This Might Not Be The Test We Expect

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

On the surface, it looks like a good test for the Celtics.  The 13-4 Orlando Magic, winners of 4 in a row and currently just 2.5 games behind the Celtics in the East, come into town with Dwight Howard coming off a monster 32 point, 21 rebound game.

But Jameer Nelson, who is chipping in 14.4 ppg and 5.1 assists… is out with strained right hip flexor.  Mickael Pietrus, averaging 13 pts and 3.7 rebounds, is out for at least the next 3 weeks.  Those are key role players being replaced by Anthony Johnson and JJ Redick.  That’s a bit of a drop off.  Hedo Turkoglu has dropped off a little and Rashard Lewis has never scared me.

So that leaves Orlando with Dwight Howard.  That’s a hell of a chip to have… but it’s not enough against the champs.  Rajon Rondo might need to wear a bib tonight because he might be drooling so much at the chance to torch Anthony Johnson (I’m setting Johnson’s turnover over/under at 5).  Redick is not going to be able to hang with Ray Allen, and Lewis won’t come close to touching Pierce.  That means all 3 perimeter guys can get by their defenders, draw Howard up, and dish off for some easy dunks… and maybe some fouls on Dwight.

And by the way… the Magic are sending Brian Cook, Courtney Lee and Tony Battie in off the bench.  Maybe Adonal Foyle if the foul situation gets ugly.  If our bench doesn’t run roughshod over that group, then we’ve got problems.

Some people might look at this game a test for the Celtics… but once you get past Dwight Howard… the Magic look like an easy win for the champs.


6 Responses

  1. I’ll take the over.

  2. Saw Battie a couple times this year. Looking like it’ll be a pretty good year for him.

  3. This is a no contest, but I’ll still watch it, because I want to see how the Celtics are going to defend Dwight Howard.

    You know that a team has to be in a pretty tough spot when you can say with confidence that you would be a better point guard than their starter for that game…and it probably is true as well.

  4. Careful boys, it seems like everytime you guys light the victory cigar before the game starts, we end up getting smoked…See both the Indiana and especially the Denver games.

    I’m not saying I disagree with you, I’m just a bit superstitious since my superbowl party with a “19-0” Patriots cake…

  5. Too tough a task for Orlando to win in Boston without their starting backcourt and sixth man.

    Pity, a couple of great games between the two sides last season.

  6. I think we get smoked whenever CHUCK makes the “we’re going to win”.. we’re in trouble (I’m going to assume that not even remembering who called the Denver game).

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