-- It did not surprise Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy that Ray Allen (25 points, 7 rebounds) and Paul Pierce (22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) were Boston's go-to guys in Game One.
"Ray Allen can really shoot," Van Gundy said. "And he's always on the move. He and Pierce both had real good nights, as did Rasheed Wallace (13 points). Some other guys didn't. I didn't think our defense was real good either, to be quite honest. I think we have to make some adjustments there."
Allen said that he was able to be be successful by taking advantage of what the Magic was giving him.
"It was just the plays that I had,'' said Allen. "I knew that they were trying to force me away from my shot. Just watching the film all week, they were playing me so high over the top that when I go to the basket I have to keep my head up and look for the ball. I got my shot blocked two or three times. But for the most part, when the shot is not there I need to drive it.''
Pierce, meanwhile, said that Boston coach Doc Rivers told him all game long to be aggressive, and after not taking a single shot in the second quarter, he exploded for 13 points in the third to help the Celtics break open the game.
"From the start Doc told me to be aggressive from the meeting this morning," Pierce said. "I look up and I only got eight shots (in the first half). I know I could have been a little more aggressive. But I try to do things within the framework of the team and pick my spots.
"But I was able to get to the line, rebound the ball and do other things to help us win. That was key to me, just go out there and stay aggressive the whole game."