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Monday, February 11, 2008

Magic host injury-plagued CLE tonight

CLE (28-22, 13-14 road) is coming off a thrashing at the hands of DEN Sunday 113-83, as the Cavs were without four major players... Drew Gooden, Daniel Gibson, Sasha Pavlovic, and Anderson Varajao. Superstar LeBron James scored 30 pts, but sat the whole fourth qtr. Gooden and Gibson are questionable for tonight's game. The Magic (32-20, 13-10 home) beat CLE in NOV in an OT thriller.

The probable starting lineup for CLE:

G... Eric Snow (0.9 ppg)
G... Larry Hughes (10.8 ppg)
F... LeBron James (30.1 ppg, 7.9 rebs, 7.2 asts)
F... Ira Newble (4.2 ppg)
C... Zydrunas Ilgauskas (13.8 ppg, 9.7 rebs)

Top reserves: Shannon Brown (7.0 ppg); Devin Brown (6.2 ppg); Donyell Marshall (3.0 ppg)

CLE is averaging 96.7 ppg while allowing 98.0 ppg. ORL is averaging 103.8 ppg and allows 100.4 ppg.

CLE had won 13 of 16 games before their injury problems and have lost 2 of their last 3. Magic are 1-2 on their homestand and are 8 1/2 pt favorites over the Cavs (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 5:03 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Just like last weeks game against the Mavs I'm worried. As you mentioned, the Cavs got destroyed yesterday on National TV. Lebron might try to win this game himself, and I wouldn't be surprised if he did.

    So, I think the Magic should double him the entire game. They need to force him to give up the ball, and make any and every other player beat us. Even with a healthy roster, the Cavs don't have enough help.

    Double Lebron-Magic win.

  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I'm not nearly as worried as I was about last week's game against the Mavs. Even when the Cavs were healthy in the past, the Magic have played the Cavs very well. However, like OVERWADED mentioned, LeBron is certainly capable of beating the Magic by himself if the Magic aren't focused and ready on defense.

    Interesting strategy proposed by OVERWADED about dealing with LeBron. Let's see if the Magic follow through on that suggestion.

    I'm confident the Magic will take care of business against the Cavs... Magic by 11.


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