Down five guys (Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Keyon Dooling, Mickael Pietrus, and Chris Wilcox) Boston attempted to slow down the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Dwight Howard and his Southeast Division leading Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Down five guys and 40% of the starting lineup many writers probably had this game recap written ahead of time predicting a Magic win over the Celtics.
Well, that is why they play the game!
Boston turned in a historic performance by defeating Orlando 87-56 and holding the Magic to a franchise low 56 points with just 16 made field goals. The Celtics allowed a franchise record low 25% shooting by the Magic. Boston was led by Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass with 19 points each. Kevin Garnett chipped in with a double double amassing 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The defensive numbers turned in by Boston are obscene especially given the Magic’s standing in the conference and the fact they were playing on two days rest.
With all due respect Boston started arguably two of the worst players on their roster, Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic, in the backcourt. That duo severely outplayed the Magic’s starting backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson. Nelson was shaken and stirred by the full court pressure of Bradley all night coughing up 5 of the Magic’s 23 turnovers. Orlando’s offense was never crisp as they got into their set late into the shot clock as a result of the Boston pressure.
I don’t think the Magic could play a more poor game if they tried. Every and everybody was off including Dwight Howard (18 points, 14 rebounds, on 4-15 from the floor). No other Magic player reached double digits. To put things in perspective, Ryan Anderson averages 17 points and 7 rebounds on the year.
He had 0 and 0 tonight.
Lost in the bizarre outcome of this game was the return of former Celtic, Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
Davis was honored for his contribution to the Celtics during a video tribute played in the midst of a timeout in the first quarter of the game. He was one of the few Magic players who played inspired grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with 6 points. While he was inspired he too was unable to get his shot going shooting just 2-9 from the field.
The win brings the Celtics to 7-9 and gives them their first victory over a team with a winning record.
The Magic will not have to wait long for a chance at redemption as they will face Boston again on Thursday. This time in Orlando.
The Celtics will have two days of rest to resusicatate their 5 wounded. If not the backcourt of the future Bradley and Pavlovic will be ready (I’m just kidding). Certainly lightning couldn’t strike twice.
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Written by Warren Shaw
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