Monday , Mar , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – March 1

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – March 1 ===

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics try for their third straight win
tonight when they welcome the hapless Orlando Magic to the FleetCenter.

Boston enters tonight’s tilt on the heels of a home-and-home sweep over the
Toronto Raptors that culminated with Sunday’s 91-82 triumph at the Air Canada
Centre. Paul Pierce led the attack with a game-high 22 points

Jiri Welsh added 15 points and six assists, while Mark Blount netted 14 points
to go along with 10 rebounds for Boston, which had lost seven in a row and 13
of 14 prior to its sweep over the Raptors.

Despite being 11 games under .500 (25-36), the Celtics are currently tied for
ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game back of the Miami Heat
for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Boston, which will close a brief two-game homestand on Friday against
Washington, has lost five of its last six at home and is 12-18 in front of its
crowd this season.

The Celtics are just 2-6 in games played on Monday this season.

Boston has won two of its three meetings with Orlando this season and could
have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won
nine of the last 11 meetings.

The Celtics have also won five straight and 10 of their last 11 against the
Magic in Beantown.