Are the Celtics in good enough shape to close this out?
Getting beaten in Game 5 wasn't so bad for the Celtics. Getting beaten up was. Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels will be game-time decisions after suffering concussions. Rasheed Wallace reaggravated a back injury. Physically, Boston can probably manage without those guys as long as the Big Three and Rondo are OK. But all of the Celtics looked weary after Game 5 and their confidence has to be shaken. The mental hurdle of winning Game 6 may be the steepest one of all. Game 6: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.
Can the Celtics keep their composure?
The NBA did the right thing by rescinding one of Kendrick Perkins' technical fouls in Game 5, meaning he'll be available to bang with Dwight Howard in Game 6. But Perkins, with six playoff techs, is still one away from a one-game suspension. And he's not the only Celtic with a foul temper. Only six players have three or more technical fouls in the playoffs; four of them play for Boston -- Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. Rather than risk irking the refs, maybe the Celtics should just shut up and play. Game 6: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.
Is Jameer Nelson the best point guard in the series?
Until this week, Rajon Rondo was the breakout star of the playoffs. But in the last two games, Nelson has been more aggressive and more productive, keying Orlando's comeback from a 3-0 deficit. He's running the screen and roll with Dwight Howard to near-perfection, driving fearlessly to the basket, hitting big 3-pointers and delivering on-the-money passes to the Magic's many weapons. Rondo isn't playing poorly, but he needs to have a bigger impact on both ends of the court. Game 6: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.
Is J.J. Redick the best shooting guard in this series?
The Ray Allen-Vince Carter matchup was expected to be a key to this series. But after Game 1, neither has played well. Carter, in particular, has been a mess after missing two free throws near the end of Game 2. Meanwhile, Redick hasn't put up huge numbers, but he's been extremely efficient on offense and surprisingly sturdy on D. In both of Orlando's victories, he's finished with the game's highest plus-minus rating. Game 6: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.
Just how confident are the Magic now?
Orlando's players looked like dead men walking as they left the court following a Game 3 embarrassment in Boston. But they bounced back to win Game 4 in overtime without playing particularly well, then routed the Celtics in Orlando. Now all the momentum is on their side. And even though they face another must-win in Boston, they have every reason to believe in themselves. After all, they won a Game 7 in Boston last year. And at this point, they should feel like they're the better team. Game 6: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.