ORLANDO MAGIC AT BOSTON CELTICS


GameNight Specifics
NBA Coverage: Game Info
Date: Monday, January 23
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: TD Garden (BOSTON, MA)
Radio: FM 96.5 and AM 580 WDBO, AM 1270 WRLZ
Television: Sun Sports, NBA TV



PROJECTED MATCHUPS

LINEUPS MAY CHANGE BY GAME TIME


TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Ryan Anderson

Hedo Turkoglu

J.J. Redick
CELTICS
Rajon Rondo

Ray Allen

Jermaine O'Neal

Kevin Garnett

Paul Pierce

Brandon Bass





















PREGAME INFO


Last Season’s Results: The Celtics won the season series, 2-1, with each team triumphing on their home court.

Dec. 25: Just a few days after last season’s two blockbuster trades, the Magic prevailed behind a stifling defensive performance

Jan. 17: Dwight Howard registered 33 points and 13 rebounds and four other Magic players scored in double figures, but the Celtics pulled out a thrilling victory at TD Garden

Feb. 6: It was Super Bowl Sunday and Dwight Howard delivered a super effort (28 points, 13 rebounds), but it was Boston who shined at the end.

Key Matchup: Ryan Anderson vs. Kevin Garnett

It’s essential for Anderson to have good games when he squares off with any of the other elite power forwards in the NBA. It’s a way to boost his confidence and show him that he can compete one-on-one against anyone.

While KG is not quite the same player he once was, he is still a force, especially on the defensive end. It would also be encouraging to know that Anderson can achieve what his predecessor, Rashard Lewis, struggled with and that is outmatch Garnett.

Instant Analysis: It remains a mystery whether the Celtics are just not conditioned and motivated yet or if they are simply too old and too overwhelmed by championship expectations.

Boston has gotten off to a meager start and with trade rumors swirling regarding the Celtics’ Big Three, a win for Orlando on Monday and then again on Thursday when the two rivals meet at Amway Center would be another step to try and break up one of the Magic’s biggest challengers in the East.

Other Notables: The Magic have won six of the last nine regular season matchups with the Celtics overall. Orlando has won nine of the last 11 meetings at home and three of the last five matchups in Boston.




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