5 Orlando Magic matchups that will one day be must-see TV
Nov. 24 at Orlando (In-Season Tournament, 2:30P/NBATV)
Dec. 15 at Boston (7:30P)
Dec. 17 at Boston (3P)
We have to give credit to one young team that is constantly in the national spotlight.
The Boston Celtics are not going anywhere. They are still the standard in the Eastern Conference in many ways. And they are young enough that they will be a factor in the Playoffs for years to come.
Boston has made it out of the first round in six of the past seven years and reached at least the conference finals in five of the past seven years. This is with a roster that has largely been led by Jayson Tatum (25 years old entering the 2024 season) and Jaylen Brown (26 at the start of the upcoming season).
They still have a lot of good years ahead of them. They are going to be the team everyone in the East will have to go through for easily the next six or seven years (Brown just signed his super max and Tatum is coming right after him).
The Orlando Magic will have at least one premiere matchup with them, hosting the Boston Celtics on Black Friday for their In-Season Tournament finale on NBATV.
The Magic have had their battles with the Celtics already too.
Orlando has, for whatever reason, been a team that gives Boston trouble. The Magic took three of four meetings from the Celtics last year, sweeping a weekend series in Boston as part of the Magic’s breakthrough six-game win streak. The lone loss was in the Magic’s home opener and ended in a close game for a young team.
If there is optimism that the Magic can win their group in the In-Season Tournament it is because they matchup better with the Celtics than any other team in the group.
Boston is still the gold standard in the Eastern Conference, even with the team’s playoff shortcomings. And the Celtics will be waiting when the Magic are ready to rise into the postseason.