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Tonight's Game: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

2009 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals
Boston Celtics main logo
Orlando Magic main logo
Boston leads, 3-2
May 14th, 2009
Amway Arena
7:00 PM
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 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.