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Davis: Magic can beat Celtics in playoffs

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Davis: Magic can beat Celtics in playoffs

BOSTON -- Glen Davis visited with his former teammates in the Boston Celtics locker room before their game against his new team, the Orlando Magic.

Following the Celtics 102-98 win, Davis dropped by again, talking with Kevin Garnett and childhood friend Brandon Bass.

But make no mistake -- Davis wants to top the Cs. He thinks the Magic can should the two teams meet in the playoffs.

The Celtics (37-26) clinched the Atlantic Division with the win and are seeded fourth, while the Magic (36-26) are in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. With just a few games remaining, the positions could change by the start of the playoffs.

I think were capable of beating them, Davis said after the game. Today we didnt have two of our guys (Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu) and they didnt have two of their guys (Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo), but at the same time we had a big missing piece today and we still came out there and played the right way and was in the game.

A four-year member of the Celtics, Davis was traded to the Magic this offseason in the Bass deal.

Davis scored a team-high 27 points (12-16 FG, 3-6 FT) and grabbed seven rebounds in 35 minutes.

With the victory, the Celtics took the regular season series against the Magic, 3-0. Even so, Davis is still confident in what his new team can do in the playoffs.

Whatever happens, happens, he said. Whoever we play, Indiana or Boston, we are going to bring energy and we are going to play hard. Thats all that matters.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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