Magic 99, Cavs 88
And no, it wasn't that close. Though up at halftime, the Cavs let this one slip way from them in the third as they shot an abysmal 38 percent from the floor. It was in that quarter that you could also tell they were losing their cool. When Coach Mike Brown draws a technical, you know something is up. His beef? The calls or lack thereof for LeBron James. In the first half, James didn't go to the free throw line at all. It took him to the 4:21 point in the that quarter to go to the line. Brown, who apparently is still frustrated by non-calls from the Utah Jazz game last week, let his feelings be known. Boom. Technical. A few moment later, Mo Williams got tagged with one as well.
But the Cavs did little to help themselves. The fourth quarter played out even worse as the Magic at one point led by as many as 25 and were well on their way to giving the Cavs their worse butt kicking of the season.
They had little answer for the Magic's All-Star center Dwight Howard and allowed the Magic to get off threes in the last two quarters that sealed their fate. Not pretty at all.
The NBA is going to call them as they see them. This was a physical game and for a guy like that to go to line six times when he drove as much as he did, it was sad to see. - Coach Mike Brown on the lack of calls for LeBron James.
It gets frustrating sometimes when you continue to get beat up and beat up and you don't get the attention of the refs. I'm just going to try to be quiet and hopefully, I'll get it the next time. - James on the lack of calls.
Cavs 56, Magic 55
For this to be anything excpet what the score indicates, a close game, would be a surprise. The Cavs got some separation in the second quarter, going up by as many as 10 points, but the Magic finished quarter with a 19-10 run to virtually knote the game. How even is it? The Cavs are shooitng 47.7 percent from the floor - the Magic 47.6. This is so far shaping up to be a playoff like game. Sit back and enjoy.
TV: FSOhio, TNT WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Cavs: LeBron James (F); Ben Wallace (F); Anderson Varejao(C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G). Magic: Hedo Turkoglu (F); Rashard Lewis (F); Dwight Howard (C); Courtney Lee (G) ; Jameer Nelson (G).
Injured and inactive:
Eric Snow (knee), Delonte West (wrist), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (ankle). Magic: Mike Wilks, Adonal Foyle, Jeremy Richardson.
The Cavaliers have won four in a row.
Three things to look for:
The Cavaliers perimeter defense has to perform better than Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings. If they allow the Magic to shoot 48 percent from the three-point arc, it will be a very long night. Anderson Varejao on Dwight Howard. Varejao probably wont' win this battle, but he has to put up more than an admirable fight. Howard clogs up the middle and allows the Magic to kick the ball out for jump shots. Mo Williams against Jameer Nelson - Nelson possesses a great inside-out game. He can take the ball to the hoop, but also possesses a nice jump shot.
From the coach's office:
Mike Brown on Mo Williams being snubbed for an All-Star spot:
Yes, I would like Mo in his spot or anyone’s spot. That’s not a knock on those guys it’s just that you want as much recognition and the best for your players as possible, especially when they deserve it.
From the locker room:
LeBron James on the Williams snub:
It just shows the disrespect that Cleveland and Cleveland basketball continues to get. I haven’t seen the list, so I can’t comment on who’s in it and who’s not in it, but it’s definitely disrespectful that we continue to do work every year and nothing shows up for it.