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Old 11-14-2007, 07:47 AM   #1
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Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Wednesday, NOV. 14, 2007 @ 7:00 pm EST – The Q Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland OH


" The Champ is back in the Eastern Conference"



Magic-Cavaliers Preview


By ANTHONY GIORNALISTA, STATS Senior Writer
Posted Nov 14 2007 12:00AM





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2006-07 Stats at a Glance



Not many teams did a better job defensively against the Cleveland Cavaliers last season than the Orlando Magic. Like most teams, however, it doesn't mean they were able to stop LeBron James.

The Magic look to continue their success on defense against the Cavaliers as the teams open their season series Wednesday night.

Orlando went 2-1 against defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland last season, holding the Cavaliers to 79.7 points per game and 38.5 percent shooting from the field.

It was Cleveland's lowest scoring average against any team it played three or more games against. The Cavaliers averaged 77.0 points in two games against Houston.

James, though, had a strong set of games against the Magic, averaging 26.3 points and shooting 52.7 percent. He is right around his career average with 26.1 points per game in 14 career outings against Orlando.

James' teammates, meanwhile, combined to shoot 34.0 percent (61-for-179) from the field against the Magic last season. This is the first of four meetings between the teams in 2007-08.

Orlando (6-2) has hardly been a superior defensive team this season - allowing 95.5 points per game - but is coming off its best effort, beating Seattle 103-76 on Tuesday night. The Southeast Division-leading Magic yielded over 100 points in each of their previous two contests before holding the SuperSonics to 34.4 percent shooting.

The strong defense helped Orlando overcome 26 turnovers. The Magic entered the game averaging 13.1 turnovers, second in the league, but committed 16 in the first half alone.

Orlando averaged just 15.0 turnovers against Cleveland last season.

Rashard Lewis rebounded from a season-low seven points in a loss to Phoenix on Saturday, scoring 22 points against his former teammates on Seattle. The veteran forward has scored 20 points or more in six of eight games to rank second on the team with 20.6 per game.

Lewis now faces a Cleveland team that has struggled on defense after finishing fifth in the league in that category last season. The Cavaliers (4-4) have allowed 102.0 points per game, and a 122-100 loss to Denver on Monday night was the most points they have surrendered since allowing 120 to Philadelphia on Nov. 19, 2005.

Cleveland is coming off a 3-3 road trip, playing on consecutive days twice in that span.

"It was a tough schedule," James said. "It's not much of an excuse. ... Now we can go home."

James went 9-for-16 from the field and had a team-high 27 points Monday, but his teammates combined to shoot 38.5 percent (27-for-70). He is averaging 29.0 points in seven games since being held to 10 against Dallas in the Cavaliers' season opener.

Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, second on the team with 15.6 points per game, had a season-low two against the Nuggets. He was held under 10 points in both of the Cavaliers' losses to the Magic in 2006-07.

Cleveland was lacking some depth against the Nuggets, with swingman Sasha Pavlovic sitting out with back spasms. His status for Wednesday's game is uncertain.

The Cavaliers also hope to have guard Larry Hughes for a full game Wednesday. He thought he was fouled on a missed 3-pointer in the first half Monday, and was given two technical fouls and ejected by referee Bill Spooner.


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Projected Starting Lineup:

Cavaliers (4-4)

G Daniel Gibson
G Larry Hughes
F Lebron James
F Drew Gooden
C Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Coach: Mike Brown

Magic (6-2)

G Jameer Nelson
G JJ Reddick
F Rashard Lewis
F Hedo Turkoglu
C Dwight Howard

Coach: Stan Van Gundy

Key Matchup:Lebron James vs. Dwight Howard

Stats

Lebron James

26.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 7.1 APG, 2.2 SPG, 1.8 BPG

Dwight Howard

20.3 PPG, 14.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.4 SPG, 2.4 BPG



Prediction:
Lebron James will be on the driver seats, and score a season high 50 points against the Orlando Magic, who is probably rising as one of the best team in the early part of the regular season. The Cavaliers need to controlled the Board, and make sure that Howard would not be killing our frontline.

This is a must win situation for the Cavaliers, who really need to catch up with the Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic in the regular season standing after having a successful West Coast Trip winning 3 out of the last 6 games of the regular season.

Cavaliers will probably win this game 115-109
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 pm EST Game Thread

Why do you keep predicting 40+ points games for Lebron every game?
Anyway, the key for this match might be Ilgauskas. He's been playing great this season, but will he keep up his numbers agains Howard?
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Default Re: Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 pm EST Game Thread

orlando will win
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:51 AM   #4
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Care for a 3 day avatar bet that the Cleveland Cavaliers would bet the Orlando Magic tonight.


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Care for a 3 day avatar bet that the Cleveland Cavaliers would bet the Orlando Magic tonight.


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This is just a friendly avatar bet, and it is only 3 days.
Could happen. Wanna bet on Lebron getting 50?
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Could happen. Wanna bet on Lebron getting 50?


I am just homering around that Lebron James will score 50 points tonight but i check the stats sheets, and Lebron James barely average more than 20 PPG against the Orlando Magic Last Season.


This would be an interesting ballgame because the Magic are on a roll in the last few weeks, and the Cavs just suffer a humiliating loss against the Denver Nuggets.
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Default Re: Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 pm EST Game Thread

Cleveland is going to win this game.
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ill take the bet

orlando win u gota put kobe as ur avatar and if orlando lose ill put anything u like for 3 days
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ill take the bet

orlando win u gota put kobe as ur avatar and if orlando lose ill put anything u like for 3 days


Deal


You would probably put a Daniel Gibson as your Future Avatar, and Chains maybe you can actually invite LJB4 MVP or Cannonball to challenge them into an avatar betting.


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You would probably put a Daniel Gibson as your Future Avatar, and Chains maybe you can actually invite LJB4 MVP or Cannonball to challenge them into an avatar betting.




how long till the game starts like nine hours ? i wouldnt have a clue im from melbourne in australia
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how long till the game starts like nine hours ? i wouldnt have a clue im from melbourne in australia


The Game would start 9-10 hours from now if you missed the game you can actually check NBA.com or ESPN.com for the actual results of the Regular Season Matchup.
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The Game would start 9-10 hours from now if you missed the game you can actually check NBA.com or ESPN.com for the actual results of the Regular Season Matchup.


i usually get up in the morning and watch over the net, i neva used to be able to cause my provider was so crap but now i try to catch as many games as i can, and yeh i like live on nba.com :
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i usually get up in the morning and watch over the net, i neva used to be able to cause my provider was so crap but now i try to catch as many games as i can, and yeh i like live on nba.com :

I also watch the game online unless our Cable Subscriber would televised the Cavaliers Game once or twice a week because we all know most of the games that are televised here is either the Houston Rockets or Los Angeles Lakers because those are currently 2 of the most popular franchise in the league.
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Default Re: Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 pm EST Game Thread

wen i was in the states every where i stayed they had channels that at night would play nba or nba high lights or match repeats that was in north carolina and cali btw
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You would probably put a Daniel Gibson as your Future Avatar, and Chains maybe you can actually invite LJB4 MVP or Cannonball to challenge them into an avatar betting.


I actually think the Cavs will win.
The Magic played yesterday, they've got no one who can stop (or even slow) Lebron, and their team is not that good.
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