Sunday, November 18
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Keys to the Game
Defense The Celtics will need to play better defense against the Magic than they did against the Heat. They allowed the Heat to shoot 47% and allowed them to erase a 15 point lead. KG and Perk especially have to try to limit the damage that Howard can do in the paint. I can see Posey on Lewis for his defense and Rondo will have to defend the very quick Jameer Nelson.
Control the tempo. Rondo will need to try to control the tempo of the game and not allow the Magic to run. Limiting turnovers could help in this area as well.
Game Notes: The Magic are coming off of a big 95-70 win over the Nets. They are a very strong team and have won 3 in a row and 8 out of 10 overall and have a lot of confidence coming into this game. Strangely, their two losses have come at home. The Celtics will need to bring their A game in order to beat the Magic in their arena. Dwight Howard has been a force and Rashard Lewis has been playing very well. This game will be a test for this team and could very well be our first loss if the Celtics play like they did against the Heat.
SG: Ray Allen vs Keith Bogans
SF: Paul Pierce vs Hedo Turkoglu
PF: Kevin Garnett vs Rashard Lewis
C: Kendrick Perkins vs Dwight Howard
Kevin Garnett 6'11" PPG 21 | RPG 14 | BPG 1.4
Rashard Lewis 6'10" PPG 20.7 | RPG 4.8 | BPG 0.1
Kendrick Perkins 6'10" PPG 6.4 | RPG 5.1 | BPG 2.1
Dwight Howard 6'11" PPG 21.9 | RPG 14.6 | BPG 2.6
The Magic like to score in the paint and it will be up to Perk and KG to defend the basket and keep them out on the perimeter. Perk doesn't play as well against quick and mobile centers like Howard and so will need some help from KG to defend against him.
For the Celtics, it will be James Posey. He was a difference maker against the Heat and his defense will be needed against the Magic.