Now with series mojo on its side, Orlando can even the series in Game 6 Friday in Boston. The Celtics still have the advantage and history on their side as no team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit.
However, the Celtics have reason to be concerned.
1. Rajon Rondo is playing through muscle spasms in his leg. Hey, one of the guy’s strengths is his wheels so if he can’t go full speed, that hurts Boston. Plus the Magic have decided to run him through multiple screens and that takes a toll on his body.
2. Kendrick Perkins not only got ejected from Game 5 with two technicals, he now has seven and when you get seven, you’re suspended for the next game. The NBA will review it and based on what I saw last night, the second technical should be eliminated. If it’s not, Perkins can’t play Friday and that hurts because he does the best job in guarding Dwight Howard. Plus you can’t have Kevin Garnett or Rasheed Wallace guarding Howard because the Celtics need those two to score points. They don’t need Perkins to score.
3. The Magic have caught fire from deep. After making 10 shots from 3-point range in Game 4, Orlando went 13-of-25 from behind the arc in Game 5.
4. If Glen Davis can’t come back from the concussion he sustained from an inadverent Howard elbow, the Celtics will be without a key reserve. Imagine playing against Howard without two big men. Boston may be forced to do that if Davis can’t go and Perkins is suspended.
5. Since Game 3, there has only been a day between games. When the Celtics went up 3-0, this wasn’t as big of a concern for them. Now they’ve lost two games. In this situation, the Magic have the edge because they have the younger team. If the Celtics don’t get Game 6 Friday, they’ll have to fly to Orlando and try to win a Game 7 on Sunday. Oh boy.
6. The Magic have won the last two games without Vince Carter doing much offensively. He had three points in Game 4 and eight in Game 5. He’s due for a big game. If Carter has one in Game 6, look out Boston.