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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Game night preview

Wednesday, Nov. 11. 8:00 p.m.
Amway Arena
Orlando, FL


The Magic (6-2) won’t have much time to prepare for their most anticipated contest of the season: an Eastern Conference Finals re-match with the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. The Magic swept the Cavaliers at home (3-0) during the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals and will look to continue that trend in front of ESPN’s national audience. Orlando’s first nationally televised contest of the regular season is sure to draw a lot of media attention and its players are looking forward to the challenge. “You know everyone loves Cleveland, so you know it’s going to be a good measuring stick,” Magic forward Matt Barnes explained. “This team had success against them last year and we look to carry that on this year.” In order to carry on that success, the Magic will need to limit All-Star forward LeBron James. The perennial MVP candidate is averaging 26.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. “It’s virtually impossible,” Barnes said of defending James. “You just want to make players like him, Kobe (Bryant) and Paul Pierce earn their points. They are so offensively gifted that no one is going to shut them down. You just want to make them work for it, grind on them, beat them up a little bit and hopefully they take more shots than they make.” While there will be a lot of talk about James and the conference finals re-match, there will be an equal amount of media focus on the matchup between Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard and Cleveland center Shaquille O’Neal. Howard is on pace for another All-Star-caliber season, averaging 19.4 points and 11 rebounds per game. On the other hand, O’Neal is posting 11.1 points and 7.4 boards per contest, which are much more pedestrian numbers than his career averages of 24.6 and 11.2. Still the main question will be, does O’Neal make enough of a difference to push the Cavaliers past the Magic?

Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.

No line on the game yet due to the injury situation with the Magic.


  • At 2:31 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    From the Yahoo! Sports game preview, here's a quote from Cavaliers' coach Mike Brown:

    “(The Magic) are a very good, well-coached team that presented problems for us (last year),” he said. “Hopefully it will be different this year.”

    Even though the Magic will be without two starters tonight (Lewis and Anderson) and Vince Carter is just returning from an ankle injury, as long as they can focus on defense and Howard can stay out of foul trouble, they have a good chance of winning the game over the Cavaliers, who are having problems of their own with their lack of depth and integrating O'Neal into their system.

  • At 4:36 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    While guys are out jameer and dwight have to step up their games and lead us offensively and defensively. Set a tone by dominating their individual match-ups,if they do that cleveland becomes a one man show. Us not having either of our three point shooting PF's will keep the game close,but i expect a magic victory.

  • At 5:17 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    They are talking about the cleveland matchup you friggin retard!!! crawl back up inside phil jacksons ass until the Magic play the fakers..

  • At 5:55 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Since I created the post, I was able to delete the Magic hater comments, none of which made any sense.


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