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Previewing Magic Opponents – Atlantic Division

Last season the Boston Celtics finished with just the fourth-best regular season record in the Eastern Conference at 50-32, which was still good enough to win the Atlantic Division by 10 games over the Toronto Raptors (40-42).

The Celtics would go on to knock the Orlando Magic from the postseason in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. Rounding out the Atlantic Division were the New York Knicks (29-53), Philadelphia 76ers (27-55) and New Jersey Nets (12-70).

– Local Flavor –

Boston Coach Doc Rivers coached the Magic from 1999 through the first 11 games of the 2003-04 season. He still calls Winter Park home… Boston Center Shaquille O’Neal enters his first season with the Celtics. He played for the Magic from 1992-96… Boston Guard Marquis Daniels played his high school ball at Edgewater High School… New York Center Amar’e Stoudemire played his senior year of high school at Cypress Creek. He enters his first season with the Knicks… New York Forward Patrick Ewing, Jr. is on the preseason roster with the Knicks. His dad Patrick is an assistant coach for the Magic… Philadelphia Center/Forward Tony Battie was with Orlando from 2004-09… New Jersey Forward Stephen Graham played his first two seasons of college basketball at UCF before transferring to Oklahoma State.

––– Previewing the Atlantic Division –––

Below, Jeff Clark at CelticsBlog offers up a collection of Atlantic Division previews for the upcoming season.

Celtics: CelticsBlog Celtics 24/7Celtics CentralCeltics HubCelticsLife | Gino’s JungleRedsArmy.comSBNation BostonSBN Recap

Knicks: Posting and ToastingBandwagon KnickKnickerBlogger.Net | Straight Bangin’SBN Recap

Nets: NetsDaily NetsAreScorching FanwaySBN Recap

Raptors: Raptors HQHoops AddictHip Hoop JunkiesSBN Recap

Sixers: Liberty Ballers

––– MORE PREVIEWS ––

Southeast Division

Northwest Division

Central Division

Pacific Division

Southwest Division

– (email JC@OrlandoSportsCentral.com or follow @OrlandoSportsJC and Carnahan Chronicles) –

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