Post-game Reactions

http://celticshub.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Bradley.jpgOrlando at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden


Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 95.5 points/100 possessions (25th)
98.3 points/100 possessions (20th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (T-11th)
94.9 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)

Probable Magic Starters:
Jameer Nelson (PG), Arron Afflalo (SG), Maurice Harkless (SF), Jason Maxiell (PF) & Nikola Vucevic (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Magic Basketball

Thumbnail: And we are in the midst of a Boston Celtics three…game…winning…streak! How often did you think you’d be reading that about the Rondo-less Celtics? Now that he got those pesky NBA losses out of the way, Brad Stevens finds his team one game out of second place in the Eastern Conference. With the Celtics on pace for 78-4, they head into the beginning of a three-game homestand. In fact, this is the team’s first stretch of two or more home contests in a row this season.

When the Celtics faced the Magic at the Amway Center on Friday, they entered the game winless on the road while Orlando owned an undefeated 3-0 home record. Entering Monday night, it is the reverse for the Magic: Jacque Vaughn’s squad is 0-3 on the road this season.

Although he was in foul trouble for most of Saturday, former Magic forward Brandon Bass had a team-high 16 points in the Celtics victory three days ago. He now owns a 7-0 record against Orlando since he came to Boston. In addition, he has scored in double figures in six of those seven contests. As a Celtic, Bass has been scoring about 10 points per game, but he has stepped it up for when he faces his old team: he has averaged more than 14 points in those seven games against the Magic.

Another man in green who has fared well against Orlando, specifically Jameer Nelson, is Avery Bradley. Once again, his swarming defense forced the Magic point guard into a bad game on Friday. Nelson committed a whopping seven turnovers, which tied his career-high. In addition, he took 60 percent of his shots from downtown and missed seven of those nine attempts from 3-point distance.

Prediction: The Celtics continue their league-best 3-point defense (their opponents are shooting 28 percent from deep this season) en route to their 10th consecutive victory against the Magic.

Celtics 97, Magic 94

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  • CelticsBIG3

    4 games straight anyone? What a nice unexpected gift this has been.

    • someguyinsac

      I was going to bite my tongue and not jinx that idea, but since you mentioned something about it first, I won't. It would be really cool to have that happen, since I didn't expect one until at least next season and I can only hope that it happens for them and us.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Man Jordan Crawford is BALLIN in his role as starting point guard. He is becoming what nobody thought he was, a guy who scores in loads AND is unselfish.

  • The Cardinal

    Looking at how quickly this team has improved over 7.5 games, seeing how quickly Coach Brad has figured out his personnel and adjusted his system, and looking at the across the board parity in the league, it's not too much of a stretch to believe that the C's could be a number 5 or 6 seed in the East. This is why they play games – "one never knows, do one?"*

    * Fats Waller

    • CelticsBIG3

      Like Mike Gorman just said, these guys are really believing in each other. It's going to be extremely difficult to want these guys to lose a lot. I personally don't even believe in the tank. We tried the tank in 2006-07, and although the outcome was landing Ray and Kevin, we ended up with the 5th pick in the draft that season. Only Memphis had a worse record than us that season and Seattle (OKC) actually won 31 games to our 24 and Portland won 32 games; and ended up with the number 2 and 1 picks respectively. So in my opinion, screw tanking because it never seems to pay off. Win as much as possible so you don't develop a losing culture like you find in cities like Atlanta and Charlotte.

      • The Cardinal

        Amen to that.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Man they are COOKING. This is really enjoyable to watch. I was sad to see KG and Pierce go, but watching young guys rip up and down the floor is awesome.

  • The Cardinal

    The guys are oozing confidence tonight

  • CelticsBIG3

    Ya that was awesome. Who would of that this team would be GENUINELY more fun to watch than last years group that looked so promising? I figured there would be some fun stuff to see, but man, it sure is easy to score a lot of points when your gameplan is to run and move the ball as opposed to isolating a 36 year old every trip up the floor (~cough~ Doc Rivers ~cough~).

  • roadsidenotes

    My prediction: sometime in the future, Doc Rivers is looked at like Bill Fitch. Sure, he won a title, but look at the players he had!

    Case in point: Stevens is starting Jordan Crawford at PG and getting responsible play out of him. Rivers couldn't accomplish the second and didn't even try the first.