Cavs vs. Magic, Game 81
at Quicken Loans Arena
TV: ABC (Channel 5)
RADIO: WMMS (100.7 FM)
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs sat out three starters against the Magic: center Shaquille O'Neal, guard Anthony Parker and forward LeBron James.
The Cavs are expected to sit James against the Hawks, too, on Wednesday. How ridiculous would it be for him to play and get hurt in the regular-season finale at Philips Arena.
The Cavs have decided the games don't mean any more than a "high-level practice."
The Magic still have their pedal to the metal. They still have something to play for: They want homecourt advantage in the NBA Finals. They think they're better than the Cavs. After beating them in the Eastern Conference finals last year, maybe they are.
In my mind, they are the only team in the Eastern Conference capable of beating the Cavs in a seven-game series.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
SF Jawad Williams (6-9, 220) vs. Matt Barnes (6-7, 226)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Rashard Lewis (6-10, 230)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Dwight Howard (6-11, 275)
SG Jamario Moon (6-8, 200) vs. Vince Carter (6-6, 220)
PG Delonte West (6-3, 190) vs. Jameer Nelson (6-0, 190)
Cavs - C Shaquille O'Neal, F LeBron James, G Anthony Parker.
Magic - C Adonal Foyle.
Tom Washington, Derrick Collins, Jason Phillips