Magic fans should cheer wildly when Cleveland goes to its bench.
Szczerbiak -7 +/- in 13.3 minutesPlease "Coach of the Year" Brown -- Play Ben Wallace more minutes against Dwight! It's like playing 6 on 4. By the end of the 1st quarter Cleveland was grinding the Magic into dust with a 16 point lead when Wallace entered the game. Over the next 7 minutes Wallace was on the floor the Magic outscored Cleveland by 6. At the end of the 3rd, beginning of the 4th he played another 3 minutes with the Magic gaining 5 points and coming all the way back to within 2 points.
Joe Smith -8 +/- in 15.1 minutes
Ben Wallace -14 +/- in 9.8 minutes
D Gibson -3 +/- in 3.2 minutes.
Joe Smith contributed to the comeback as well. He played 8 minutes bridging the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th while Ilguaskas sat. During that time the Magic outscored Cleveland by 9.
For acquiring these guys Danny Ferry was named Exec of the Year. Yes, he picked up Mo Williams, but has he done a better job than Otis Smith other than Williams and LeBron entering his prime? All Otis did was sign Pietrus and Johnson, trade for Liu and Alston to replace Jameer, take a big chance on Redick finally contributing and drafting Lee with the 22nd pick. So far, despite some growing pains, that is working out.
If Cleveland intends to single cover Dwight Howard with Ilgauskas and play tight D on the 3 point line in Game 2 Dwight needs to get Ilgauskas in foul trouble and force Wallace and Joe Smith into the game.
Can't wait for Game 2.
PopcornMachine's GameFlow - ORL @ CLE