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Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  November 8, 2013 06:09 PM

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The Celtics begin a brief two-game road trip to Orlando and Miami before heading back home for three consecutive games. The Magic come to TD Garden for a rematch on Monday night. Boston will go with the same starting lineup that produced its first victory with Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford sharing point guard duties.

The Magic have been one of the league's biggest surprises, having already beaten Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Clippers. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic in the win over Los Angeles with 30 points and 21 rebounds.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (1-4)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Vitor Faverani

Inactives: Rajon Rondo

ORLANDO MAGIC (3-2)
PG Jameer Nelson
SG Arron Afflalo
SF Maurice Harkless
PF Jason Maxiell
C Nikola Vucevic

Inactives: Glen Davis, Hedo Turkoglu

Officials: Tony Brothers, Steve Anderson, Tre Maddox

TV, radio: 7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, (WBZ FM, 98.5).

Pregame notes:

• The Celtics are last in the NBA, averaging 89.4 points per game and but they are 12th in field goal percentage, meaning the issue is shot attempts per game. The Celtics are also last in the league in assists.

• The Magic are ninth in the league in scoring (103.4 ppg) and tops in defensive rebounds and rebounding. Vucevic is third in the league with 13.2 rebounds per game.

• Vitor Faverani was back in the starting lineup despite playing just 6:04 of Wednesday's win over the Utah Jazz because of ineffectiveness. He did not score in that contest. Kelly Olynyk, who started the second half against the Jazz, will come off the bench.

• The team leaves last Friday night for Miami for a Saturday night matchup with the Heat. LeBron James is expected to play despite back soreness.

• The team leaves last Friday night for Miami for a Saturday night matchup with the Heat. LeBron James is expected to play despite back soreness.

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