The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic on Monday night. Now the Celtics, who looked like they were going to be the NBA’s underdogs, are tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Atlantic Division. (more)
The Boston Celtics agreed to a sign-and-trade deal this afternoon that will send free agent forward Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis to the Orlando Magic for forward Brandon Bass.
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Dwight Howard controlled the inside game with 21 points and 10 rebound to lead his Orlando Magic to a decisive 113-92 victory over the Boston Celtics yesterday at the Amway Arena. After being down 3-0 before Monday’s contest in Boston, the Magic have been able to regroup and claim the next two games and force the series to continue.
“I don’t know if you can say you have momentum when you’re down 3-2 going into their place,” said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. “I still look at it like we’re climbing a huge mountain here. But we are playing better.” Jameer Nelson has really stepped up his game lately, producing 24 points last night while dishing out five assists. JJ Redick was phenomenal off the bench, netting 2-of-3 behind the arc to earn 14 points during his 22 minutes on the floor.
The Celtics are still confident despite their recent struggles. Glen Davis, Marquis Daniels and Kendrick Perkins are all questionable for Game 6 due to injuries and possible suspensions. In light of the sudden change in momentum, the veteran lineup is still aware of their favored position up 3-2 at home. “We’ve been here before, it’s nothing new,” said Ray Allen. “It’s nothing that worries me. This is basketball, this is what it’s all about, being resilient and being there for your teammates. This is what we do.” Celtics vs. Magic Playoff tickets are now available!
Dwight Howard racked up 32 points and 16 rebounds to lift his Orlando Magic past the Boston Celtics 96-92 yesterday at the TD Garden in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The OT victory will prolong the series with Game 5 set for Orlando this Wednesday. The C’s are still confident with their 3-1 lead despite the recent shift in momentum. “There’s no need to panic. We like the position we’re in,” said Ray Allen following his 22 point performance. “But it’s a lesson: We have to take care of the small things and we’ll get to where we want to be.”
If the Celtics are able to claim victory at the Amway Arena they will have a few days to prepare for their next opponent in the NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers currently lead the Phoenix Suns 2-1 in the West with Game 4 scheduled for tonight at 9:00 PM. The NBA just recently released the possible championship series schedules. Depending on how the Conference matchups play out, the Finals will either begin on Tuesday, June 1st or Thursday, June 3rd. Don’t miss your chance to witness the Boston Celtics continue their journey for Banner #18.
Scenario 1 Schedule: If the Celtics and Lakers end their series in five games or less)
Game 1: Tuesday, June 1 – Celtics at Lakers, 9 p.m.
Game 2: Thursday, June 3 – Celtics at Lakers, 9 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, June 6 – Lakers at Celtics, 8 p.m.
Game 4: Tuesday, June 8 – Lakers at Celtics, 9 p.m.
Game 5*: Thursday, June 10 – Lakers at Celtics, 9 p.m.
Game 6*: Sunday, June 13 – Celtics at Lakers, 8 p.m.
Game 7*: Tuesday, June 15 – Celtics at Lakers, 9 p.m.
Scenario 2 Schedule: If either the Eastern or Western Conference Finals advance to a Game 6
Game 1: Thursday, June 3 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.
Game 2: Sunday, June 6 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 8 p.m.
Game 3: Tuesday, June 8 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.
Game 4: Thursday, June 10 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.
Game 5*: Sunday, June 13 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 8 p.m.
Game 6*: Tuesday, June 15 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.
Game 7*: Thursday, June 17 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.
Paul Pierce scored 28 points and Rajon Rondo contributed 25 to lift their Boston Celtics past the Orlando Magic 95-92 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night at the Amway Arena. The Celtics now lead the series 2-0 with the next two contests set for the TD Garden. Despite claiming the early advantage, the veteran C’s lineup is aware of what they’re up against in the games ahead.
“Just think our mindset was to be ready for the type of intensity they would bring after losing at home,” said Pierce. “We know the Magic are a talented team and we won’t take these two wins for granted…Our fans won’t let us relax. We’re going to try and close it out in four games.” Behind Pierce and Rondo for the Celtics was Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins with 20 points combined in the paint. Perk fouled out early, resulting in Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis to pick up crucial minutes down the stretch.
Dwight Howard was stellar for the Magic with 30 points and eight rebounds despite coming up short again at home. Vince Carter and J.J. Redick produced 16 apiece. Carter had the opportunity to pull the Magic to 1 with a pair of free throws in the final seconds. After failing to hit both Orlando was able to come up with the rebound off KG’s missed jumper, where Jameer Nelson launched a prayer that grazed the net infront of the rim to send the series to Boston. Games 3 and 4 are scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd and Monday, May 24th.
Kevin Garnett came alive with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Boston Celtics past the top ranked Cleveland Cavaliers last night at the TD Garden in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The Celts will continue their run with hopes to claim the East over the Orlando Magic. The seven-game series is set to kick off Sunday, May 16th at 3:30 PM. Meanwhile, LeBron James will once again make an early exit and watch the later rounds with his regular season MVP trophy by his side.
There’s no telling where LeBron will end up on next season. Many have speculated for ‘the King’ to discuss potential contracts with Cleveland, Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Miami. “I want to win. That’s my only thing, my only concern,” said James. “I’ve always prided myself – it’s all about winning for me and I think the Cavs are committed to doing that. But at the same time, I’ve given myself options to this point. Me and my team, we have a game plan that we’ll execute and we’ll see where we’re at.”
The Celtics are currently in top form during the most crucial time of the season. Everyone from the Big 3, Rondo and down played to their job description and more. Yesterday’s heroics were supplied by Tony Allen and Rasheed Wallace with 23 points combined off the bench. Allen was also able force nine turnovers out of James while gathering three steals for himself.
“Winning is gratifying,” said Garnett. “You’re playing the best team in basketball; the challenge is there; you don’t have to dress it up. One thing we don’t lack is confidence. We’re a veteran team and we understand when it’s time to lock in as a group. I think we did just that. I think the experience is taking over.”
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Game 1: Sunday, May 16 Boston at Orlando, 3:30 PM
Game 2: Tuesday, May 18 Boston at Orlando, 8:30 PM
Game 3: Saturday, May 22 Orlando at Boston, 8:30 PM
Game 4: Monday, May 24 Orlando at Boston, 8:30 PM
Game 5: Wednesday, May 26 Boston at Orlando, 8:30 PM
Game 6: Friday, May 28 Orlando at Boston, 8:30 PM
Game 7: Sunday, May 30 Boston at Orlando, 8:30 PM
The Orlando Magic featured five players in double features in Monday’s 118-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers away at Conseco Fieldhouse. Vince Carter led the heavy offensive campaign, scoring 21 as Jameer Nelson followed up with 15 points and eight assists. Rashard Lewis, Matt Barnes and Dwight Howard contributed a combined 39 for the rest of the starters. JJ Redick and Ryan Anderson came off the bench for 11 and 10, respectively.
This marks the Magic’s fifth consecutive victory with post-season play just around the corner. “Orlando is a superior basketball team in every sense of the word,” said Indiana Coach Jim O’Brien. “They’ll be a tough out for anybody in the playoffs. They will possibly be there at the end this year.”
Orlando has the #2 spot in the East wrapped up heading into their last regular season contest against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. They will likely matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats next week in the first round of the playoffs. Purchase your Orlando Magic post-season tickets with us at Ace!
Dwight Howard controlled the paint with 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead his Orlando Magic to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers 96-94 Sunday at the Amway Arena. Vince Carter posted 25 poinst as Jameer Nelson contributed for 15. Kobe Bryant put up 34 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals, despite missing his final attempt at the buzzer for LA to suffer their third loss in a row.
Yesterday’s NBA Finals regular season rematch was full of emotion. It was evident that both teams were desperate to gain the extra edge heading into the last few weeks of the regular season. “You could see it in everybody’s faces and everybody’s demeanor,” said Carter. “Everybody on that floor wanted to win that game. It wasn’t just, ‘Yeah, OK, whatever.’ It was, ‘Let’s go get it.’ That game was Game 7.” The Magic are now set to play the LA Clippers while the Lakers host the Toronto Raptors this Tuesday.
Dwight Howard posted 33 points and 17 rebounds to lead his Orlando Magic past the Detroit Pistons 116-91 yesterday at the Amway Arena. The game was reasonably close until the fourth quarter, where the Orlando defense held strong to allow just 14 points to their 33. Vince Carter shot well over 50 percent to claim 20 points on the night. Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis chipped in with 14 and 13, lifting Orlando to an impressive 21-5 record at home.
With the rest of the starters collectively covering their respective assignments, it was Howard who really took control with his physical play in the paint. “When there’s times on the court when you got to be physical like that, guys don’t back down on any challenge,” he said. “That’s what we have to do. We can’t back down from anybody.” The Magic are set to welcome the Dallas Mavericks on Friday as the Pistons return to host the Milwaukee Bucks.