Magic victories are wearing down Celtics
The Magic are a win away from drawing even with the Boston Celtics for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Snagging the second seed is pretty much necessary if the Magic want to reach their first conference finals since '95. But challenging the Celtics for that spot is hurting Boston almost as much as it's helping Orlando. Ray Allen, 33, and Paul Pierce, 31, have played in every game this season. The Celtics' heart and soul - Kevin Garnett - is 32 and currently out with a knee injury. Pierce played at least 45 minutes in three games against Detroit, Cleveland and Orlando in a span of week, and since then he hasn't looked the same. He's failed to cracked 18 points since then and the Celtics suffered losses to Miami and Milwaukee. Besides the wear and tear involved with the Celtics playing hard to secure that No. 2 spot, it may force Garnett back early from injury. It's a much different story than last year, when the Celtics coasted through the last month of the season with the conference's best record under wraps. All three stars played significantly less in the last month of the season. They won't have that luxury this year.