The recent trend of winning ways came to an abrupt halt Wednesday night, as the Boston Celtics were bested by the rebuilding Magic.
A redemption victory indeed as Orlando was downed in the waning minutes of last week’s preseason tip-off exhibition at the TD Garden, they managed to return the favor by breaking the C’s win-streak at two with the game’s final score being 103-102.
Despite the fact that it was still just a preseason game and that Boston came into the night without four of their five starters from last week (Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford) as well as their steal of a free agency signing in Dennis Shroder, the outing remained rather entertaining from start to finish, with plenty of players finding time on the hardwood.
To be exact, 14 different talents found minutes against the Magic. Of this bunch, there were several who managed to showcase their skill sets and, in turn, perhaps even set themselves up for more playing time during their next and final outing of the preseason this coming Friday.
That said, on the flip, there were also some contributors who ultimately wound up having a rather poor showing and, with this, may have hurt their chances of having their roles within the rotation potentially expand moving forward as we progress towards the regular season.
Today, we at the Houdini continue our popular post-game series and pinpoint one stud and one dud from the C’s game three defeat against the Orlando Magic: