Grades: Boston Celtics 91, Orlando Magic 89 | Magic Basketball



Nov 08

Grades: Boston Celtics 91, Orlando Magic 89

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Boston Celtics 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
89 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
6-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -8

Vucevic took off the second and third quarters against the Celtics after that monster 31-point, 20-rebound game versus the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. He still managed a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards, but was a specter in the middle of the game when Boston took the lead. He needs to bring the effort every quarter.

Victor Oladipo
3-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | -6

Oladipo ran a lot of pick-and-roll action, and more often than not, pulled up for a clanked jumper, or forced stuff inside when he should have just reset the offense. He’s young, so getting his pocket picked by Avery Bradley isn’t surprising, but he has to make better decisions out of the pick-and-roll and get his timing down with the roll man.

Arron Afflalo
8-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 23 PTS | +3

In his first two possessions, Afflalo was blocked and whistled for an offensive foul against Bradley. Then he settled down a little bit, and ended up with the highest point total for Orlando in the game. Like Vucevic, he bookended some nice moments (four-point play, three-point play, and a clutch jumper late in the fourth) with subpar middle two quarters.

Jameer Nelson
4-15 FG | 2-9 3P | 3 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | +3

It’s never good when you have a 1:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, which Nelson did in this game. He also shot just 4-for-15 from the floor and paired that with sloppy ballhandling, though props to Bradley’s defensive pressure for some of that. It was just a bad showing overall for the Magic point guard, who always seems to have trouble dealing with Bradley.

Boston Celtics

They’ve been arguably the worst team in the East so far this season, so the Magic should be disappointed they couldn’t put together a win. Courtney Lee shot well, and Bradley was a great pest on defense, per usual, and Jordan Crawford actually finished with 13 points and 5 assists. As a whole, the C’s had six players in double-figures for a well-rounded, though ugly win.