Tonight's Game: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

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2009 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals
Boston Celtics main logo
vs.
Orlando Magic main logo
Boston leads, 3-2
May 14th, 2009
Amway Arena
7:00 PM
ESPN
Probable Starters
Rajon Rondo PG Rafer Alston
Ray Allen SG J.J. Redick
Paul Pierce SF Hedo Turkoglu
Glen Davis PF Rashard Lewis
Kendrick Perkins C Dwight Howard
Game Officials
Dan Crawford
Dick Bavetta
Marc Davis
Series Central

On March May (whoops!) 13th, 2008, the Orlando Magic's 2007/2008 season ended in Detroit after the Pistons handed them a 91-86 defeat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Today, one year and one day later, Orlando will hope to avoid a similar fate. Down 3-2 to the Boston Celtics, the Magic must win tonight in order to keep their season alive, forcing a Game 7 this Sunday in Boston.

We've said almost all we've had to say about what the Magic need to do in this series--here's Eddy on 5 things they can do, and my post from earlier today about Dwight Howard--so there's no point in dragging this preview post out.

UPDATE: Eddy here, with some final thoughts before the game:

  • John Hollinger of ESPN.com thinks three-point shooting will be a storyline to watch out for between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics, tonight. 
  • Likewise, check out Dwight's comments on his official blog, today, about the road ahead for the team in the series. I suggest giving the post a read. 

The game tips at 7 on ESPN. I hope to discuss the game with some Magic players in the locker-room beforehand, so if everything works out, look for a post on that subject here just before tipoff.

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