Magic Wands: at Celtics 1/17

Boston, Mass.
(26-14) vs. (30-9)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT
Line: Celtics by 3
Season Series: Won 86-78 in Orlando on Dec. 25; Tonight in Boston; Feb. 6 in Boston
Tickets: $51-$225 on TiqIQ
Video Vault:

Kevin Garnett could be ready to go tonight. Just about everyone is saying he is 50-50.

Dwight Howard’s future has been in the news a lot lately. And, frankly, no one should be worrying about it right now.

–Jeff Fogle of HoopData analyzes the Orlando formula of using good 3-point shooting and good defense to win. It is quite a potent combination. But the Magic have seen its struggles when it faces a good defensive team that keeps them from making those long treys.

Hedo Turkoglu has been doing a ton of damage for the Magic since his return, despite posting one of the lowest usage rates of his career.

–The Magic return to Boston for the first time since their loss in the Eastern Conference Finals. And Orlando is still learning what type of team it has. Similarly, Boston is not putting much stock in tonight’s game and hardly viewing it as a measuring stick.

–Brett Roberts of Magic Sideline suggests starting Gilbert Arenas over Jameer Nelson might be what is best to maximize each player’s talents and potential.

Doc Rivers was not happy with his team’s play entering the Christmas Day game. His fears were realized that day but also in the Celtic’s 7-5 run since then. Now he is hoping that his team is ready to face a much more settled Magic team tonight, Gary Washburn of the Boston Herald writes.

Gilbert Arenas always has Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory with him. Arenas has a photo of Dr. King tattooed to his leg along with other Civil Rights leaders like Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and President Barack Obama.

Orlando has had some pretty horrid first quarters, even after the trades. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post reveals the pretty horrific numbers.

Stan Van Gundy wants to see continued improvement from his defense tonight against the Celtics. The Magic can put this troublesome stretch behind them with a win in Boston.

–For the first time all season, the Celtics had their full starting five on the practice floor, including Kendrick Perkins. Garnett and the team celebrated by going to the Patriots-Jets game.

The Patriots taught Garnett and the Celtics you cannot take anything for granted.

–Ryan DeGama of Celtics Hub examines whether Boston has solved its rebounding problem that cost it a title last year.

–Hayes Davenport of Celtics Hub is having a hard time following Otis Smith’s logic on the backup center issue. 

–The Magic have one of the largest variance in records over the last 10 years according to Neil Pane of Basketball-Reference.

–Orlando came in sixth in Pro Basketball Talk’s Power Rankings and’s Power Rankings. Rich Keefe of Celtics Hub takes a check up on the NBA at the midpoint of the season.

–There was not much to talk about in Orlando’s win over Minnesota

Dwight Howard does a promotional video in Mandarin. 

Philip Rossman-Reich

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