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Game 49: Magic (13-35) @ Celtics (15-33) Open Thread


Hello there, are you ready for some… basketball!

Orlando at Boston
1:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 98.1 points/100 possessions (T-26th)
98.5 points/100 possessions (24th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 103.4 points allowed/100 possessions (16th)
104.3 points allowed/100 possessions (18th)

Probable Magic Starters:
E’Twaun Moore (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Arron Afflalo (SF), Glen Davis (PF) & Nikola Vucevic (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Magic Basketball

Thumbnail: Well, here we are again. The Celtics are the only NBA team to play on each of the last three Super Bowl Sundays. In fact, they are hitting the hardwood for the sixth consecutive Super Bowl Sunday with all of those contests taking place at the Garden. The only other professional teams in North American to do that are the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens. For the third time in those six years, a Celtics-Magic game is serving as the preamble for the biggest game in the NFL.

Avery Bradley, who will return after a five-game absence, will look to have a better offensive performance than he did on Super Bowl Sunday in 2013. Although he did score a team-low four points that day against the Clippers, he made the biggest defensive play of the game. With just 26 seconds remaining, Bradley characteristically drew a charge on Jamal Crawford to preserve the Celtics’ two-point lead and eventually the victory.

Nikola Vucevic, who did not participate in the last meeting between the Celtics and Magic, will most likely see his most playing time since December. He missed 12 consecutive games, and 14 total, in January before returning Wednesday. The big man from Switzerland has 17 double-doubles in just 30 games played this season, two of which came against the Celtics in November. Although the Magic dropped both of those contests, Orlando is 9-8 this season when Vucevic records a double-double in comparison to a 2-16 record when he does not play.

Prediction: Rajon Rondo sets a new season-high in minutes played, and the Celtics avoid their longest home losing streak since the 2006-07 season.

Celtics 103, Magic 94

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  • hax

    Celtics win 96-89. Rondo and Sully grabbed double-doubles. Hopefully they can keep playing like they did in this game and show Danny he has 2 championship pieces already.

    • The Cardinal

      I didn’t see the game, but I saw the box score and saw that Wallace had a DNP. Was he hurt or did Coach Brad simply choose to take an extended look at Chris Johnson? I hope it’s the latter because I really think he would be a great minimum contract signee – the best since Shavlik.

      • hax

        hurt. I believe it’s minor.

        • hax

          Nevermind, completely forgot the reason. There was a death in his family, he went back to Alabama for the funeral. He’s back with the team but Stevens said he’d only play him if he was emotionally okay. Ignore the ‘injury’ I said above. <.<

  • Jim

    Rondo played his best game since his injury. All the starters looked good except for Jeff Green. Mixed emotions on winning since we are all thinking about draft picks these days.

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