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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Cavaliers/Magic preview

CLE (14-8, 3-6 road, 1st East) and LeBron James make their only visit of the season to ORL SAT night to meet the injury-plagued and struggling Magic (15-10, 8-4 home, 3rd East). CLE is coming off a 106-84 rout of SEA FRI night. Larry Hughes scored a team-high 25 pts. The Cavs have won 4 of their last 5 games.

King James leads CLE with 26.2 ppg, 6.9 rebs, and 6.8 asts. Hughes, who recently returned after missing 10 games with a sprained ankle, is at 14 ppg. Former Magic F Drew Gooden 11.3 ppg and 8.4 rebs. C Zydrunas Ilgauskas 10.2 ppg and 8 rebs. Off the bench, Donyell Marshall averages 8.4 ppg and Anderson Varejao 8.1 ppg. CLE averages 96.1 ppg while allowing 92.4 ppg. The Magic average continues to slide, now down to 93.2 ppg, while allowing 93 ppg.

The Magic have now gone 12 games in a row without scoring 100+ pts, and 6 games in a row without scoring 90+ pts. It is not known if any of the injured Magic players (GHill, HTurkoglu, JNelson, KBogans) will return against CLE. CLE is playing its 4th game in 5 nights, while the Magic are playing their 10th game in 16 nights, and finally get a break in the schedule after this game. CLE has won 8 of their last 11 against the Magic, and are favored by 1 1/2 pts in this game over ORL (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 9:45 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    If grant and keith can play (hopefully they start)i think we have a chance,if not,another loss!

  • At 11:09 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Grant is playing but Keith is questionable. Our bigs should outplay Cleveland's big (tough task) and our shooters should come to life for us to have any chance. If Keith is not able to go, I still think Hill should start Travis at 2 backed up by J.J., and have Keyon to back up Carlos. Grant is not going to contain James, and as soon as his offense slacks, I expect Trevor to play extended minutes trying to slow James down.

    It might be wishful thinking, but I have a good feeling for this game.


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