The offense of the Orlando Magic has been cold lately, but they’ve caught the spark they needed tonight against the Cavaliers, and caught a flame. The Cavaliers are getting pulverized in post up play, as their bigs, Dwight Howard, Brandon Bass, and Ryan Anderson, have combined for 42 of the Magic’s 56 points. The Magics unbeatable combination of size, strength, and momentum is carrying them light years past the Cavaliers. Anderson, however, is the only Orlando reserve to score.
J.J. Hickson, handling most of those Orlando bigs on his own, leads the Cavaliers in scoring with 7. Manny Harris has put in 6 off the bench. For most others, it has been a slow day at the office. Starters Anthony Parker, Alonzo Gee, and Samardo Samuels, have each been limited to 4 points or less.
Orlando has out rebounded the Cavaliers 27-15 and shot 56% from outside. The Cavaliers, for the season, have allowed the third highest opponent shooting percentage of 47.8%. Only Detroit and Toronto have allowed better opposing efficiency.
The Orlando Magic has had the Cavaliers number throughout the past few years; in post season, and regular season play. Sorry for citing those painful memories. But the Cavaliers look to get even tonight, or at least, to get pay back and upset the current fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Coming home from a West Coast Road trip in which they mustered out one victory in three games, the Cavaliers seek to surprise the NBA powerhouse club. Big man J.J. Hickson is coming off of one of his best performances of the season, his second best of 28 points against Blake Griffin and the Clippers. Ramon Sessions, leading the point, has shot well above 50% from the floor in each of the Cavs latest three games.
The Magic, hoping to gain some ground on the third seeded Miami Heat, have struggled, but come out victorious in the past two games. Grinding their way to the top, the offense has let them down, but the defenders have picked up the slack with wins over the Denver Nuggets and the Milwaukee Bucks. In both those games, center Dwight Howard put up monster numbers; 31 points with 22 rebounds vs. Milwaukee and 16 points with 12 boards and 5 blocked shots. The rest of the team has limped through their last two battles, as the team has not scored 100 points or better in over a week.