Game 57|Cavaliers @ Orlando|February 21, 2010|1:00 EST

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Earl

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When are we expecting Powe back? We wouldn't look as bad as we have the last few games if we had Powe (not him personaly, just another big, with Shaq/AV getting in foul trouble).

Nice preview by the way.
 

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This is at Orlando. We need to make sure we are focused and not distracted by any side issues like between Shaq and Howard. We also should know the refs are well aware of the spat going on and will not put up with any kind of crap during the game. We know that the home team in any big games are given a slight bias from referees... just a fact. The Cavs should refrain from any continued questioning on calls. It's VERY important Shaq remains in the game and doesn't have to sit because of foul trouble.

Also; getting the ball into Shaq early and often is key. It will be interesting to see if the Magic double him, freeing up Hickson and Jamison, etc. Orlando will be REAL ready for this game. We need to jump on them early and keep the pressure on.
 

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I hate 1:00pm games. I feel everyone comes out with no energy.
 

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I feel like we should give Tawn' the start tonight. I do believe that is one reason he had a bad game was because he is not used to coming off of the bench cold. It was the same with Z earlier in the year.
 

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Feels a little bit like a Browns Sunday to me. I'm ready for this one.
 

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Windhorst's pregame blog:

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Pre-game from Amway Arena:
Projected starting lineups:
Cavs: Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, LeBron James, JJ Hickson, Shaquille O'Neal
Magic: Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Matt Barnes, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard

Officials
Joe DeRosa, Tony Brown, Gary Zielinski

* Should be some interesting signs in the crowd aimed at Shaq, who will probably get booed in his hometown. Shaq's decision to attack Howard with the "Superman" slap two weeks ago is a little like playing with fire. There is one school of thought within the league that suggests Howard will back down from confrontation or that it will take him out of the game. I'm not so sure about that. I feel like the Magic's biggest flaw is when they don't focus on Howard enough (Vince Carter often feeds this issue, which is why I felt trading for him was a mistake in my opinion and I felt that way last summer).

Because of what Shaq said and that personal challenge offered last time around, I suspect the Magic will attempt to force it down Shaq's throat on their home floor in this one. Let's see how this plays out. Not exactly what the Cavs want, I don't think, when they are in full struggle mode as they are at the moment.

* Antawn Jamison has a history of playing well against the Magic and especially Rashard Lewis. That was another reason the Cavs were interested in him. This season, in two games, he's averaged 18.5 points and 10 rebounds against Orlando. He was pretty shaken by that performance on Friday. Don't know enough about him to know how he responds to adversity like that. Pretty sure, as a veteran All-Star, that he'll bounce back. But when the Cavs traded for him he was in the middle of a shooting slump. He's had a poor February after an excellent January.

Not sure if it is a slump, his shoulder that is bothering him (though the Cavs just put him through a physical that included an MRI on the shoulder), or he was so downtrodden by the situation in D.C. that it got to him. Guess we'll see.

* Let's go over the game plan once again when playing the Magic. They put high pressure on the defense by sending the ball or Howard or running pick-and-rolls with Carter and Nelson. the idea is to find single coverage they can exploit or force double teams and kick the ball to the shooters. In general, when the Magic shooters are going from the outside they are very hard to beat, especially at home. Sometimes when they are hot, you just take your licking and head home. However, in Cleveland two weeks ago the Magic shot the ball well and the Cavs survived because LeBron was fantastic. Cavs have a little more margin for error, oops there's that reference again, against Orlando than they did last season.
 

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Well Jamison isnt starting according to Windy. Mistake in my opinion. The whole idea of getting a bigger man who could stretch the floor originated because of Shaq and his post presence. Plus after Jamison's performance on Friday, I'd like him to get a quick basket to get in rhythm rather than sitting on the bench.
 

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The Magic have to win this game..............

Cavs destroyed them at their place already. Magic can't let it happen again.

The Cavs DO NOT NEED to win this game.

If they win its icing on the cake. This game is far more important to the Magic and their confidence.
 

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Doesn't matter who starts.

If Jamison plays like shit and goes 0-12 its not Mike Brown's fault.
 

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I fully expect Twan to play better and go 1-10 from the field.
 

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Leon Powe all set to play...Tuesday vs. New Orleans. Team wants one more practice, tomorrow in CLE.
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