The Celtics return home for a three-game homestand with Orlando, Charlotte and Portland, a golden opportunity to reach over .500 after three straight wins. The Celtics took Sunday off and are fresh after consecutive wins at Orlando and at Miami. Boston trailed Orlando most of the first half in the first meeting Friday but surged ahead in the third quarter and held on for a 91-89 win.
The Celtics had six players in double figures but none scored more than 14 points (Avery Bradley).
BOSTON CELTICS (3-4)
PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Kelly Olynyk
Inactives: Rajon Rondo
ORLANDO MAGIC (3-4)
PG Jameer Nelson
SG Arron Afflalo
SF Maurice Harkless
PF Jason Maxiell
C Nikola Vucevic
Inactives: Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis
Officials: Mark Ayotte, Ed Malloy, Sean Corbin
TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, (WBZ FM, 98.5).
• Coach Brad Stevens said Kelly Olynyk will remain in the starting lineup for the time being, meaning rookie Vitor Faverani will play limited minutes off the bench. He played just 2:41 in the win over Miami.
• Vucevic is fourth in the NBA with 12.1 rebounds and collected 21 in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He has had double figure rebounds in five of Orlando’s seven games.
• Former Celtic Glen “Big Baby” Davis has yet to play this season because of a broken foot but he is expected back in a few weeks. Davis has impressed his coaches with his solid conditioning during his rehabilitation.
• Afflalo is averaging a career-best 19.7 points per game and has 44 in his past two games. He has two more years left on his contract in the $7.5 million range and could be an interesting trade chip for a team looking for a scoring nearing his prime.