Magic vs. Celtics (Celtics lead series 3-2)
Time/TV: 8:30 p.m./ESPN
Key Matchup: Jameer Nelson (18.2 PPG, 4.2 APG in Eastern Conference Finals; 23.5 PPG, 7.0 APG last two games) vs. Rajon Rondo (14.4 PPG, 8.4 APG in Conference Finals; 14.0 PPG, 7.0 APG last two games)
Playoff Series: Game 1- Lost 92-88 in Orlando; Game 2- Lost 95-92 in Orlando; Game 3- Lost 94-71 in Boston; Game 4- Won 96-92 (OT) in Boston; Game 5- Won 113-92 in Orlando; Game 6- Tonight in Boston; Game 7 (If Necessary)- Sunday in Orlando
-UPDATE General manager Danny Ainge says Glen Davis will play tonight and that Brian Scalabrine will be activated to take Marquis Daniels’ place.
-Dwight Howard does not remember his block of Rajon Rondo, but his teammates were sure impressed.
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel tries to explain the NBA’s confusing technical foul and flagrant foul suspension rules.
-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel writes it may be time for the Celtics to be thinking of their co-tenant Bruins’ 3-0 collapse.
-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes things are very overstated, but it is not too far-fetched to say tonight’s game is the team’s most important since 1995.
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel writes 0-93 is just a number and reminds everyone what Stan Van Gundy said: Someone has to be first.
-Ron Borges of the Boston Herald writes it is time for someone to Kurt Rambis Dwight Howard. Expect a physical game tonight if Boston takes up his call. A notion which Stan Van Gundy called ridiculous. And Dwight Howard is not taking any bait.
-Rajon Rondo has been taking his shots from the physical play of Dwight Howard.
-Steve Bullpett of the Boston Herald writes the Celtics can only blame themselves for letting the Magic back into the series.
-Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe describes the disbelief and struggle Boston fans are having at understanding the possibility of a second 3-0 choke.
-Doc Rivers is working to keep the Celtics together as their series lead has fallen apart and bodies are going down.
-The Magic are not resting on their laurels and know they have not accomplished anything yet, writes Jarrod N. Rudolph of the Boston Globe.
-Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports Doc Rivers was happy Kendrick Perkins got one of his technicals rescinded but still felt both of his Game Five technical fouls should have been rescinded.
-If Glen Davis needs some help recovering from his concussion, he does not need to go far. Brian Scalabrine, the hard-working and endearing reserve for the Celtics, missed the last two months of the season with post concussion syndrome.
-Tom Heinsohn was not very happy with the officials in Game Five.
-Doc Rivers gives a lengthy injury update.
-Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe writes it is time for Kendrick Perkins to grow up.
-JJ Redick is finally making his mark in the NBA, and with Vince Carter struggling it is coming on the biggest stage.
-Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball gives some video analysis of Dwight Howard’s impact on defense in Game Five.
-What we’ll learn in Game Six tonight.
-Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball explains how the Magic have come back from a 3-0 deficit to force a Game Six.
-Doc Rivers says he did not know JJ Redick would play like Pistol Pete and torture the Celtics throughout this series. -Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe writes the Celtics need Kevin Garnett to show up if they want to close out the series in Game Six.
-Matt Barnes said the pressure is on Boston to win Game Six and is prepared to stand up for Dwight Howard if play gets physical.
-Brian Robb of Celtics Hub analyzes tonight’s officiating crew.
-Jessica Camerato of WEEI’s Green Street reports Doc Rivers said JJ Redick has been the most consistent player fo the Magic.
-Orlando expects a more focused Boston team now that the team has made it a 3-2 series. But the Magic are ready for the challenge, writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.
-OrlandoMagic.com’s Dan Savage and Josh Cohen debate the most important key for tonight’s game.
-Stan Van Gundy has unleashed Brandon Bass and he has given the Magic a nice boost writes Rob Mahoney of Pro Basketball News.
-Big men are the focus entering Game Six writes Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated.
-Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press writes Rasheed Wallace remains a thorn in Stan Van Gundy’s side.
-Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post writes Boston is about to become choke city.
-Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie endorses JJ Redick as he continues to impress in the conference finals and prepares to enter free agency.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes Vince Carter will be OK.
-Kendrick Perkins had his second technical foul from Game Five rescinded and will be available to play in Game Six.
-Boston fans have every right to be upset with the officials in Game Five, writes Terry Kerby of Ball Don’t Lie. But the Magic are just stacked.
-If there was ever a team to erase a 3-0 deficit, John Schumann of NBA.com writes this Magic team is the one.
-After Orlando threw a haymaker in Game Five, Boston wants no part of a Game Seven says Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk.
-Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated writes Boston’s worst nightmare — Dwight Howard — was unleashed in Game Five.
-Jeff Clark of Celtics Blog reminds everyone Boston has been knocked down, but not out. Game Five was just one game and the Celtics still have a chance to close out the series on their home floor.
-Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe writes there is a new big three in the Eastern Conference Finals. And it is swinging Orlando’s way.
-Gregg Doyle of CBS Sports writes Dwight Howard is not playing dirty, just physical.
-Dave Berri of Wages of Wins writes Orlando was one of the few teams that had a winning formula.