W2W4: C's vs. Magic (Game 8 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (3-4, 1-1 home) host the Orlando Magic (3-4, 0-3 away) on Monday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:

  • WE MEET AGAIN: It's been a whole three days since these two teams last saw each other in Orlando. Let's hope this game is a little crisper. The two sides combined to shoot 37.6 percent from the floor on Friday, but Boston benefitted from solid defense and ball security (the Magic turned the ball over 20 times for 25 points).

  • BUILDING ON MOMENTUM: The Celtics have won three in a row and the Orlando visit marks the start of their first extended homestand (three games). How does a young team respond to growing confidence? As Stevens is quick to point out, every game is going to be a battle for his squad, which has seemingly overcome a double-digit deficit in every game this season. Will Saturday's thrilling win in Miami give Boston an early jolt on Monday?

  • HUMP IN FOCUS: Kris Humphries continues to do good things when he's on the floor and is now a team-best plus-27 in plus/minus in 46 minutes of floor time. What's more, he has the best overall rebound (17.7) and defensive (25) percentages on the team. All that still might not be enough to crack the rotation quite yet, but it's a nice luxury to have when another big is in foul trouble or underperforming.

(Read AP game preview)