ORLANDO MAGIC VS. BOSTON CELTICS


GameNight Specifics
NBA Coverage: Game Info
Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Amway Center (ORLANDO, FL)
Radio: FM 96.5 and AM 580 WDBO, AM 1270 WRLZ
Television: TNT



PROJECTED MATCHUPS

LINEUPS MAY CHANGE BY GAME TIME


TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
CELTICS
Rajon Rondo

Ray Allen

Jermaine O'Neal

Kevin Garnett

Paul Pierce

Brandon Bass
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Ryan Anderson

Hedo Turkoglu

J.J. Redick





















GAME PREVIEW


ORLANDO – For the Orlando Magic, Boston’s TD Garden has recently been the site of so many memories – both good and bad.

There was, of course, the second round of the 2009 NBA playoffs when the Magic stormed into Boston and won a Game 7 that put them in the Eastern Conference Finals.

A year later, things didn’t go as pleasantly as the Celtics eliminated the Magic from the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston and ended Orlando’s hopes of a second consecutive NBA Finals run.

But now, after a Monday massacre in Boston, there’s another episode to add to the Magic’s memory bank. And it could be some time before they are able to wipe this one from the psyches.

The Magic were historically woeful on Monday night, setting all-time franchise lows for points scored in a game (56), points in a half (20), field goals in a game (16) and shooting percentage (24.6 percent) in an 87-56 loss to the Celtics.

The good news for the Magic (12-5) is that they get another shot at the Celtics (7-9) on Thursday and another shot at wiping the memory of the 56-point nightmare out of their minds. This game will be at the Amway Center and on national television, and the Magic can’t wait to redeem themselves against the Celtics.

``Like I told the guys, `That game is over with now and we can’t get this game back again,’ but what we can do get the next game against them,’’ said Magic superstar center Dwight Howard, who became the Magic’s all-time leading scorer on Tuesday in Indiana and will be honored before Thursday’s game. ``There’s no need to hang our heads about that (Boston) loss because we’ve been playing great basketball other than this subpar game. We just have to learn from it and be better next time.’’

Next time comes on Thursday when there will be no place for the Magic to go but up against the Celtics. On Monday, Orlando actually trailed 34-33 with 3:01 to play in the first half before the bottom fell out. The Magic scored just 36 points in the first half, had only 10 points in the third and fourth quarters and turned the ball over 25 times. The third quarter was especially poor as the Magic shot just two of 11 and turned the ball over nine times.

``Because of the pressure we really went sideways and instead of executing better and making the extra pass and getting to third and fourth options, we panicked,’’ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. ``It became a one-on-one game and one-on-one they dominated us. It didn’t start well and it got worse as the game went on.’’

The Magic bounced back in a big way on Tuesday night by beating the much-improved Indiana Pacers in impressive fashion. The Magic got contributions from practically everyone on the roster, made 16 3-pointers and authored a solid defensive effort over the final three quarters of the 102-83 victory in Indiana.

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