Game 50: Magic at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM), WFUN (970 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs have scored at least 115 points in their last three games and are averaging 108.3 in their last seven games at The Q.
The last time the Cavs scored at least 115 points in three consecutive games was Jan. 15-20, 1993.
Wow. How's that for expert commentary?
Are things coming together for the Cavs? They've won three in a row, six of the last seven and seven of the last 10. They are also 11-11 in their last 22 games since Dec. 22.
Saturday's game against surging Denver is going to be a barnburner. The Nuggets have won eight in a row.
The Magic have hit the wall. They are so banged up right now, even though their starting backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo can do some damage.
They've now lost 12 in a row. They haven't won since Jan. 16 vs. Indiana. They sure didn't look like a team that had lost 12 in a row to me.
Since the Magic's last victory, the Cavs are 7-3. Not only are they healthy, they are playing extremely well. They are also playing the soft part of their schedule. They have finally found out how to win at home and are 9-13 at The Q. They are 3-0 on their current seven-game homestand. They should be tearing up right now, and they are taking advantage of it.
In their last seven home games, the Cavs are averaging 27.1 assists compared to just 10.9 turnovers.
Kyrie Irving is averaging 25.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.3 steals in his last 17 games. He is shooting 48.6 percent from the 3-point line and 90.1 from the foul line in that stretch.
NEWS FEED: Brian Schmitz's story on the injury-plagued Magic in today's Orlando Sentinel.
LAST GAME: The Cavs defeated Charlotte on Wednesday, 122-95.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs.Maurice Harkless (6-8, 210)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Andrew Nicholson (6-9, 250)
C Tyler Zeller (7-0, 250) vs. Nikola Vucevic (7-0, 240)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 221) vs. Arron Afflalo (6-5, 215)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Jameer Nelson (6-0, 190)
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, G Josh Selby
Magic - F/C Glen Davis, F Al Harrington
Mike Callahan, Kevin Cutler, Gary Zielinski