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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 that the Celtics (41-39) “better beat them.” However, Doc Rivers made it clear that he will not tolerate that type of bulletin board material heading into the playoffs as he benched Terry for Saturday’s matchup and stated that the ‘Jet’ may be grounded until the playoffs. In all likelihood the decision to bench Terry has more to do with rest than discipline, yet the message is clear for the rest of the C’s players, it’s time to put up and shut up.
Boston looked fantastic in one Saturday’s 32-point win. Granted, it was against a Magic (20-60) team that tied an NBA record by losing their eighth home game by 24 or more points, but the C’s were hyper-efficient offensively- shooting 59 percent from the field and 63 percent from downtown- as Garnett and Pierce appeared to be at full strength.
Brandon Bass, who went 6-for-7 from the field in this one, continues to shoot the ball with consistency. His work on the defensive end has been an unexpected boost for this Celtics team though, as he has started to rebound the ball and defend the paint aggressively.
Garnett didn’t appear to miss a beat after sitting out Friday night’s contest, as he shot 7-of-8 from the field in a productive 18 minutes of playing time. The C’s bench scored 49 points, all five starters were in double figures, and the Magic were unable to get any quality looks against Boston’s defensive pressure.
While it is only the “terrible” Magic, seeing all of the Celtics parts come together before the postseason is encouraging. The starting lineup of Garnett, Bass, Jeff Green, Pierce, and Avery Bradley seemed to click, and of course their presence allowed bench players like Courtney Lee and Jordan Crawford to revert to their reserve roles.
You want to be playing your best basketball coming into the postseason, but if your an older team, that goes hand-in-hand with being healthy. It appears that Rivers has managed (and continues to manage) his team well towards the end of the regular season, and they are firing on all cylinders.
The C’s have some stiffer competition for the final two tilts of the season. Their final home-game comes against Indiana (49-30), before they travel to Toronto on Wednesday for the 82nd game of their season. While they will look to cement the chemistry that this new-look starting lineup has found, and assuredly concentrate on getting two wins, all of the Celtics practice and preparation can now focus on their collision course with the Knicks.
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Jason Terry may have given his opponent some motivation ahead of their game. He called the Orlando Magic a "terrible" team.
Before we get to the upcoming playoff series with the Knicks, let’s address the roster situation for the final two regular season games – Tuesday vs Indiana and Wednesday at Toronto. According to ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg:
* PIERCE (ILLNESS) SITS OUT: Celtics captain Paul Pierce is battling a stomach bug and was told to stay home from practice on Monday. He’s still expected...
With the playoffs quickly approaching and the Celtics seeding set in stone, there really is no reason to play their key guys other than get a rhythm going heading into the playoffs. That especially goes for the veterans.
The 35-year old Jason Terry for one missed the last game against Orlando. Apparently he could miss more than that with some "bothersome" legs.
A night after resting starters Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Celtics coach Doc Rivers says that both will be in the starting lineup against the Orlando Magic.
With Boston having already clinched a playoff berth, Garnett and Pierce both sat out the Celtics' loss Friday night at Miami.
Boston can secure the seventh seed in the playoffs with a victory against the Magic on Saturday...
Kevin Garnett speaking about his health, the importance of rest, and what he expects from his teammates heading into the playoffs.
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Following a 109-101 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night, Jason Terry threw some shade when he was asked about the Celtics next opponent, the 20-59 Orlando Magic.
According to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe:
Jason Terry on the Celtics’ next opponent, Orlando: “I don’t want to give them any fuel, but they’re terrible.”
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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.
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They should have called the fight almost from the moment the game started.
Boston came in with the mentality that this was a must-win game to lock up the seventh seed and a date with New York in next week's Playoffs. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce sat out last night's game against Miami to rest for the Playoffs, perhaps anticipating that this one might be an easy win....
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...
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On road: 13-25
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