Celtics (29-13) vs. Magic (29-16)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT
Key Matchup: Paul Pierce (18.9 PPG this season; 22.2 PPG last five games) vs. Vince Carter (16.4 PPG this season; 15.7 PPG, 47.4% FG% last three games)
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel asks the question: Are the Boston Celtics too old to win a title? The Celtics try their best to answer. And just to prove age can come before beauty, Robbins compiled a list of successful teams with key players over the age of 30.
-A lot of people pointed to the astounding amount of 3-pointers Orlando took in Monday’s loss to Memphis as a reason for the defeat. Stan Van Gundy said he does not mind taking a whole lot of threes, as long as they are good looks.
-Yahoo.com has an early look at the Eastern Conference All Star reserves. They include Boston’s Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.
-Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports on how Doc Rivers took a lesson he learned from Larry Brown and used it to help ease the pressure off the Celtics. Like Brown, Rivers pointed the finger at himself during a recent two-game slide, a thing most coaches are afraid to do.
-Even though Orlando took care of Boston in seven games during the playoffs last year, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald writes that taking care of Boston is still a big deal to Orlando.
-Doc Rivers is looking forward to the “fun” stretch of games Boston has before them, writes Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com.
-Andrew Melnick of HowardTheDunk explains why it would be difficult for Orlando to make a trade to improve their roster before the deadline.
-Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub is worried about Jameer Nelson tonight writing that it looks like Nelson is returning to his all star form. He still believes the Celtics will win.
-The goal for Boston? Win every game before the All Star break.
-Dwight Howard and the Magic remember what the Celtics did to them on Christmas Day. And Stan Van Gundy has a new plan to attack Boston and kickstart the offense, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
-Tim Povtak of AOL FanHouse writes that Dwight Howard wants the team to shoot the ball less and try to get it inside (to him) more. You can argue whether Povtak took Howard’s comments out of context or not, but it is clear from everyone on the team that they want to take better 3-point shots and not just settle on jacking them up.
-Doc Rivers laughs when Dwight Howard complains about the physical play he has to endure. Rivers tells Tim Povtak of AOL FanHouse that Howard dishes out as much physical punishment as he receives.
-Lucas Shapiro of Bleacher/Report has five trade ideas for the Celtics.
-Dwight Howard has joined the Gatorade team and will be featured in Gatorade commercials soon. Look out for him during the All Star Game.
-Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe writes about how the Celtics are preparing for a difficult stretch of games that begin tonight in Orlando. Tomorrow Boston travels to Atlanta and then face the Los Angeles Lakers at home Sunday. As the team keeps telling themselves, they are only statement games if they win.
-Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe writes that Doc Rivers is slowly warming up to the idea of players icing during the game.
-Doc Rivers talked to WEEI in Boston and commented on his team’s trash talking.