Eddie House may handle the Celtics' Friday night TD Garden workload. The 16-7 Orlando Magic, third in the Eastern Conference, have won four straight versus Boston since October.
Why do the Magic continue to beat the Kings? On ESPN's Lowe Post podcast, Magic guard Cole Anthony stated that House inspires him.
They called us a garbage squad when we faced them twice in Boston early last season. "We still take that personally," Mr. Anthony said of the former Celtics guard and NBC Sports Boston analyst.
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Abby Chin questioned Jayson Tatum about the incident following Thursday's win over the Cavaliers. He seemed amused.
Eddie's comment was missed. "That's my guy," Tatum admitted. Eddie is my idol. "They have gotten the best of us the last couple matchups, so it's going to be a big test for us tomorrow on a back-to-back."
After six wins in seven and 12-0 at home, Celtics lead NBA at 18-5. They've won 19 home regular-season games since March, their greatest streak since 1987.
Friday night, the Magic hope to break their rut. NBC Sports Boston's Celtics-Magic coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with 7:30 tip-off.