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Celtics Look To Use Same Magic On,... The Magic

Boston Celtics (7-9) at OrlandoMagic (12-5)
Time: 8:00 PM EST, Thursday, January 26, 2012
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Game #s: Regular Season Game #17, Road Game #7
Officials: Michael Smith, Nick Buchert, David Jones
The Line: The Celtics beat the Magic on Monday night in
without question their best game of the season. The C's
were 2-1 against Orlando last year, and 1-3 against them
in 09-10.

Game Thread | Chat Room

Whatever you did on Monday, do the exact same thing tonight. I think the Celtics should request to wear their home whites and force the Magic to wear the same jerseys from the other night. Start the same lineup, use the same rotations. Just because Dooling, Wilcox, and Pietrus are available doesn't mean you have to use them. Doc should study the game tape from Monday and substitute exactly the same way. Whatever it takes.

Now, if things don't go exactly as planned, I suppose then you can sub in the guys that are healthier now. I suppose.

Is there any way we can just push this game back a few days - like a rain delay, only indoors? I just want to savor the moment a little while longer. No? Ok, then if we must, let us do whatever we can to do the same exact thing.

Update: I forgot: Jermaine O'Neal isn't playing tonight. Quick, someone give JaJuan Johnson a #7 jersey, shave his head, put a headband on him and hope nobody (especially Dwight Howard) notices.

Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
Avery Bradley 3.2 PPG, 1.1 APG, 1.7 RPG
Jameer Nelson 8.9 PPG, 5.6 APG, 2.4 RPG

Shooting Guard
Sasha Pavlovic 3.3 PPG, 0.3 APG, .308 3P%
Jason Richardson 10.7 PPG, 1.9 APG, .327 3P%

Small Forward

Paul Pierce 14.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.1 APG
Hedo Turkoglu 14.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.9 APG

Power Forward
Kevin Garnett 13.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.8 BPG
Ryan Anderson 17.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.2 BPG

Jermaine O'Neal 5.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG
Dwight Howard 20.2 PPG, 16.1 RPG, 2.3 BPG

Celtics Reserves
Marquis Daniels
Brandon Bass
Mickael Pietrus
Greg Siemsma
E'Twaun Moore
JaJuan Johnson


Keyon Dooling (knee) game time decision
Chris Wilcox (calf) game time decision
Rajon Rondo (wrist) game time decision
Ray Allen (ankle) out
Mickael Pietrus (shoulder) game time decision
Jermaine O'Neal (knee) questionable

Magic Reserves
Chris Duhon
Glen Davis
Von Wafer
Quentin Richardson
Earl Clark
Justin Harper
Larry Hughes
Daniel Orton
DeAndre Liggins
Jason Richardson

team pride

Team Connections

Doc Rivers coached the Magic from 1999-2004, winning the NBA’s Coach of the Year award in his first season (1999-2000)
Brandon Bass and Glen Davis attended Louisiana State University
Daniel Orton, DeAndre Liggins and Rajon Rondo all attended the University of Kentucky
Quentin Richardson and Jermaine O’Neal were teammates in Miami during the 2009-10 season
Mickael Pietrus played for the Magic from 2008-10
Brandon Bass played for the Magic from 2009-11
Keyon Dooling played for the Magic from 2005-08
Mickael Pietrus and Jason Richardson were teammates in Golden State from 2003-07
Glen Davis played for the Celtics from 2007-11 and was a member of the 2008 Championship team
Von Wafer played for the Celtics during the 2010-11 season
Quentin Richardson and Keyon Dooling were teammates on the LA Clippers from 2000-04
Quentin Richardson and Chris Wilcox were teammates on the LA Clippers from 2002-04
Keyon Dooling played for Stan Van Gundy on the 2004-05 Miami Heat
Ryan Anderson and Keyon Dooling were teammates in New Jersey during the 2008-09 season
Chris Duhon, Quentin Richardson, Larry Hughes and Chris Wilcox were teammates in New York during the 2008-09 season.
Danny Ainge dreams of having Dwight Howard in green

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