The Orlando offense is predicated on forcing defenses to make a choice -- defend Dwight Howard with a single player, or swarm Howard and give up 3-point shots. Most teams choose Option B, which is why the Magic led the league in 3-pointers attempted and made. In Game 1 the Celtics went with Option A, letting Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace play Howard straight up. He didn't make them pay, finishing with three baskets, 12 points and seven turnovers, and Orlando's shooters didn't get open looks, going 5 for 22 from deep. If Howard doesn't dominate, the Magic won't win.Game 2: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.
Can the Magic match Boston's intensity?
Maybe it was Orlando's week off between series. Maybe the Celtics are simply a more fiery and emotional team. Whatever the case, the Magic didn't come out ready to compete in Game 1 on Sunday. The result? They fell behind by 20 and couldn't dig out of that hole despite a second-half rally. The Magic don't have to scream and beat their chests like Kevin Garnett, but if they're not prepared to fight for a title, they won't win one.Game 2: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.
Isn't Orlando supposed to have the deeper bench?
Depth figured to be a big advantage for the Magic in this series, but that wasn't the case in Game 1. Led by Rasheed Wallace, the Celtics got 25 points from their bench, one more than Orlando did. The Magic need to get a lot more from sixth man Mickael Pietrus, who contributed almost nothing in 21 minutes.Game 2: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.
Will Rashard Lewis find the range?
Orlando struggled early in the season when Lewis was too passive playing with Vince Carter, then took off as Lewis resumed his role as 3-point gunner. Passivity wasn't necessarily his problem in Game 1; he just couldn't make a shot. Missing all six of his 3-pointers, he finished with four points in 43 minutes. He should create matchup problems for the Celtics, but only if he's draining threes.Game 2: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.
Who will win the Pierce-Carter battle?
The most intriguing individual matchup is Boston's Paul Pierce vs. Orlando's Vince Carter. In Game 1 they nearly matched each other point for point, with Pierce totaling 22 and Carter 23. But Pierce was much more efficient, taking only 10 shots while Carter launched 18. Pierce also had nine rebounds and five assists, compared to five and two for Carter.Game 2: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.