Despite what Chris Mannix thinks (Magic #3, Celtics #4 in Power Rankings), the Celtics are better than the Magic. Orlando may overtake the Celtics for the #2 seed, but that team is not built for the playoffs. Here’s some Celtics/Magic analysis from down south:
Boston has given the Magic fits this season with its ability to cover Howard inside with a single defender (usually either Kendrick Perkins or Garnett), while smothering Orlando’s 3-point shooters. Finding a way to consistently score against the Celtics will be a chore, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Should Orlando win tonight and tie the Celtics for the second best record in the East, Boston would still have the #2 seed. The first tie-breaker (head to head) is even at 2-2, but the Celtics currently have a better conference record than the Magic which is the second tie-breaker. Follow?
Rashard Lewis is expected to play, but the mysterious medical situation with his one-year daughter could change that at anytime. Lewis sent Coach Stan Van Gundy a text message Tuesday that said his daughter — battling a long-standing fever, muscular pain and rashes — had improved. Lewis said he is prepared to head to a hospital in Houston if answers can’t be found in Orlando.
I’ve never been a big Rashard Lewis fan, but I feel for anyone coping with a sick child.
Links: Globe – Healthy C’s Hope to Have Magic’s Number | Herald – Made 3 Boosts Marbury | LA Times – Celtics Aren’t Out of Picture (Gee – thanks) | Orl. Sentinel – Celtics King of Rings, Magic Want Some |