Cavs 110, Magic 105
at Amway Center
Some observations from the Cavs' preseason win in Orlando on Friday:
-- The Cavs trailed by 18 points and really looked like they were running in mud in the first half. The Magic shot 59 percent from the field in the first half. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the locker room at halftime. Coach Mike Brown had to be irate.
-- The game was won with the huge comeback in the second half. Brown yanked his starters and went with the lineup of Anthony Bennett, Henry Sims, Carrick Felix, Sergey Karasev and Matthew Dellavedova down the stretch. They were fun to watch.
-- Bennett, the Cavs' No. 1 overall pick from UNLV, has been under fire for his lack of conditioning. He was outstanding in the second half, more specifically in the fourth quarter. He ended with 16 points and four rebounds. He was unstoppable in the fourth. He's still not in tip-top shape, but you can see what the Cavs saw in him to make him the first overall pick. Once he gets in shape, he could take his game to a new height. He was driven on Friday.
-- Guard Dion Waiters looked very good with a game-high 21 points. He was 8 of 13 from the field, a very efficient performance.
-- Center DeSagana Diop didn't play. He's not long for the team, regardless of Andrew Bynum's knees. It appears to be a battle between Sims and Kenny Kadji for the last roster spot.
-- I like what I saw from Orlando guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick. He is now a point guard after being a "2" at Indiana. He had a team-high 18 points.