Celtics and Magic Face Off in Central Florida
The Boston Celtics take on the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on Friday night. The Celtics (29-14) have gone through some swings in either direction recently, but they'll check into Friday's contest with consecutive victories. Their most recent success came versus the Memphis Grizzlies, which they disposed of by a 119-95 score Wednesday night. Jayson Tatum paced the Celtics with 23 points, complementing them with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. Daniel Theis furnished 14 points, four boards, two assists, three blocks and two steals. Enes Kanter delivered 13 points, eight boards, three assists and one block. Gordon Hayward registered 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal. Marcus Smart matched Hayward's scoring and added six rebounds, six assists and one steal. The Celtics will list Jaylen Brown (ankle) and Tatum (groin) as questionable for Friday's contest. Robert Williams III (hip) and Enes Kanter (hip) will both be out. The Magic (21-24) have also had some trouble with consistency of late, and they'll come into Friday's conference battle with losses in three of their past four games. Their most recent defeat came courtesy of the Oklahoma City Thunder, which toppled them by a 120-114 score Wednesday night. Terrence Ross paced the Magic with 26 points, complementing them with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Nikola Vucevic followed with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block. Michael Carter-Williams supplied 15 points, three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block. Aaron Gordon registered 14 points, eight boards, three assists and one steal. Evan Fournier and Markelle Fultz contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, while dishing out six assists apiece. The Magic will continue without D.J. Augustin (knee), Jonathan Isaac (knee) and Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) for Friday's game. Friday's game marks the first four meetings between the teams this season. The Magic swept the three-game 2018-19 season series from the Celtics.
Posted on: 1/23/2020 9:35 PM