Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic
Final Score: 76-67 Celtics
Orlando: Elfrid Payton, Kim English, Aaron Gordon, Kadeem Batts and Romero Osby
- Magic defense much more crisp early compared to Tuesday loss to Memphis
- Magic up 5, 10-5, after first TV timeout with 5:52 remaining in first quarter
- Kadeem Batts couple of made jumpers early, active on both ends
- More energy coming from the bench, which was a lot flatter on Tuesday
- Gordon still needs to show more purpose while dribbling; gets into trouble a bit
- Cam Jones first off the bench, followed by Vernon Macklin, Seth Curry and Devyn Marble
- Tie ball game at second TV timeout, 10-10, 2:23 left in opening period
- Magic held to just four points last 6:10 of first quarter
- After one, Magic trail 15-14
- Gordon looks better rebounding the ball; has a nice coast-to-coast floater
- More flow offensively for the Magic in the second quarter
- Seth Curry knocking down his shot in the second period, has 11 points, three three-pointers
- Magic seem to be going with shorter stints for players, trying to keep fresh bodies in.
- Timeout with Magic up 28-27 with 3:28 left in the first half
- Magic active on offensive glass, sending bodies in
- 32-29 lead for Orlando at halftime.
- Payton looks more comfortable on the floor; even when not scoring finding ways to impact game; four assists and five rebounds in the first half
- Good start to the second half for the Magic, active on both ends, push lead to 11 early in the third
- Oladipo, even though he’s not playing, very vocal on the bench
- Magic up 42-29 as Celtics call timeout with 6:31 left in quarter
- Scott Suggs first sub off bench in second half; getting his second action of the week
- Boston 12-0 run out of time out; Magic lead 42-41 with 4:44 left in third
- Magic sluggish again after a quick start. Just two points in four minutes
- Boston wins third quarter; Magic take one point lead into fourth
- Aaron Gordon shot doesn’t look good today, again
- Magic very poor on the offensive end in the fourth, no flow
- Magic can’t buy anything offensively; Boston starting to take control
- Two point game, Celtics lead with three minutes to go
- Magic offense gives them too many issues in second half; defense not great either
- Marcus Smart changed game for Celtics in second half
Overall, it was some what of a disappointing day for the Magic. They started both halves off quickly but fell some, struggling with turnovers and struggles on the offensive end. Elfrid Payton is a staff sheet stuffer, and one of the more unselfish players that the Magic have.
Aaron Gordon has more work to do, but he’s got a solid foundation with his defense and rebounding ability. Seth Curry continues to try to solidify an invite to camp by showing off his great shooting ability.
The loss means the Magic will be playing in the game for fifth place at 8 AM on Friday morning, most likely against the Miami Heat.