Every team in the NBA had a better record at home than on the road this season. (The Bobcats, in the most extreme example, were 31-10 in Charlotte, 13-28 away.) Every team, that is, except the Celtics. They lost 17 times in Boston during the regular season, compared to 15 on the road. In the playoffs, they're 5-1 at home and 5-2 away. That includes four straight road wins, two in Cleveland and two in Orlando. The Magic, one of the league' s best road teams the past two seasons, are 4-0 away from home in the playoffs. So let's see what happens in Boston before we concede this series to the Celtics. Game 3: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.
Can the Celtics stay focused?
After winning the first two games of the East finals in Orlando, Boston's players have had three days to read and hear all about their impending matchup with the Lakers. But while the media may be writing off the Magic and Suns, these series are far from over. Orlando, in particular, is too good to lose unless the Celtics play with the same intensity and confidence they showed in Games 1 and 2. Remember, after winning Game 2 in Cleveland, the Celts were blown out in Boston in Game 3. Game 3: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.
Is Dwight Howard going to play a complete game?
He was a defensive factor in Game 1, blocking five shots and pulling down 12 rebounds. He was an offensive force in Game 2 with 30 points. But in neither game did he dominate on both ends. He had just 13 points in the opener, then zero blocks and eight rebounds in Game 2. Unless Howard starts playing more like Superman and less like Clark Kent, the Magic don't have a chance in this series. Game 3: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.
Is Rondo really that much better than Nelson?
Rajon Rondo utterly outplayed an All-Star caliber point guard in Mo Williams during Boston's six-game takedown of the Cavs. He hasn't abused Jameer Nelson as badly, but he's enjoyed the upper hand so far in the series. After a relatively quiet Game 1, Rondo had 25 points and eight assists in Game 2. Nelson has struggled, going 12 of 30 from the field and dishing out just six assists. Game 3: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.
What's happened to Orlando's shooters?
The Magic led the league in 3-pointers made and attempted during the regular season while connecting at a 37.5-percent clip. Through two games against the Celtics they have made 12 of 40 from long range, or 30 percent. Rashard Lewis is 1 for 9. Mickael Pietrus is 1 for 5. Jameer Nelson is 3 for 12. Those guys are used to getting open looks when opponents double-team Dwight Howard. With Boston playing Howard straight up, only Vince Carter is adept at creating his own shot. Game 3: Magic at Celtics, 8:30 p.m.