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Game 46: Magic vs. Celtics GameThread

Orlando must get back to defensive fundamentals, take advantage of a short-handed Boston team

Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images

Who: Boston Celtics (29-14) at Orlando Magic (21-24)
When: Friday, January 24th, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Line: Orlando -1.5, O/U: 213.5
Injuries: Boston - Jaylen Brown (OUT), Enes Kanter (OUT), Jayson Tatum (OUT), Robert Williams (OUT); Orlando - Al-Farouq Aminu (OUT), D.J. Augustin (OUT), Jonathan Isaac (OUT)

Boston Orlando
112.7 (5th) Offensive Rating 105.9 (25th)
105.7 (4th) Defensive Rating 106.2 (6th)
99.5 (17th) Pace 98.2 (27th)
Projected Starters:
Kemba Walker G Markelle Fultz
Marcus Smart G Evan Fournier
Gordon Hayward F Aaron Gordon
TBA F Khem Birch
Daniel Theis C Nikola Vucevic

Pre-game quotes from Coach Clifford

“I would think people would say he fits in well. Because, (you know) for a guy of his caliber - four time All-Star - he plays to win, he cares how the team plays, he doesn’t worry about his numbers, and he takes pride in being a good teammate.” ~ Clifford on Celtics guard Kemba Walker

“Yeah, there’s a couple things we put in the game-plan this morning, one for Jayson Tatum and one for Jaylen Brown, it’s off the board now. Listen, we’re playing without three of our top guys as well, and we have been for some time. It’s the NBA, they’re still going to be out there with Kemba (Walker), Gordon Hayward, etc. And they’re so well coached, they move the ball so well. It will still be very difficult to do two things...One, guard them. But more than anything, to win tonight, we have to be able to get shots and not turn the ball over.” Clifford on the Celtics playing without Brown, Tatum, and Kanter.

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