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Friday, December 26, 2014

Game 29: Cavs at Magic

Amway Center
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

1. The Cavaliers have now won nine in a row over the Magic, including their last four in Orlando. This was the second of three meetings with them this year. They've beaten Orlando by an average of 20.5 points in the two wins.

2. Orlando forward Tobias Harris was held out of the first meeting in November. Harris came into the game averaging 18.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.00 steals.  He gave LeBron James a run for his money. They both earned technical fouls in the third quarter after Harris elbowed James in the chin. They yelled at each other for a few seconds. Harris is a developing into a major talent. He really took it to James for much of the night.

3. Coach David Blatt went back to a conventional lineup with an actual center and power forward. He started Tristan Thompson at center, next to Kevin Love. He's obviously not impressed with any of other bigs on the roster - Lou Amundson, Brendan Haywood or Alex Kirk. None of them got off the bench on Friday. Blatt's plan to go small in the Miami game blew up in his face. That strategy might work if the Cavs had more athleticism on the roster. He went small with a bunch of old 6-8 guys, and the Heat took advantage of them.

4. It looked like the Cavs' defense was going to cost them another game, especially after the Magic shot 72.2 percent from the field int the first quarter. One could make a case that the team's defense is getting worse. They did rally in the second half against Orlando.

5. Guard Dion Waiters continues to play inspired basketball with 17 points and three steals. He's actually defending at a high level.

6. Tristan Thompson had 13 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. The Magic had just five offensive boards as a team. Say what you want about this guy, but he plays his butt off.

UP NEXT: vs. Detroit, Quicken Loans Arena, 4:30 p.m. Sunday

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Tobias Harris (6-9, 235)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Kyle O'Quinn (6-10, 250)
C Tristan Thompson (6-10, 238) vs. Nikola Vucevic (7-0, 260)
SG Mike Miller (6-8, 218) vs. Victor Oladipo (6-4, 210)
PG Matthew Dellavedova (6-4, 200) vs. Elfrid Payton (6-4, 185)
Cavs - C Anderson Varejao, G Kyrie Irving
Magic - F Aaron Gordon, G Devyn Marble
Mike Callahan, Gediminas Petraitis, Leroy Richardson


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