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Chuck - Red's Army February 7, 2010 Uncategorized 3 Comments on Celtics/Magic Game Preview


Celtics (32-16) at Magic (33-17)

Game time: 2:30pm, TD Garden, TV – ABC. Radio – WEEI-AM (850).

Team Leaders

Bos: Pierce – 18.9                  Magic: Dwight Howard – 17.8 

Bos: Perkins – 8.2                  Magic: Dwight Howard – 13.4

Bos: Rondo – 9.8                    Magic: Jameer Nelson – 4.7

Who'll go off:  Rajon Rondo. The kid is averaging 19 points and 12 assists in his last four games. I also like Paul Pierce today. Call me crazy for picking the guy who has missed the last two games with a sore foot, but I trust the captain will be on the floor and chomping at the bit to avenge Orlando's 96-94 win on Jan. 28.

Who needs to be stopped:  Dwight Howard. Despite struggling offensively in his first 3 games against Boston this season, Howard dominated the paint in the 4th quarter (11 of 19 points) of the last game. 

The C's will lose if…  they don't… defend the perimeter, push the ball and stay out of foul trouble. ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg has the stats to back up these points.

Miscellaneous:  The Magic lead the Celtics 2-1 in the season-series. A win would mean the Magic would hold the playoff
tiebreaker against Boston. The Magic are coming off a 92-91 loss to the Wizards on Friday night. Vince Carter is shooting a career low 38%.

Prediction:   Celtics 93 – Orlando 79

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  • If Pierce starts bringing the ball up himself and going 1 on 1 at the end of quarters and the games im gonna be livid…get back to playing within the offense paul

  • Sam

    I’ll join you in going livid. They’ve been better in the fourth when they haven’t done that and in say the last three games when they haven’t been able to to it.
    I expect Rondo to off as well. Attack, attack. I can’t say that enough stats also show when we attack them in transition we beat them.

  • Orlando Magic 2009 2010 Champs

    So much beating us in a today. Matter of fact I don’t think you guys will face us in the 2nd round. Good luck getting out the 1st round & if you do We be sure to knock you guys out in 4 or 5 games