Pregame: What to Watch For, Orlando Magic vs Boston Celtics
The Orlando Magic are coming off of their worst performance of the season, which was also the first home loss. The Boston Celtics have the best record in the league. Can the Magic bounce back?
The Orlando Magic return to action tonight against the Boston Celtics. Boston comes into Orlando holding the boasting the best record in the NBA. After losing arguably their best player for the season in Gordon Hayward, Boston continues to impress. The Magic are an early season surprise and hope to knock off the Celtics while getting back to form. Orlando will be short-handed yet again as Elfrid Payton and DJ Augustin will miss tonight’s game. Payton is missing his eighth consecutive game this season, Augustin is missing his second. Here are a few things to look for tonight.
The Orlando Magic will be without the services of their first and second string point guards tonight. On the other side of the coin, the Boston Celtics feature one of the most dangerous point guards in the league in Kyrie Irving. The Magic had a tough time getting their offense going in their last outing. The chemistry missing from having either Payton or Augustin in the lineup completely changed the flow of the game for Orlando. The Magic will have to make a constant effort to push the pace and get points in transition.
They are at there best when the ball is moving and players are moving. Shelvin Mack will have to do a better job with the starters of getting everyone in the right place. On the defensive end, Mack will need to be on his toes to keep Kyrie Irving under control. The Magic may even choose to place Jonathon Simmons on Irving if things start to get out of hand. Look for better point guard okay tonight on both ends of the court.
The Orlando Magic have heard all season that their hot start and shooting percentages cannot be sustained. Friday night all of those non-believers were proven right. Orlando shot terrible on the night only converting 28.6% from three-point range. Not only were the shots not falling for Orlando, they lost big to a team they should defeat easily. The Magic will need to respond tonight. A great performance against the Boston Celtics will be vindication for a terrible loss a few night ago. A win would help bring back the confidence shown in the first eight games of the season. Fighting through these injuries early in the season will build character for a team already playing with a chip on their shoulder. Look for the Orlando Magic to bounce back and give a valiant effort to prove that their start wasn’t a fluke.