Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups, and Starting 5 – Oct 13, 2021
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The Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic will continue the second half of their preseason game series back and forth at the Amway Center on Wednesday. In the first game of the series, the Celtics outscored the Magic thanks to a last-second triple by Romeo Langford.
The Boston Celtics have a flawless 2-0 record in their friendlies, while the Orlando Magic have yet to win one.
The Celtics, like most teams in the preseason, have their ups and downs due to roster experiments. Ime Udoka’s emphasis on defense and pace is starting to pay off for the team. They are showing more cohesion on defense and are pushing the ball with almost every timeout.
Without stars like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford, the bench players are going to have the minutes they need to solidify their roles on the roster.
Meanwhile, the Magic are struggling due to a lack of firepower. New head coach Jamahl Mosley has developed some very strange lineups, which haven’t really helped with team chemistry.
Jalen Suggs, the highly touted rookie, is slowly shaping up, which is good news for the Orlando Magic fan base. A surprising revelation has been the play of center Wendell Carter Jr., who has been solid on both ends of the court.
Boston Celtics Injury Report
The Boston Celtics will play without three of their starters since their last game against the Toronto Raptors.
Jaylen Brown and Al Horford have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be out for the remainder of the preseason.
Ime Udoka has announced that she will rest Marcus Smart, Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson and Jayson Tatum. There will be plenty of minutes to go around the rest of the list with the absences reported by the Boston Celtics.
Orlando Magic injury report
The Orlando Magic will continue to miss two of their best players in Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac. Both are rehabbing from knee injuries.
Chuma Okeke has been ruled out due to a bone bruise on his right hip. Backup guard Michael Carter-Williams remains offside as he recovers from a left ankle injury.
Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic: Planned Lineups
It will be very interesting to see how Ime Udoka lines up her charges with most of the Boston Celtics’ leading players injured or suspended to rest. The head coach should start Robert Williams in the center as the anchor of the defense.
Romeo Langford was impressive in his last game and made key plays in the win against the Orlando Magic, so he should be at the two guard position. Grant Williams will start as power forward and shooter Aaron Nesmith will play opposite him at forward.
The explosive and fighter Payton Pritchard should finally start this preseason for the Boston Celtics, with Marcus Smart resting.
Jamahl Mosley has brought in different starting units for preseason games. If the trend continues, no one can guess who features as the starting five in this game.
It could start with Cole Anthony at point guard and Jalen Suggs as guard. Veterans Terrence Ross and Gary Harris could start at both forward positions, with Ross at small forward and Harris at power forward.
Wendell Carter Jr. should get the go-ahead to start in center after his solid display in recent games.
Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic: Predicted starting 5s
Guard point – Payton Pritchard | Shooting guard – Romeo Langford | Small Forward – Aaron Nesmith | Power forward – Grant Williams | Center – Robert Williams
Guard point – Cole Anthony | Shooting guard – Jalen Suggs | Small Forward – Terrence Ross | Power forward – Gary Harris | Center – Wendell Carter Jr.
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