|Posted by GreenBanner18 on November 21, 2009 at 12:07 AM|
Magic 83 Celtics 78
The Celtics 29-13 end of the 1st quarter defecit proved to be too much. They climbed back into it and always looked so close to taking the game over, but just never could. With that they went on to lose 83-78 to drop to 9-4.
In the 1st quarter, the Celtics were leaving perimeter players wide open. They were slow to rotate back, thus giving the Magic extremely open looks. Pietrus is a great shooter, dont get me wrong. He will, however, not make 3-3 from deep in the 1st quarter, if there were to be a hand in his face on all three attempts. The Magic 3 pointers in the 1st complimented with the Celtics struggles on offense lead to an extremely difficult to watch open to the game. The C's had some open looks, and couldnt knock them down. Then they were turning the ball over and looked completely out of sorts.
Now the second quarter was a different story. The second quarter reminded me of the Boston Celtics I know and love. The 2nd was led by Paul Pierce in scoring, but the biggest change was Marquis Daniels. Daniels came in and was right in the back pocket of Vince Carter. Daniels proved to be a huge spark off the bench on the defensive end that led to the Magic only scoring 14 in the quarter. The Celtics finished and went into the half only down 3.
The theme of the night was the lack of intenstiy to begin halfs. The Celtics fresh off coming back from 16 points down, to being right back in it, came right out in the 3rd and played about as good as they did the first quarter. I would have to say the only difference was that Orlando was not knocking down their open shots with as much concistency.
The Celtics had times of momentum throughout the night, yet just could not keep it going long enough. The crowd was into it and the team was starting to roll, yet just as it seemed to get going, there was always something to stop it. Whether it be a shot by Vince Carter from between his legs (Slight exaggeration), a turnover on the offensive end, or a questionable call, we couldn't find it in us to pull ahead. It was a great game to watch with a very disappointing ending. The Celtics will look to rebound in New York as we take on the Knicks. Lets hope the Celtics dont treat this as an easy win, and instead come out and reassert their dominance on both ends of the court.
For other Celtics vs. Magic recaps visit:
Hardwood Houdini: Where O' Where Did My Celtics Go?
North Station Sports: Magic vs. Celtics Full Game Recap
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