Magic Wands: Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics





Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Celtics by 1
Tickets: $11-$863 on SeatGeek
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Jan. 27 in Boston; March 31 in Boston

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Boston 98.6 106.7 105.1 51.3 21.4 12.5 23.6
Orlando 96.7 97.9 101.2 47.4 22.6 14.0 25.2

1) The Orlando Magic returned home from a successful road trip a different team after defeating the Washington Wizards to end the trip 4-1. Despite an inconsistent defensive effort, the Magic graded out well in winning the game comfortably. The Magic found some balance to pick up the win.

2) Isaiah Thomas is out for tonight’s game with a strained groin, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe writes. Thomas suffered the injury in Monday’s loss to the Houston Rockets and returned to Boston, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald writes. Thomas said he was still very sore, Jay King of MassLive writes.

3) Keith Smith fo Celtics Blog takes a look at what Isaiah Thomas’ absence will do to the Boston Celtics’ rotation.

4) Al Horford missed nearly a month this season with a concussion. He detailed the difficulties of the recovery process with Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

5) The OMD staff got together for a roundtable discussing the first quarter of the season.

6) Elfrid Payton reminded everyone just how valuable his playmaking can be in dominating Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards.

7) The Orlando Magic’s game against the Washington Wizards was the end to the road trip. But it was also the start of the team’s only four-games-in-five-nights stretch this season. The Magic viewed it as the beginning, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

8) Like the Orlando Magic, the Boston Celtics are having some trouble closing games and Brad Stevens tells Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald the team must improve its communication and execution late to win.

9) The Boston Celtics needs more from its most important player — Avery Bradley, Ty Russell of Hardwood Houdini writes.

10) Jonas Jerebko received a spot start this week to match up with the Boston Celtics, according to Brad Stevens, Jay King of MassLive writes.

11) With the Boston Celtics already well stocked at point guard and a point guard-heavy draft upcoming, Jeff Clark of Celtics Blog asks if the Boston Celtics have too many point guards.

12) The Boston Celtics need more shooting from Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk to take the next step offensively, Joshua Bateman of Hardwood Houdini writes.

13) Today is Larry Bird’s 60th birthday. Tom Westerholm of MassLive looks at some of the urban legends and stories with Larry Bird.

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