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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Magic

Chuck - Red's Army November 8, 2013 Previews 5 Comments

Tip: 7pm     Court: Amway Center     Watch it: CSNNE    Hear it: 98.5 Sports Hub

Referees: Tony Brothers, Steven Anderson, Tre Maddox

Spread: BOS +6 (o/u 191)

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The Matchup

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Record: 1-4 Record: 3-2
On road: 0-3 At home: 3-0
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 3
 
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Jeff Green (17.0 ppg) Buckets: Arron Afflalo (18.8 ppg)
Boards: Vitor Faverani (6.4 rpg) Boards: N. Vucevic (13.2 rpg)
Dimes: Jordan Crawford (3.0 apg) Dimes: Jameer Nelson (6.6 apg)
 
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 96.7 (27th NBA) Offensive Rating: 104.0 (11th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 101.1 (10th NBA) Defensive Rating: 97.2 (4th NBA)
Pace: 92.5 (25th NBA) Pace: 97.4 (12th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics swept the Magic 3-0 last season. We’ll see Orlando again Monday at the Garden.

This time

Get it to: Jeff, er, Gerald, er… How about Jared Sullinger?

Do you have confidence in any one player’s offensive game? The team’s offensive numbers are hideous. The Celtics are dead last in PPG, 28th in turnovers and 26th in 3FG%. Let’s go with Jared Sullinger because… I said so.

Gotta stop: Nikola Vucevic

The 23-year old 7-footer is off to a fantastic start. He’s averaging 17.8 and 13.2 rpg with a 24.90 PER. He’s coming off a 30 and 21 performance against the Clippers. According to Hoops Habit, Vucevic has “an array of post moves now, including fade away jumpers, improved footwork, and most importantly, he’s a big man who can hit free throws (75% this season).” Gulp.

Good luck, Vitor and Kelly.

The Wild Card: Jordan Crawford

It appears Brad Stevens will start Crawford once again at PG. Stop laughing for a moment at look at his numbers: 8 assists, 1 turnover in his last 52 minutes on the court. Now it’s not like Stevens is asking Crawford to be Rajon Rondo, but the guy is playing smart basketball. And he averaged 20.7 points and 59.5 percent shooting while making eight of 14 from 3-point range in the three games against Orlando last season

How we see it goin’ down

Can the Celtics string together TWO wins? Are the Magic capable of winning FOUR straight?

I fear that Nikola Vucevic will have his way with the Celtics front line and when the defense collapses, Arron Affalo, Jamer Nelson and Victor Oladipo will unleash a barrage of three-pointers. As a team, Orlando is shooting 41% from three. Add in the fact that the Magic are playing some very good defense and I don’t like the Celtics chances.

BOS 92

ORL 99

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  • Curt Hays

    Chuck, you’ve got it all wrong…Brad Stevens isn’t losing anymore. Wins from here on out!

  • Step

    I just want a win so I don’t have to hear a Gerald Wallace rant after the game..lol.

  • eddysamson

    Woah I almost forgot about these things, why haven’t you guys done any others yet this season?

    Also on the game…I am guessing Vitor will get a start just to see how he handles Vucevic, if its not good, I expect him to sit again.

  • frickenWaaaltah

    They should put everything into trying to win tonight; just forget about tomorrow and if they catch Miami napping, that’s probably the only way they’d get a win anyway.

    They need to get their mid-range front court shooting going to open things up for Jeff, Gerald, AB, and anyone else interested in scoring points at the rim. Bass, Sully, and Kelly have the range and they need to use it. Sully and Kelly touching the ball should help improve the offensive flow, because they are very court-aware players.

    I mean wow check out Kelly’s shot chart so far:
    http://vorped.com/bball/index.php/player/page/1573-Kelly-Olynyk

    What the heck? I mean we know he has better range than that, right? This would really be a good night to try it out. He could pull Vook off the basket at 5, or shoot over Maxiel at 4.

    Or maybe they need that mid-range shooting because they just won’t get much from inside tonight: Orlando is 3rd best in the league so far at opponent’s points in the paint, and they have played Indy, the Clippers, Minnesota, and Brooklyn.

    On defense, forget about help defense tonight. The Magic are an old school inside-outside team again. One way to beat those teams is to stick with man to man defense all night long. You never leave their 3 point shooters alone, and you never even want to sag off of them. They have good man to man options for Oladippo in AB and Lee especially. It should limit their easy shots, and slow their scoring pace down in general.

    Turnovers: the C’s are 3rd in turnovers per game now at 19.8 (0-5 Utah is tied for first with, strangely, 4-1 Golden State at 20.2). But Orlando is not good at protecting the ball either; they are 12th from the bottom at 17.2. It’s kind of that the league is off to it’s usual sloppy start in November, but still the opportunity is there for the C’s to do significantly better, and also for them to force some turnovers and get some transition baskets. Crawford may really help limit turnovers as a point, but Stevens should still play AB at the 2 to force opposing turnovers. The Magic are 22nd in scoring points off of turnovers; the Celtics are actually 7th, so it’s a relative strength of theirs in a year where relative strengths may be hard to come by.

  • GreenbirdCro

    1-on-1 defense
    run, run, run… attack the rim
    in half-sets all chips down low to ware down Nikola and maybe foul him out
    on D glass key word: box out, guards should scoop rebs