The Orlando Magic look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder as they welcome one of the East’s best in the Boston Celtics.
Boston Celtics (29-14) vs. Orlando Magic (21-24)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FOX Sports Florida
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2020 Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Feb. 5 in Boston; April 3 in Boston; April 10 in Orlando
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The Orlando Magic were undoubtedly disappointed with their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Their defense was poor all the way through. The team needed a breath at least and a chance to regroup. The gauntlet for the team continues with another difficult team. The Boston Celtics are playing well right now, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers and the red-hot Memphis Grizzlies at home. Boston is struggling on the road though. The Celtics have lost their last three on the road and there are injuries they are managing — Enes Kanter is out and Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown are both questionable. But Kemba Walker tears the Magic up and is as good as he ever was.
1) Markelle Fultz is not going to let a dislocated finger slow him down, Luis Torres of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Fultz said he will be good to go for Friday’s game despite dislocating that finger early on in Wednesday’s game.
2) The Orlando Magic have been fairly good at responding to disappointing defeats this season. But their search for consistency continues as they do it again.
3) Kemba Walker was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game in three weeks.
4) It is still unclear what the Boston Celtics’ ultimate ceiling might be, but they are a team full of good chemistry, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald writes.
5) Do you feel like the Orlando Magic give up too many leads? You are not wrong. Seth Arora dives into the numbers of how often the Magic blow leads and how that affects the team’s chances.
6) Garrett Townsend of Orlando Pinstriped Post reviews the Orlando Magic’s goals and trade bait with two weeks to go until the trade deadline.
7) Andrew Hughes of Hardwood Houdini reviews three good landing spots for Robert Williams.
8) Nikola Vucevic can fill up a box score with raw scoring numbers, but the Orlando Magic need something more from him.
9) Our first-half MVPs for the Orlando Magic are two players key to the team’s future — Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac.
10) While the numbers may still support it, Khem Birch at power forward is not something the team can sustain, Omar Cabrera writes.
11) Dakota Schmidt of Ridiculous Upside breaks down the game of Orlando Magic two-way player Vic Law.
12) Aaron Gordon’s father, Ed Gordon, and Oklahoma City Thunder color analyst Michael Cage are family, dating back to their time together at San Diego State, Josh Robbins of The Athletic details.
13) Markelle Fultz may not be as good as Anfernee Hardaway, but fans are at least starting to make the comparison, Jean Racine writes.
14) The Orlando Magic reportedly were granted a Disabled Player Exception for Al-Farouq Aminu, giving them roughly $4 million to spend in free agency if they would like.