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Game 16: Magic at Celtics

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 23, 2012 11:34 AM

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The good news is the Celtics are back home tonight. The bad news is they're not playing the Wizards. The Celtics have three wins against the Wiz this season and three against everybody else. They've yet to log what could be considered a "good" win. A win tonight against Orlando would qualify.

Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Celtics (6-9), Magic (11-4)
Broadcast info:CSNNE (Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn), WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM (Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell)

Probable starters:

Celtics:
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Jermaine O'Neal

Magic:
PG: Jameer Nelson
SG: J.J. Redick
SF: Jason Richardson
PF: Ryan Anderson
C: Dwight Howard

Injuries: Ray Allen (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (wrist) are both questionable for the Celtics, as is guard Keyon Dooling. Avery Bradley would likely start again for Rondo if he can't go, while E'Twaun Moore, Marquis Daniels, or maybe even Mickael Pietrus could start for Allen.

Storylines:

Roster: The Celtics may be without their starting backcourt tonight. They were without Paul Pierce for the first three games of the season, all losses. It shouldn't matter. More guys aren't getting hurt this season, they're just missing more games. The Celtics can't afford to wait until their guys come back to start winning games. They're already behind.

Surprising Magic: With Dwight Howard probably out the door after the season, the Magic were an afterthought heading into this year. But they've won four straight on the road and are second in the East behind Chicago. Ryan Anderson (17.5 points, 7.3 rebounds) has been one of the league's best power forwards. The Magic were supposed to be in the same boat as the Celtics this season -- not quite elite -- but so far they've been much better.

Baby's back: Glen Davis returns to TD Garden tonight as a member of the Magic. The reaction won't be Perk-like, but it shouldn't be bad, either. Davis is averaging 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds, and he is shooting 37.5 percent.

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