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- Coming off a 30-point, 21-rebound game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Magic center Nik Vucevic is third in the NBA in rebounding (13.2) and 19th in field-goal percentage (.569). “It’s a lot easier than last year. All I really have to do is set the screen and roll and (Jameer Nelson) is always able to find me to where all I have to do is turn around and finish,” Vucevic said. “I just feel more confident right now.”
- The Celtics got their first win Wednesday night in spite of a scoreless six-minute game from starting center Vitor Faverani. “He understands that if there’s somebody else playing really well, then they’re going to have to take us home that night,” said coach Brad Stevens. “Whoever it may be, we just have to find two or three on a given night.” Jared Sullinger and backup center Kelly Olynyk came off the bench with 26 points and 13 rebounds in the win against Utah.
- Magic forward Tobias Harris (sprained left ankle) has yet to play in he regular season and will not be with the team on its weekend trip. Harris has returned to practice, but has yet to participate in a 5-on-5 scrimmage.
- Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (torn ACL) and Magic forward Glen Davis (foot surgery) are out indefinitely.
- Stevens (37) and Orlando’s Jacque Vaughn are the two youngest coaches in the league. “It just happens I’m not 40 yet,” observed Vaughn. “Hopefully my mind continues to think that and my body, too.”
- The Magic have won their last three games by a total of 49 points and can match their longest win streak of last season tonight.
- Boston has won the last eight regular-season meetings, including all three last season.
- CELTICS LINEP: Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Vitor Faverani, Avery Bradley, Jordan Crawford.
- MAGIC LINEUP: Maurice Harkless, Jason Maxiell, Nik Vucevic, Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson.
– Dick Scanlon