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Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics Game Preview

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The last time the Orlando Magic played the Boston Celtics, the Celtics were without their starting backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. They didn't have Mickael Pietrus, Chris Wilcox, or Keyon Dooling available off the bench. Orlando was at full strength, coming off two days of rest. Everyone was healthy and available.

So Boston held Orlando to franchise-worsts in scoring (56) and field goals (16), among other ignominous records, because of course it did. Former Magic forward Brandon Bass, who Orlando traded to the Celtics for Glen Davis and Von Wafer, lit up Orlando for 19 points off the bench. Davis shot 2-of-9 for six points, and though he did haul in a game-high 11 boards, the loss left him wondering if maybe he was better off staying with the Celtics.

So the Magic can redeem themselves Thursday night as they host the Celtics at Amway Center for the only time during the 2011/12 season. Allen and Rondo are out once again.

2011/2012 NBA Season
Boston Celtics main logo
Orlando Magic main logo
7-9 (2-4 away)
Won 2
12-5 (6-2 home)
Won 1
January 26th, 2012
Amway Center
8:00 PM
Probable Starters
Avery Bradley PG Jameer Nelson
Sasha Pavlovic SG Jason Richardson
Paul Pierce SF Hedo Turkoglu
Brandon Bass PF Ryan Anderson
Kevin Garnett C Dwight Howard
2011/12 Advanced Stats
89.1 (27th) Pace 89.6 (25th)
100.4 (20th) ORtg 105.2 (9th)
99.1 (5th) DRtg 100.7 (12th)
Game Officials
Michael Smith
Nick Buchert
David Jones