There has been a subtle rivalry brewing between the Celtics and Magic, something that should come to a head during this battle for the Eastern Conference title. Orlando drew first blood by eliminating Boston from last season's playoffs and look to repeat that success.
Orlando has been unstoppable, burning through the first two rounds of the playoffs by sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats and Atlanta Hawks. The interesting thing is that the Magic have done so without Dwight Howard playing his best basketball.
Boston took a decidedly different route to the matchup, defeating the Miami Heat in five games and disappointing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six. Though the Celtics didn't sweep their team, they played dominant ball and looked sharper than they had all season.
Who will prevail, the red-hot Celtics or the well rested Magic? For a better idea, join me as I breakdown the series.