Boston Celtics 93.9 Offensive Rating, 99.1 Defensive Rating, -5.1 Net Rating
Orlando Magic 101.5 Offensive Rating, 94.8 Defensive Rating, +6.7 Net Rating
Coming off their 1st win of the season, The Celtics are looking gain win #2 against the Orlando Magic. It definitely hasn’t been an ideal start to the season. Whether you’re an advocate of tanking or not this definitely hasn’t been fun to watch.
The inconsistency was even evident in their sole win when they almost blew a 20 point lead in the 4th quarter. The lone bright spot in their dismal season has been the defense –Boston is only giving up 99 points per 100 possessions(SMALL SAMPLE SIZE WARNING) — but that at times has been stymied by their inability to score and take over the ball.
Something to watch for tonight is how the new starting lineup holds up over extended minutes. Crawford-Bradley-Green-Bass-Faverani only logged 6 minutes together against Utah and didn’t play very well with a net rating of about -69.9. Faverani was questionably held out for most of the game in favor of both Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, both of whom had some highlights of their own, however.
Orlando, however, has been a very entertaining surprise this season. Riding a 3 game win streak, including wins against the Pelicans, Nets, and Clippers, The Magic have been playing an entertaining and fast — especially compared to the Celtics, Orlando is 13th in Pace(99 Possessions per game) while Boston is 27th(94 Possessions per game). This is Boston’s first look at rookie sensation Victor Oladipo whom, along with Nikola Vucevic has led Orlando to surprising start.
The Game tips off at 7:00 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet New England/League Pass