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On one hand, this certainly felt like one of those nights in the NBA.
These are professional players, after all, and they are likely all to catch fire and find confidence all at the same time, discouraging the opponent and sinking any shot thrown toward the rim. It seemed Boston was having one of those nights. E'Twaun Moore fronted and harrassed Jeff Green and he still caught the ball through the contact and finished at the rim. Jared Sullinger was all but wrapped up by Victor Oladipo and he went ahead and flipped the ball in amazingly anyway.
Does that give you a good picture?
Because it really doesn't. Sure, the Celtics shot 60 percent from the floor. Sure, the Celtics scored 120 points. But they did more than that. They made the Magic look silly on defense, dishing and passing the ball to the open man consistently and cutting cleanly and clearly to the basket.
Orlando fought hard for so long but eventually the margin for error became too small for a team not getting much in the way of stops or transition opportunities. The Celtics took advantage of every mistake in a 120-105 win over the Magic at TD Garden on Monday.
The offense was largely fine. The ball moved really well early, especially working inside with Nikola Vucevic and kicking back out to Arron Afflalo and the jump shooters. Boston stepped up its pressure midway through the first quarter, forced some turnovers and got out in the break.no comments