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With there season heading into a downward spiral the Celtics were able to come together and trounce the Magic, 120-88. With a balanced attack from the starting five and the role players off the bench contributing the C's were able to defensively hold their opponents to 42% shooting while also keeping the rebounding margin close. Both Pierce and Garnett were able to contribute coming off the off day Doc Rivers gave them, they scored 12 and 14 points respectively with Pierce also dishing out 8 assists and Garnett grabbing 9 rebounds. The win clinches the seventh seed and a possible first round series against the Knicks though the Pacers still have a chance to sneak in.
KG had a solid outing coming back fromhis off day against the Heat
The Celtics were coming off a loss against the Heat while the Magic were trying to win back to back games for the first time since December. Brandon Bass continued his great play and started off the night with a 4-4 first quarter. He only grabbed 5 rebounds on the night but his defense has been improving drastically and he's more active during games.
Courtney Lee was a guy that had some extra pep to his step and was able to come up big and scored a team high 20 points. He helped the C's pile onto their lead and scored 13 points in the 4th quarter. Though his play of late hasn't been encouraging and this was just one game against a team that definitely wont be in the playoffs it's still nice to see him hit some shots. With Lee its seems that whenever he sees a couple of his shots go down he's instantly becomes more aggressive and is assertive in the game.
Guys like Lee and Green are going to be big if this team is going to have success in the playoffs. Bradley is a given to bring lockdown defense to a majority of guards in the league and though Terry has struggled mightily he seems to have the trust of Doc for his reputation as a deadly scorer in the postseason.
Aggressive play out of Lee was exactly what the team neededto get out of this losing streak.
If the guys can continue to play like they've shown in flashes then the team as a whole is more dangerous and likely to go farther in the playoffs. Even Crawford, the enigma himself, was able to put together an efficient effort by scoring 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He's someone that could win the Celtics a playoff game alone ala Nate Robinson in 2010. His fatal flaw is also his strongest weapon and that's his confidence. There isn't a shot that Crawford doesn't think he can make and on some nights thats enough to get you a win.
If the Celtics do play the Knicks then they on paper matchup pretty well and have a shot to pull the upset. New York might be hot but they're three point dependency and lack of height, look at the Celtic fan judging, could be their downfall. The C's have the confidence to play in MSG and a lot of these guys actually thrive there, looking at you Captain. The Pacers are a defensive juggernaut and I'd rather avoid a team that plays with a dominate frontline and great team defense.
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Doc Rivers was in an upbeat mood at today's shootaround. He said he's not concerned how the team is playing going into the playoffs since it's not a good barometer of how team's play in the playoffs.
Video courtesy of Chris Forsberg.
The Celtics just uploaded this short behind the scenes video on their team photo shoot. (Insert my annual "I miss the days when the team photo had more players than suits being represented" mini rant.) Speaking of missing, where's Courtney Lee? Did he oversleep? And poor Fab Melo didn't even get an invite.
Tonight, the Celtics woke up from their funk as they beat up the Magic, 120-88. Everybody who played in this one was great. Tonight was a great night to be a Celtic. Now they're just one win shy of a winning season. I'm confident they will get it.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the dominant performance of Courtney Lee. Lee led the Celtics tonight with 20 points on 7/10 shooting...
Courtney Lee scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 17 as the Boston Celtics cruised to a 120-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
The win locked up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for Boston, which never trailed in beating Orlando for the eighth straight time.
All five Celtics starters reached double figures, with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce scoring...
A sad day for Boston and sports fans everywhere. A number of Celtics (and recent Celtics) who own twitter accounts voiced their support for the victims today. Here's hoping none of our readers were effected by this tragedy.
I'm very very sad, I still can't believe about what happen in the Boston Marathon #prayforboston
— Leandro Barbosa (@TheBlur_Barbosa) April 15...
On guarding Melo, Doc said they'll use three guys vs. just one because Melo is a "foul magnet."— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 15, 2013
Doc: "Because if you guard him alone, you’re going to get into foul trouble. We want to avoid that as much as possible."— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 15, 2013
So, his Carmelo quote got cut out of the video...
The final Celtics Heat installment of the season lacked many storylines on Friday night. Coming in Doc Rivers announced the team would be without their veteran leaders Pierce and Garnett as they would both be sidelined with ankle left ankle injuries. As the Celtics look to prepare for the playoffs the team face two final back to back series. With a depleted roster Doc looked...
The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic 120 to 88 at the Amway Center tonight. This game
was a snooze-fest as the Celtics had it on-lock pretty much from the tip-off. Pierce and KG returned to the lineup and played really well, but this win was an entire team win. The C’s had seven players with 12+ points, with Courtney Lee leading the pack with 20 points.
The Magic played...
Celtics 120, Magic 88
The Celtics clinched the 7th seed in the East as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce returned to action for a tune-up against the Magic. The C’s are now guaranteed to take on the New York Knicks in the first round of the Playoffs.
Jason Terry may have been correct when he quipped that the Magic were “terrible” on Friday night, and insinuated...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Courtney Lee scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 17 as the Boston Celtics cruised to a 120-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
The win locked up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for Boston, which never trailed in winning its eighth straight over Orlando.
All five Celtics starters reached double figures, with Kevin Garnett and Paul...
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce returned to play for the Celtics as Boston blew out the Orlando Magic 120-88 on Saturday evening. While 7 Celtics scored double digits, Courtney Lee was the leading scorer for the C's with 20 points. Highlights above, box score below. Video courtesy of NBAshowtimeHD.
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Business was thus completed. The Celtics secured the seventh seed, avoiding the No. 8 spot and the unwanted draw of the top-seeded Miami Heat in the first round.
The Celtics will likely open the playoffs next...
Despite an inefficient night from Pierce, the Celtics pounded the Magic.Well, they did it. For better or worse, the Celtics have clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, thereby avoiding a first-round matchup with the Miami Heat. Instead, Boston will face the New York Knicks, a team which has had considerable success against the C’s throughout the season.But all of...