What the hell just happened?
The Celtics unleashed a defensive buzz saw tonight on the Orlando Magic. The final score: 87-56.
A Celtics team missing FIVE rotation players beat down the 11-win Magic. A Celtics team on the second night of back-to-back games throttled a team that hadn't played in two days. This was supposed to be the lock of all locks. Not in our house!
Kevin Garnett and Avery Bradley are the defensive stars of the game. KG turned back the clock to 2008. He, along with some help from Jermaine O'Neal, SHUT DOWN Dwight Howard (4-15 FG, 10-18 FT). Anyone else unimpressed with Howard's offensive game? Will he ever learn decent post moves?
Avery Bradley embarrassed Jameer Nelson with his ball-hawking defense. Bradley made Nelson look like a high school kids. There were times Nelson couldn't get the ball over half court. He routinely started the Magic offense from near mid court.
The Magic had more turnovers (25) than baskets (16). They shot 24%.
Glen Davis had 6 points (2-9 FG) in his return to the Garden. The crowd gave him a decent ovation.
Could this be the game that jump starts the Celtics?