Instant reaction -- Magic at Celtics
You knew the Celtics were going to make a run Leading by as much as 20 points at various times throughout the game, it would have been nice to see the Magic take the Celtics out of the game early. Of course that wasn't the case, and a late run by Boston made the game a little close for comfort. But when you're playing the defending champs on the road in March, a win is a win. The Magic caught a break Is Rajon Rondo more valuable than Kevin Garnett? It's clear that Stephon Marbury is still a little rusty after his long layoff. Marbury got the start in place of the injured Rondo and turned in a brutal performance. He played 20 minutes (and only the last 13 seconds in the fourth quarter), had only four points, one rebound, two turnovers and zero assists. Boston was -14 points with Marbury on the floor. I'm beginning to think it might not just be rust that is affected Marbury, he may just not be the same play he used to be. Someone please help Dwight on the boards I know Rashard Lewis is never going to rebound like he's 6'10" but there has to be someone else on the team willing to at least act like they're trying to get a rebound. Dwight grabbed 15 boards on Sunday, while his back-up Marcin Gortat was second on the team with five. Lewis and Turkoglu? They combined for a grand total of five rebounds in 71 minutes played. Nice job bench How about the play of Gortat, Johnson, Redick and Pietrus? The group finished with a combined +/- of +41. Damn you FSN Florida I don't know about you but I lost the game for a few minutes during the 4-minute mark in the fourth quarter. It's only one of the biggest games of the season. Who wants to watch the fourth quarter anyway?
We'll be back with a more in-depth recap later, but here are some quick-hitters following Orlando's 86-79 victory over the Boston Celtics.