Found February 01, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
Tonight's game should be a tough one to predict, as the Boston Celtics (22-23) are without point guard Rajon Rondo and the Orlando Magic (14-31) are without Glen Davis and possibly Arron Afflalo. Rondo is out for the season with an ACL tear, which comes as terrible news to a team that already had the 4th-worst offense in the league. They currently hold the 8th seed in the East, with 3 games separating them from the 9th place Philadelphia 76ers. The Magic are well out of position for a playoff spot, so the loss of any veteran players just opens up spots in the rotation for younger guys to get valuable development time on the court. The Magic have lost their last four games on the road by an average of 20 points. They have been getting decent, if not consistent, offensive output from Jameer Nelson, Nikola Vucevic, and J.J. Redick, but the buck stops there. Afflalo has been out with a strained left calf for the last two games. Maurice Harkless had his best game of the season last game and is proving to be a pretty decent option as the starting small forward. The extra minutes he's been given should be fantastic for his development. Andrew Nicholson, on the other hand, has been given inconsistent minutes. With the injury to Glen "Big Baby" Davis, it is safe to say that Nicholson will be a much bigger part of the Magic's rotation for the remainder of the season. The Boston Celtics always seem to struggle at this point in the season. However, they have managed to surge in the post-All Star break for the last few years and I'm sure that fans in Boston are hoping that happens. A lot of people are speculating that the Celtics may abandon this season and their core by blowing up the roster in the wake of the Rondo injury. They will be hard pressed to hold their playoff spot without their floor general, especially with the (supposed) return of Andrew Bynum to the 76ers in a few weeks. As always, the NBA becomes really hard to predict this time of year because the landscape could change drastically as we approach the February 21st trade deadline. It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the third contest of Week 6! Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboard page. This is the second game of the season between these two teams, so their most recent boxscores will be available below as a reference. Good luck! How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point. How many points will the Celtics score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible. Which player will lead the game in rebounding? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of boards he will snag, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then all of those players are eligible. Which player will lead the game in steals and blocks combined? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of blocks and steals he will accumulate, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of blocks and steals, then all of those players are eligible. For example, if you chose Kevin Garnett with 3 blocks and 2 steals you could just write (KG - 5). BOSTON CELTICS (22-23)                                    FIELD GOALS                          REBOUNDS POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS P. Pierce F 36:54 8-17 3-5 4-4 +4 0 5 5 1 2 0 3 0 0 23 B. Bass F 35:20 5-14 0-0 3-4 +11 5 7 12 2 3 1 2 0 3 13 K. Garnett C-F 35:34 10-17 0-1 4-5 +10 3 7 10 1 1 2 3 0 1 24 J. Terry G 27:26 2-6 1-4 0-0 +16 0 2 2 3 1 3 3 0 0 5 R. Rondo G 42:27 7-15 0-1 1-2 +9 1 8 9 16 4 2 1 0 0 15 C. Wilcox 12:55 2-3 0-0 0-0 -2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 C. Lee 24:21 2-4 1-1 0-0 -6 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 5 J. Sullinger 19:25 5-12 0-0 1-1 -6 6 0 6 1 4 0 0 0 2 11 J. Green 20:05 0-9 0-3 1-2 -3 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 L. Barbosa 10:33 6-8 2-3 1-1 -3 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 0 0 15 A. Bradley DNP - COACH'S DECISION J. Collins DNP - COACH'S DECISION Totals 265 47-105 7-18 15-19 17 34 51 26 22 9 15 2 8 116 44.8% 38.9% 78.9% TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15 ORLANDO MAGIC (14-31)                                         FIELD GOALS                   REBOUNDS POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS M. Harkless F 14:37 2-3 1-1 0-0 -9 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 5 G. Davis F-C 39:46 3-12 0-1 9-10 +3 1 6 7 3 3 3 1 0 0 15 N. Vucevic C 16:53 3-4 0-0 0-0 -8 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 6 A. Afflalo G-F 43:29 7-19 1-5 0-0 -7 1 1 2 7 2 2 1 2 0 15 J. Nelson G 34:48 8-17 3-8 1-1 -7 1 4 5 2 6 1 5 1 1 20 J. McRoberts 32:42 2-9 1-2 2-2 +4 5 9 14 2 2 0 2 3 1 7 A. Nicholson 15:05 4-6 0-0 0-0 -9 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 8 G. Ayon 15:46 2-3 0-0 1-2 +1 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 J. Redick 33:42 8-13 3-6 2-2 +1 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 21 E. Moore 18:12 2-4 2-3 2-2 +1 0 1 1 2 0 1 4 0 0 8 D. Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION K. O'Quinn DNP - COACH'S DECISION I. Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION Totals 265 41-90 11-26 17-19 10 32 42 20 19 9 18 8 2 110 The Magic Word – An Orlando Magic blog

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