 percent from beyond the arc  all while playing just under 30 minutes per game. After being glued to the bench for the majority of the 2011-12 season under Doc Rivers, expect Moore to be itching to prove the C’s wrong for choosing to trade him away this offseason.

As far as the team matchup goes, Orlando should be an interesting test for Boston on both sides of the floor. They boost a top-5 defense to date, which is somewhat misleading due to an easy early schedule. Boston will have plenty of matchups to exploit against Orlando all over the floor, but Harkless guarding Pierce will be an interesting matchup to watch as athleticism faces off with a veteran’s savvy.

On the other side of the floor, the Magic really do struggle to put the ball in the basket. Boston took some baby steps forward in their defensive effort against the explosive Thunder Friday night, but tonight will be a good test against an inferior defensive team to see if Boston can sustain their momentum and limit their mistakes on the defensive end.

 Prediction: Celtics 98, Magic 88

  • http://CelticsHub.com Brendan Jackson

    Prediction is holding true so far. This might be the first hit of the season!

    • CelticsBIG3

      Letting the score slip a little right now. Gear up C's

  • WTF

    Wow, what two different halves!

  • The Cardinal

    The 3rd quarter demonstrates the C's have an ego problem.The Celtics continue to believe that they can coast against perceived weaker opponents when in fact, those opponents confidence is at an all time high against the C's.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Tommy Heinsohn just mentioned just that, in particular to the play where Pierce ALLOWED Harkless to drain an uncontested three. #Cantdothat

    • Josh_5

      Couldn't agree more. They deserve to play extra minutes and get gassed if they dont wanna put in the hard work initially. Maybe next time they will have some humility and play hard for 48 minutes. I want to chew more ass, but a win is a win.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Way too many minutes for key guys to beat Orlando…

  • WTF

    The Cs are supposed to crush the likes of Nelson, Ridick, BBD, McRoberts like they did in the first half. Instead they allowed the Magic not only back in the game, but gave them the run for the money and a tiring OT on the old bodies of KG, PP. The same problem for the past few years, why did not Doc manage to correct this issue?

  • elroz

    Man, Green is one inconsistent, unreliable guy…he goes 0-9 while the previous game he had 17 points.

    Is this going to be a constant or is he just getting back to form? I have no idea.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I'll go with a constant. He is pretty sucky in general. Whenever he starts backing a guy down I cringe.

    • Phil

      This is pretty much who he is. He's fully capable of putting up big performances, but there's a reason that the contract was almost unanimously called ridiculous right after it was reported. He's just not a consistently good player, and hasn't been since he came into the league.

  • Morpheus

    What we’re seeing with Green now is what we’ll unfortunately see with him in 2-3 years time. Danny F’d up with Green. Thank God for amnesty.

  • Morpheus

    And he has one of the worst post games in the entire league I do not know why he even tries to back anyone down with that crap.

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