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Getting ready for Game 2
Posted By Paul Flannery On May 6, 2009 @ 10:40 am In General | 5 Comments
Doc Rivers  told the press yesterday that the Celtics  Game 1 comeback was fool’s gold , and somewhere Stan Van Gundy  is probably saying roughly the same thing to his Magic team about their 28-point lead. Moral victories  are for Little League . All we know from Monday is that Orlando got its win and the Celtics have to get one back tonight.
But there are a few left-over pieces from Monday that have been the talk of the town, so let’s dive in.
1. Should Brian Scalabrine  start?
Short answer, no. You’ve heard this a thousand times before, but it’s not who starts it’s who finishes in the NBA. Also the fact that Scalabrine can spell Paul Pierce , Big Baby Davis or even Kendrick Perkins  in a pinch makes him much more valuable coming off the bench.
The Celtics have a tough matchup with Rashard Lewis. They know it. Lewis knows it. Even the dude behind the basket with the chicken on his head knows it. Scalabrine did a good job in the second half by “doing his dirty work early,” as he said. And by that he meant keeping Lewis from his preferred spot on the floor before he gets the ball. Scal will play. He’ll probably play a lot, but his versatility makes him a better option coming in off the bench.
2. What’s up with Ray Allen ?
Not much. Sometimes you just have to give credit to the defensive scheme, and the Magic paid a lot of attention to the Celtics perimeter shooters. ESPN’s David Thorpe nicely captures a moment  when J.J. Redick raced to find Eddie House  after the Celtics grabbed an offensive board before the ball could be swung back to House.
Allen said after the game that he didn’t get a lot of rhythm shots, which had a lot to do with Orlando’s defense. Look for the Celtics to run him off the usual double screens and work extra hard to get him some space.
3. Will Rajon Rondo  attack?
He has to. All the Celtics have to. One of two things will happen when they drive hard to the basket and encounter Dwight Howard . He will either send their shot into the third row or he’ll get in foul trouble.
The Celtics took 26 free throws in Game 1 and all of them came in the second half. It wasn’t the officiating either, as Rivers noted after the game. They were much more aggressive in the final 24 minutes, and if there is a carryover from the comeback it should be the knowledge that they won’t beat the Magic taking jump shots.
4. Will McLovin make an appearance?
I honestly don’t know, but if you haven’t seen this photo yet on Ball Don’t Lie,  you’re missing out.
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URLs in this post:
 Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 was fool’s gold: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/comeback-just-fools-gold/
 Stan Van Gundy: http://media.weei.com/basketball/stan-van-gundy.htm
 Moral victories: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/celtics/paul-flannery/five-things-we-learned-there-are-no-moral-victories-playoffs
 Little League: http://media.weei.com/baseball/little-league.htm
 Brian Scalabrine: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brian-scalabrine.htm
 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
 Kendrick Perkins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm
 Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm
 nicely captures a moment: http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/0-40-17/David-Thorpe-on-a-Telling-Sign-of-a-Well-Coached-Defense.html
 Eddie House: http://media.weei.com/basketball/eddie-house.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Dwight Howard: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwight-howard.htm
 haven’t seen this photo yet on Ball Don’t Lie,: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/The-10-man-rotation-starring-McLovin-and-his-Ce?urn=nba,161127
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