Today the Boston Celtics learned they'd be without their new starting power forward, Jared Sullinger, for the rest of the season—a crippling blow for a team still reeling from news that Rajon Rondo had torn his ACL.
They responded like a pack of talented veterans might, blowing out the Orlando Magic by a score of 97-84. Two key players may be gone, but the Celtics still have their ridiculously effective defense, and tonight they unleashed it on the Magic, who were shooting 33.3 percent from the floor with eight minutes to go in the game.
Meanwhile, Boston's offense was team-centric. They assisted on 30 of their 42 made baskets and were led by all-around stupendous performances from their captain, Paul Pierce, as well as Jeff Green and Kevin Garnett.