Denton: Magic vs. Celtics Analysis (11/11/13)


By John Denton
Nov. 11, 2013

BOSTON -- The Orlando Magic shot 45.9 percent from the floor, buried seven 3-pointers and got to the free throw line 23 times with 20 makes – good enough numbers to win most NBA games.

The problem, however, was a poor defensive night, something that was shocking to the Magic considering that their ability to get stops and frustrate foes has been a big strength so far in this young season.

Orlando entered Monday’s rematch with the Boston Celtics ranked second in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage, but it had few answers on Monday night at the TD Garden. The rebuilding Celtics shot greater than 60 percent most of the night and were much more physical inside in a 120-105 defeat of Orlando.

``We did a poor job tonight. They made a lot of shots and you have to credit them, but we just couldn’t find a way to stop them,’’ Magic small forward Maurice Harkless said. ``They shot like 65 percent (most of the night) or something crazy like that and they were hot. There was just nothing that we could do.’’



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