The Celtics regulars looked sluggish in their preseason opener and that changed in a hurry on Orlando on Friday night. Even with Kemba Walker (sore knee) getting the night off, the starting five pushed the Celtics out to a 21-2 run in Orlando and didn't look back, helping the C's cruise to their second straight preseason win. Jayson Tatum had a team-high 15 points while Marcus Smart (4-of-6 3-point range, 14 points) and Jaylen Brown (11 points, 7 rebounds) all looked sharp in limited minutes as Boston led by 20-plus points for virtually all four frames after holding the Magic to just 11 points in the first quarter.
Daniel Theis earned his first start at center and helped settle the C's defense down with his rebounding (nine) and rim protection (one block). Romeo Langford (2 points, 3 rebounds in 11 minutes) also made his rookie debut after missing the opener with a groin injury.
The Celtics are back in action on Sunday afternoon at the Garden as they host the Cavs.
WHO: Celtics vs. Magic WHEN: 7:00 EST WHERE: Amway Arena TV: NBC Sports Boston
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Jaylen Brown
F: Jayson Tatum
F: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis
PG: DJ Augustin
SG: Evan Fournier SF: Jonathan Isaac
PF: Aaron Gordon
C: Mo Bamba