For an NBA team to come back from a 27 point deficit in a game, that club has to take advantage of every opportunity they have. In order to be able to make the most of those opportunities however; they have to be presented in the first place. Thursday night the Boston Celtics came back from that imposing deficit and went on to defeat the Orlando Magic at the Amway Arena 91-83. After the game Magic center Dwight Howard according to the “Orlando Sentinel” told reporters that he and his teammates gave the game away in the second half.
Howard said “We didn’t play the right way and we have to change. Everybody just can’t come down and feel like they have to take the game over. You just have to play team-ball and play the way we want to play. We didn’t do that. We thought it was going to be easy after the first two quarters. We can’t allow that. We have to change.”
Whether it was Orlando taking Boston too lightly, the Celtics increasing their defensive intensity, or a combination of both the tone of the game changed radically as the two teams returned to the floor in the third quarter. Boston went into the locker room at the half trailing by 21 points and outscored their opponents 54-25 in the second half; holding the Magic to just eight points in the final period. They achieved this feat with their starting back-court of Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen in street clothes as they are both recovering from injuries.
Howard can become a Free Agent at the completion of this campaign and had said that if he thought that Orlando was heading in the right direction that he would re-sign with the team. Clearly that is not the case right now as his reaction to Thursday night’s loss indicates that he just may be ready to move on.