|Posted by B-PAUL on January 28, 2010 at 11:01 PM|
Orlando Magic 96 Boston Celtics 94
Amway Arena, Orlando, FL
January 28, 2010
In the midst of the toughest stretch so far this season the Boston Celtics had the opportunity to get on the right track tonight in Orlando. The Celtics came out tonight playing "Celtics Basketball" and looked like the team we expect to see night in and night out. The guys in green (well white tonight) jumped out to an early sixteen point lead before blowing yet another game by the score of 96-94.
The Celtics took at 51-40 lead into the locker room and locked well on their way to victory during the majority of the fourth quarter. That was until the team lost all focus and totally collapsed into the hands of the Magic. With the game tied at 92 in the closing seconds of the game Rashard Lewis seemed to be tied up by Celtics defenders before he somehow managed to get loose and drive to the basket with ease. This basket eventually would be known as the game winner and a knife in the back of the Celtics and their fans.
Rashard Lewis led the pace for Orlando with 23 points. Eight of those points came in the fourth quarter, including the game winning layup with 1.3 seconds remaining. Signs of KG not being KG clearly showed when he could not seem to contain Lewis when it really mattered. I'm sure a lot of people will be talking about this and watching KG's movement now that he has been exposed.
Ray Allen was the lone bright spot for the Celtics tonight as he seemed to come out with a point to prove. Contrary to recent games Ray actually became a threat early in tonight's game from behind the arc, he finished the night going 4-8 from three point land.
As a team the Celtics also seemed to rely on the three ball more than usual tonight. As a team they shot 12-26 from behind the arc and in the closing moments of the game seemed to rely on the three a little too much. Another number to keep an eye on is the rebounding numbers. The Magic out-rebounded the Celtics 47-32 tonight even with Dwight Howard out for a large part of the first half with foul trouble.
So the recurring theme continues; you can never assume the Celtics are going to come out on top, even when they have double digit leads for the majority of the game. Tomorrow night the Celtics will look for a little revenge on the Atlanta Hawks. They will be trying to avoid a 4-0 series sweep and a quick 0-2 start to this tough stretch.
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