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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Magic

Chuck - Red's Army November 25, 2012 Gametime, Previews 7 Comments

Tip: 6 PM     Court: Amway Center    Watch it: CSN  Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Dick Bavetta, Michael Smith and Josh Tiven

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The Matchup

 
Record: 7-6 Record: 5-7
On road: 3-3 At home: 4-2
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 2
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.8 ppg) Buckets: Aaron Afflalo (15.8 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.2 rpg) Boards: Glen Davis (8.9 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (13.5 apg) Dimes: Jameer Nelson (6.7 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 105.6 (11th NBA) Offensive Rating: 97.8 (29th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 107.0 (24th NBA) Defensive Rating: 101.4 (4th NBA)
Pace: 92.1 (17th NBA) Pace: 92.2 (15th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics have won 5 straight vs Orlando, including all three match-ups last season. One of the victories was a 31-point beat down and another included a comeback from a 27 point deficit. Rajon Rondo missed all three games last season due to injuries.

This time

Get it to: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett

Orlando rookie Moe Harkless will (attempt to) guard the Truth. The 19 year old Harkless is long and athletic, but very green. Garnett is opposed by second year center Nikola Vucevic, a “mediocre defender who fouls too much.” I see a big advantage for our Big 2.

Gotta stop: Aaron Afflalo

The Magic’s leading scorer (and big catch in the Dwight Howard deal) is having a decent season. According to the ESPN Insider scouting report, he’s a “tough wing with excellent outside shot and good handle; clever offensive player, much-improved finisher off the drive, draws fouls.

The Wild Card: The ex-Celtics

Did you know E’Twaun Moore is averaging 11 ppg and 29 mpg for the Magic? Props to John for seeing potential in Moore. Glen Davis is churning out 15 ppg and 9 rpg. He’s also averaging nearly 3 offensive rebounds per game. You just know these guys want to stick it to the Celtics.

How we see it goin’ down

The Celtics cannot sleep on Orlando. They are strong defensively and much better offensively when playing at home.

If the Celtics can channel 80% of the intensity we saw vs OKC, they’ll be able to beat the Magic.

BOS  99

ORL 94

 

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  • LAF

    the great kevin mchale’s daughter passed away at the tender age of 22. prayers and condolences are with the mchales.

  • Joseph

    Great pictures of Baby!

  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    Very sad news about Sasha McHale, I’m sure all C’s fans have Kevin & family in their prayers today.

    Besides winning, the only thing I care about in this game is that Bass outplays Baby. BB is due for a big game and hopefully it’s tonite. That pic of Baby and the trophy is very disturbing…

    • eddysamson

      If you think thats bad theres a .gif of Jessica Alba laying down seductively and then it morphs slowly into that pic of big baby…you’re lucky i dont feel like finding it at the moment

      • eddysamson

        acutally I take that back I found it in about 2 seconds….

        http://i47.tinypic.com/30nbwxt.gif

        • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

          I’m gonna pass on that….your earlier description almost made me lose my lunch.

          • eddysamson

            hey the Jessica Alba part of it is really nice :P