After a long opening round series against the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics will face the Orlando Magic in the conference semi-finals. Orlando and Boston split the regular-season series, although the now-injured Kevin Garnett missed or had few minutes of playing time in both of the losses. “We didn’t win either game without Kevin,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the AP’s Jimmy Golen. “And so we’re going to have to go and find out why.” The Magic watched film on KG, but will be preparing for a team without him according to Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy. “It’s not like you’re going to go, ‘Kevin Garnett? I never heard of him,” said Van Gundy. “What does he do?’ I think we can make that adjustment pretty quickly. I think we all have a pretty good idea of who Kevin Garnett is.”
Dwight Howard, who was suspended for game 6 of the Magic/76ers series, will be available on Monday night. “If you want to be the champs, you have to beat the champs,” Howard said, eager to face the Celtics in round two.
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