Magic eager to open at home against East champion Celtics – The Denver Post


The Orlando Magic’s celebration of their 34th season begins with hosting the Boston Celtics for the 2022-23 home opener tonight at 7.

After a four-point loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, the Magic lost 108-98 at Atlanta on Friday night in the first game of a road-home back-to-back.

“We’re focusing on [Friday’s] game,” coach Jamahl Mosley said ahead of tipoff in Atlanta. “That’s the big priority for us, focusing on Atlanta. When we get home, the energy of the arena, fans and organization is going to be very big. We’re excited about that, but we’ve got to take care of [Friday] first.”

The matchup with the Eastern Conference champion Celtics is the first chance to see the No. 1 overall pick (Paolo Banchero) in person at Amway Center.

Banchero and the Magic will have a tough challenge in All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The Celtics beat the Magic in all three meetings last season, including twice at Amway.

The Magic are coming off a 22-60 season, finishing last in the East (15th). They were just 12-29 at Amway, tied for the second fewest wins at home among the league’s 30 teams.

Tonight’s opener will feature a T-shirt distribution, cellphone light show, unique player introductions and a halftime performance featuring Salvador Live, billed as the world’s only break-dancing speed painter, and more.

This game also will include a ceremony to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of the late Bill Russell, a Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer and NBA legend who won 11 championships with Boston.

Single-game tickets are on sale and available at Amway Center, starting at $18. Lower level seats start at $34.



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