- Jun 29, 2005
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If AJ drops a 20+ game on Orl, all of his struggles against CHA will be forgotten
Nice game thread by the way.
Nice game thread by the way.
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sp...ng-for-antawn-jamison-it-doesnt-scare-me.htmlThe Magic player that will most feel the impact of Antawn Jamison’s addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers will be power forward Rashard Lewis. Jamison has caused Lewis problems on occasion. So what does Lewis think about the trade? ‘It doesn’t scare me,’ Lewis said. ‘I’ve been on all star teams as well as him. I think it’s going to come down to who executes better on the defensive end. Most definitely a great player. … At the same time one guy doesn’t win ballgames. They do have another guy called LeBron James which is going to be our focus.’ Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said the acquisition made the Cavaliers ‘pretty formidable. They’re already the best three point shooting team in the league,’ Van Gundy said. ‘They get another guy who can stretch the floor with Shaq inside, LeBron on the perimeter.”’
You can view it in its entirety here: http://numbersdont.com/?p=1344Game Preview – Sunday February 21, 2010 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic
Well, the Cavaliers have lost 2 in a row for the first time since December 8 & 9 when they lost @ Memphis & @ Houston. It’s just the 5th time over the past 2 seasons they have lost 2 in a row. Defense has been the problem, as the Cavaliers have allowed 107.4 points per game over the past 5 games, after giving up just 88.6 per game over the previous 8 games.
The Clevelanders are coming off a tough loss @ Charlotte on Friday night, 110-93, in a game where they looked like they didn’t want it at times. LeBron James led the way, as usual, for the Cavaliers, with 22 points, 9 assists & 4 steals, even though he took just 14 shots (making 6). Delonte West tried to give a lift off the bench, going 5-10 shooting for his 13 points, while Mo Williams & Anthony Parker made 7 of their 12 from downtown, combining for 23 points. Shaq went 4-9 for 10 points, which makes it the 1st time he’s finished under 50% shooting for a game since 1/16, when he shot 3-7 (Shaq has shot under 50% for a game only twice in the new year). Meanwhile, Antawn Jamison struggled in his Cavalier debut, shooting 0-12 for 2 points & 7 rebounds, in a game where he obviously wasn’t his usual self.
Orlando is coming off of a 95-85 home loss at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. The Magic had a 10 point lead after 1 quarter, but Dallas held them to just 52 points over the final 3 quarters to pull away with a 10 point win. Dwight Howard had a terrific showing, shooting 11-19 for 29 points to go along with 16 rebounds & 5 blocks. Vince Carter & Jameer Nelson added 16 points each, while Rashard Lewis added 12. However, Orlando’s bench contributed just 6 points and as a team, the Magic shot 4-25 from downtown in their 6th home loss of the season.
This still bothers me. How did the Magic own that series? Were the Cavs not the ones in front by double digits for most of the games? Did the Magic not need two miracle threes from Rashard Lewis to win? People act like the Magic dominated, but they didn't. If Shard misses those two threes, the Cavs win in 5....Cleveland had no choice after last year's meltdown.
The Magic were in control for most of the conference finals, with the Cavaliers needing a spectacular buzzer-beating 3-pointer by James for one of only two wins in the playoff series. Cleveland was just 3-6 against the Magic last year and never won in Orlando.