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Advancement On the Mend?

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Thursday, May 14, 2009
7:00 pm ET
Amway Arena (Orlando, FL)

The fourth quarter of Game 5 was gut-check time, and the Celtics
answered the call. Trailing by as many as 14 points in the final frame,
Boston rallied behind a hot streak from Stephon Marbury and pulled out
a monster four-point victory to give them the 3-2 series lead.

If Tuesday night's victory was any indication, the Celtics are not
going to win ballgames if they fail to get stops. The hot story of the
fourth quarter may have been the return of "Starbury," but that's not
the top reason for the victory. Ray Allen and Marbury can hit all the
shots they want, but the Celtics do not have a series advantage without
the defense to back the offense. The key of the comeback was that
Boston buckled down and got multiple stops.

From the timeout Doc Rivers took at the 8:49 mark of the fourth quarter
to the final buzzer, Orlando was held to just 11 points. Those stops
opened up room for transition success, and the "50-50 game" was
severely in Boston's favor throughout that stretch. That was the
difference, and that's what the Celtics need to do for four quarters
every night. As long as they take care of the defense and the hustle,
the offense will follow.

Tonight, Orlando will have their backs against the wall on their home
floor. With Boston in the driver's seat, Game 6 is a win or go home
situation for Dwight Howard and the Magic. Will they get the job done
and force the Celtics to play their fourth Game 7 of the past two
postseasons, or will the men in green play inspired basketball on both
ends of the floor and set up a date with Cleveland in the Eastern
Conference Finals?

Let's hope for the latter. Go get 'em, boys!

Regular Season Record: 62-20
Eastern Conference Seed: 2
Conference Quarterfinals Result: BOS 4, CHI 3

Projected Starters

Series Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (19.8)
RPG: Kendrick Perkins (11.2)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.0)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (2.0)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (2.2)

Regular Season Record: 59-23
Eastern Conference Seed: 3
Conference Quarterfinals Result: ORL 4, PHI 2

Projected Starters

Series Leaders
PPG: Rashard Lewis (20.8)
RPG: Dwight Howard (16.4)
APG: Rafer Alston (5.0)
SPG: Rafer Alston (1.8)
BPG: Dwight Howard (2.2)

Injury Report
Kevin Garnett (right knee – out)
Leon Powe (torn ACL – out)
Jameer Nelson (torn right labrum – out)

Keys to Victory

  • Attack, Attack, Attack
  • Sense of Urgency
  • Close Off Penetration
  • Control the Defensive Glass
  • Take Care of the Ball
  • Avoid Foul Trouble

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  • I like the fact that there has been all this smack talk-it makes for a better game. I still think the Celtics win this series because of their poise and experience. Alot of other teams would not have pulled out some of the wins we have. Let’s see what the Magic’s pr people hand out tonight. Those noisemakers were the gayest thing I’ve seen since Frodo and Sam.

  • think Joakim noah has put the celtics series behind him? hahaha

  • Lakerhater

    I’m pretty sure that’s actually Brad Miller he’s holding in the photo.

  • Lakerhater

    There handing out fat heads of the fat kid and his dad to waive around behind the backboard on foulshots tonight.

  • haha! Nice…

  • Nora

    Celtic literally refuse to win in less then 7 games in the first 2 rounds. I don’t get it.

  • NineSevenEight

    Celtics had every opportunity to win this-no doubt. They killed themselves with their careless, CARELESS turnovers. But what do you know? Orlando+Stan Van Gundy=Foul trouble for the visitors. They couldn’t take advantage of the poor, POOR FT shooting by the Magic.
    On that note…………..
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team that whines more than the Magic. They complained EVERY time down the court like they weren’t living at the free throw line all night. 31-13 deficit. TWENTY EIGHT FOULS CALLED ON THE CELTICS! FIFTEEN FOR THE MAGIC! This is the playoffs. It’s physical, but if you can’t call it LOPSIDED. I would understand the free throw discrepancy if the fouls called was close. BUT A THIRTEEN FOUL DIFFERENCE?!?! I guess the Magic used their “invisibility” superman cloaks. And I’m convinced Dick Bavetta ONLY has eyes for Perkins.