The last time the Celtics and the Magic played, the ending was bitter for the Magic as they almost faltered a 26 point lead in the last 15 minutes.
In game two, they didn't have to worry about giving away any lead; they instead were the victims of a blowout as the Celtics defeated Orlando 112-94 to knot the series at 1-1.
Though they delivered a major whopping to Orlando, the Celtics can easily improve in a number of areas in time for game three.
Here are the keys for the Celtics going into Game Three:
Maintaining The Lead
The Celtics had leads of 10-4, 12-6, 20-10, and led 26-21 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the trend was 41-28, 45-30, and 54-37 (or 13, 15, and 17) before finally stretching their lead to as many as 19 points before intermission.
The point is, the Celtics were able to step on the throats of the Magic early on in the game before they had a chance to respond. Similar to how a boxer delivers a 1-2 punch or a flurry of uppercuts in an effort to knock out their opponent and keep him down.
A Resurgent Rondo
Rondo had eight points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds in the first half and finished with 15 points, 18 assists, and 11 rebounds. He emphatically threw down a one-handed dunk that sent the home crowd into a frenzy and secured his franchise-tying third triple-double of the postseason.
He also pitched in two steals and did a good job helping Dwight Howard low in the post.
This was a pleasant sign for Boston and there's always a chance Rondo will mimic similar numbers to these in Orlando.
A Resurgent Ray Allen