August 18, 2014

Cavs vs Magic Behind the Box Score: Signs of a fun April?

AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

Talk about a boring game. But boring in the best way ever.

The Cavaliers were ready to play from the start in this one, and they never let up as they absolutely crushed the Magic by a 119-98 score. This one had a little bit of everything and everyone. Kyrie Irving came back and played well, Dion Waiters just kept doing what he’s been doing, Spencer Hawes had his best game in a while, and Tristan Thompson had a double-double. So yeah, it was a good game.

With every win the Cavaliers continue to keep the playoff hunt interesting. The Knicks and Hawks are virtually tied for the 8 seed, with the Cavs lingering just two games back. The Cavs’ chances would be a lot better if they were only chasing one team instead of two of them, but still, with six games left to play, this thing isn’t over yet.

Now lets look at a few numbers… [Read more...]

Cavs vs Magic Behind the Box Score: The wins keep rolling in

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

It wasn’t as easy as it could have, and probably should have been, but the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic to extend their winning streak to six.

The Cavs came out in this game picking up right where they left off in Philly, jumping to a big lead early, and eventually extending the lead all the way to 21. But in the 3rd quarter the Cavs starters stumbled a bit on both ends and let the Magic crawl back into the game. Orlando would hang around the rest of the game, eventually getting within 2. But then Tyler Zeller grabbed a huge offensive rebound and converted an And-1 and the Cavaliers never looked back, coming away with a 101-93 win.

This was by no means a perfect game, but it was a game the Cavaliers needed to win and the bottom line is, they made the plays they needed to in order to get the job done.

Now lets get into some numbers… [Read more...]

Cavs vs Magic Behind The Box Score: Undefeated in 2014!

They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game.

Anderson Varejao vs MagicThere are ugly games in the NBA. Teams have ugly wins. Then you have whatever this game was. With Kyrie Irving sitting out with a bruised left knee, the Cavaliers played one of the worst basketball games I have ever seen. Thankfully, they played the Orlando Magic.

There’s not a whole lot to say about the first 3.9 quarters of this game. Both teams took turns trying to out-lose each other, but in the final minute of the game, the Magic appeared to have a comfortable 79-70 lead. In the final minute, all kinds of crazy would break out.

Dion Waiters got things started by hitting a pair of FTs. After an Arron Afflalo miss, Jarrett Jack was fouled on a three-point attempt and would make all 3 free throws. Orlando would then get called for a 5 second violation trying to inbound the ball. Dion would make layup to bring the Cavs within two at 79-77 with 10 seconds left. The Cavs fouled E’Twaun Moore to send him to the line with 9 seconds left. Moore would miss both free throws and on the 2nd miss, the Magic knocked the ball out of bounds to give the ball back to the Cavs. Dion then completed a nice drive to the basket to tie the game with 0.6 seconds left and the game would go to overtime.

In overtime, the Magic could only manage 2 points, going scoreless over the final 3:19 of the game, and the Cavaliers pulled away to come up with an unexpected 87-81 win. For most of this game it felt like the Cavaliers were hitting rock bottom. It was offensive to the game of basketball, and it really said a lot about the construction of this team outside of Kyrie Irving. But credit to guys like Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, and Dion Waiters who all made huge plays at different points and found a way to come up with a win.

Now let’s get into the mostly ugly numbers… [Read more...]

Wojnarowski: Cavaliers Out of the Dwight Howard Trade Situation

Much of the past couple days have been spent focusing on the potential 3-4 team trade to get Dwight Howard from Orlando to Brooklyn. The Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to be the 3rd team involved in the trade, looking to acquire Kris Humphries and a first round pick for their troubles.

According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, though, the Cavaliers are no longer involved in the trade discussions:

Not only is Cleveland out, but it sounds as if the trade itself seems to be falling apart, with the Magic and Nets now trying to focus on a deal just between the two teams:

As always, the Cavaliers have not and will not comment on this trade. Despite some ridiculous speculation that the Cavaliers were looking to facilitate this trade to “stick it” to LeBron by creating another Eastern Conference power, the reality of the situation is the Cavaliers were merely looking to add assets for nothing. When it became clear, though, that Kris Humphries wanted a longer deal than the Cavaliers were comfortable giving him, the Cavaliers walked away from the table.

[Related: Irving, Waiters, Thompson and Zeller Headline Cavs’ Summer League Roster]

Box Score: Magic 100, Cavaliers 84

Maybe the Cavaliers should have kept Luke Harangody around for this game, too.

On paper, the Cavaliers should have had a chance in this game. With Dwight Howard already out for this game with an injury, his backup Big Baby Davis went down with injury early in this contest. That should have cracked the door open for the Cavaliers to play a tough game and sneak out a win.

Instead, the Cavaliers fell behind by 20 early. A couple times they tried to go on runs, closing the gap to 9 points here, 12 points there. But every time, the Magic answered with a run of their own to expand their lead again. It’s easy, and perhaps appropriate, to blame the Cavaliers sluggish offense on this being their 3rd game in 3 days. But the NBA is no place for excuses, and really this was just an all around disappointing effort from the wine and gold.

Too many turnovers (17, compared to 6 for Orlando), poor shooting (37% compared to Orlando’s 45%), and just poorly executed half court offense plagued the team all day. Antawn Jamison returned to score 21 points, and Donald Sloan had a career high 15 points, but it’s hard to really highlight any positives from this game.

There are now 2 weeks left in the season, and the Cavaliers will be back to the grind Tuesday in Detroit. The Cavaliers played tough Friday and Saturday, so the weekend wasn’t all bad. But this will be a game to forget for Cleveland.

Orlando

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J.J. Redick G 32:39 4-12 3-8 2-2 +13 1 2 4 1 0 1 0 0 13
J. Nelson G 28:47 8-14 2-4 3-3 +15 0 7 9 3 0 0 0 2 21
G. Davis C 7:07 3-6 0-0 0-0 +7 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6
R. Anderson F 36:12 3-11 1-4 2-2 +18 4 13 2 0 1 1 0 4 9
J. Richardson F 32:27 6-13 4-7 0-0 +7 0 6 3 1 2 1 0 4 16
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-79 11-29 17-21   7 39 25 6 10 8 2 20 100
Percentages .456 .379 .810   Team Rebounds: 6
D. Orton 28:57 3-4 0-0 5-8 +3 0 4 1 0 5 3 0 2 11
E. Clark 23:44 5-5 0-0 3-4 +4 1 1 3 0 0 2 0 4 13
C. Duhon 19:13 2-7 1-5 0-0 +1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 5
Q. Richardson 15:33 2-5 0-1 0-0 +9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
V. Wafer 15:21 0-2 0-0 2-2 +3 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 2
J. Harper DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Liggins DNP – Coach’s Decision
I. Smith DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Sloan G 31:59 5-10 1-3 4-5 -13 1 4 5 3 0 0 0 1 15
A. Parker G 27:02 3-7 2-3 0-2 -11 1 5 2 0 1 0 1 2 8
T. Thompson C 28:36 1-8 0-0 1-2 -11 4 8 0 1 0 0 3 1 3
A. Jamison F 34:11 5-13 1-3 10-12 -9 1 5 6 4 1 1 0 5 21
A. Gee F 31:24 4-11 0-2 2-2 -6 4 8 1 0 1 0 1 1 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 28-75 6-19 22-29   13 47 18 17 4 2 8 19 84
Percentages .373 .316 .759   Team Rebounds: 9
M. Harris 20:58 3-6 1-2 3-4 -5 0 4 2 3 1 0 0 3 10
S. Samuels 19:24 2-6 0-0 2-2 -5 2 6 0 0 0 1 2 1 6
O. Casspi 16:36 2-6 1-3 0-0 -10 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 5
L. Hudson 16:01 3-6 0-3 0-0 -3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 6
L. Walton 13:49 0-2 0-0 0-0 -7 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 2 0
D. Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision
K. Irving DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision

LeBron Rests His Body, While FanHouse Writer Rests His Mind

This is probably never going to stop. I’ve written this before, and I’ll say it once more, LeBron James never had a chance with the media. He had so much hype coming out of high school, that most people thought he could never live up to it. Instead, not only has LeBron lived up to it, he has so far exceeded it that he’s left little doubt to most as to who the best player in the game is. And all along the way he’s more or less done the right things and said the right things. He’s so conscious of his image that he’s almost overly cautious to say something that could be interpreted the wrong way. Because of all this, people have to invent drama and feign indignance in order to be critical of him to better serve their agenda.

If you don’t know who Tim Povtak is, he’s an NBA writer for FanHouse. Prior to joining FanHouse, he spent almost 30 years at the Orlando Sentinel. Evidently during that time he and Mike Bianchi spent some time rubbing off on each other. After writing an article last week titled “[Dwight] Howard Won’t Sit Like Kobe and LeBron”, he decided to follow that up with a completely irrational argument today. Povtak is saying that LeBron owes fans a “refund” for not playing against the Magic yesterday. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #54: Magic at Cavs

Cavaliers vs MagicOrlando Magic (36-17) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (42-11)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Thursday, February 11, 2010
8:00 PM EST
TNT/WTAM

Well, it was certainly fun while it lasted. This extended home stand will be ending shortly, but what is already over is the stretch of playing mediocre teams. Tonight begins a stretch of games against Orlando, Denver, at Charlotte, at Orlando, New Orleans, at Boston, and at Toronto to close out the month of February. The Magic struggled for a while earlier this year after their blazing hot start, but they’re beginning to get the heat back as they have begun to play some really great basketball. Delonte West will be a gametime decision, although Brian Windhorst seems to think there are some indications he will play, which makes me think he will. It would be nice if he could, because Orlando is a team that will flat out punish you if you’re not tough on your perimeter defense against them. This is going to be a great test tonight to see where this Cavaliers team really stands.   [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #8: Cavs at Magic

Cavaliers vs Magic

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) vs
Orlando Magic (6-2)
Amaway Arena, Orlando, FL
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
8:00 PM EST
ESPN/WTAM

Get ready to continue the tour of misery portion of the 2009-10 schedule tonight. After a nice and much needed 4 day break, Cavaliers fans will pick up right where they left off. After being subjected to ESPN’s heavy handed approach to the proliferation of LeBron to New York innuendo last Friday, tonight we get to relive one of the most painful sports series we have ever been subjected to in Cleveland. Speaking as a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, I’m not sure any series loss has hurt more than the Magic series last year. I have never felt more sure that a Cleveland team was destined to win a Championship than last years’ Cavs team. So yeah, that one hurt. A lot. Now, tonight, I fully expect ESPN to pounce on the opportunity to show highlights and bring it up as frequently as they can because, well, it’s ESPN and beating storylines and talking points into the ground is what they do best. So brace yourself. Beyond that, the struggling Cavaliers only have to play a team that, despite not having Rashard Lewis, Vince, Carter, and Ryan Anderson for parts of this season still has been able to score points at will and is off to great 6-2 start. It could be a long night for the Cavaliers in Orlando.   [Read more...]

ECF Game 4 Numbers and Words

Mo Williams Heartbreak. Despair. Disillusion. It’s all there. That game hurt. A lot. The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Orlando Magic 116-114 in an Overtime thriller in Game 4, and now trail the Magic 3-1 in the series. The situation is dire, for sure, but no matter how slim hope may be, the Cavaliers still have a chance to win this series. It’s up to Mo Williams to do it.

- I’m going to be more brief than usual today. There’s not much you can say about a game like this. I know it would be easy to be down on the Cavaliers, and I haven’t even read the Open Thread from the game last night yet out of fear of what I might read there. But know this. The Magic made 17 three pointers in a game twice this year, and they won those games by 32 points and 23 points. They shot over 40% from three 30 times in the regular season. They went 27-3 in those games, with an average margin of 13.93 points. They’ve shot over 40% from three in this series 3 times. In those 3 games, the Cavaliers have lost by one point, won a game, and took them to overtime before losing by 2 in the third. The Cavaliers are not playing awful. The Magic are just a great team, built for just this. They knew with this team that they could get on fire like this, and when they’re on, look out. 27-3 speaks for itself. So for the Cavaliers to have had a chance to beat them every time they’ve shot like this in this series speaks volumes for the way LeBron James has carried this team.

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Cavaliers Season On The Line Tonight

Cleveland Cavaliers

As the Cleveland Cavaliers get set to take on the Orlando Magic tonight in Orlando, the team finds itself yet again in an unfamiliar position with their backs against the wall. To call this game a “must win” might be a little strong, but it’s in the ballpark. The Cavaliers’ scenario for winning this series is simple. Win both remaining games at home in the Q, and find a way to win one of the two remaining games in Orlando. So even if the Cavaliers lose tonight, in theory they still just have to win Game 6 in Orlando and protect home court. This shouldn’t be too hard for a team which only lost at home twice in the regular season and which tied for the 2nd best road record in the league. You wouldn’t think it would be, anyway. But to this point in this series, it has been.      [Read more...]

ECF Game 2 Numbers and Words

LeBron JamesIf you think that shot was huge last night, just imagine how history will view that shot if the Cavaliers are able to achieve their goal this season. It happened in a flash. It was a moment that has a chance to alter destiny. It was a singular shot that changed the mindset of an entire city. It was the difference between despair and hope. Between desperation and redemption. It was simply everything that is great about sports, and even if for one night only, LeBron James gave us all a sense of optimism and belief that the Cavaliers can somehow fix their defensive issues and overcome the Magic in this series. The 96-95 victory was a moment that none of us will ever forget. You can read Craig’s recap of the game here, but what follows is my analysis in numbers and words.

- I can honestly say that I have never been so unsure how to feel about a series. This series could easily be 2-0 Cavs, 2-0 Orlando, or the 1-1 tie that it is. Any of those scenarios are not only plausible, but likely. The Magic are a contested 3 from Rashard Lewis/missed wide open 3 from Delonte West/missed touch jumper off a tipped jump ball from Mo Williams away from being down 0-2. On the same note, the Cavaliers are a miracle shot from LeBron away from being down 0-2. Two games, two one point victories for teams decided on last second shots. Both games it was the Cavs who had to take the last shot trailing by 1 with just 1.0 seconds left. Wednesday it was Mo Williams who took the shot after LeBron won the jump ball tip back to him, but that shot just missed going in. Last night, it was LeBron who took the shot off the inbound pass from Mo, and it was LeBron who once again saved Cleveland from itself. Just a remarkable series so far.   [Read more...]

Eastern Conference Finals Preview

Cavaliers vs Magic

Orlando Magic (59-23) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (66-16)
Eastern Conference Finals
Game 1: 5/20/09 8:30 PM
Game 2: 5/22/09 8:30 PM
Game 3: 5/24/09 8:30 PM
Game 4: 5/26/09 8:30 PM
Game 5: 5/28/09 8:30 PM
Game 6: 5/30/09 8:30 PM
Game 7: 6/01/09 8:30 PM
All Games on TNT/WTAM

If you’re like me, you find it hard to even remember the last game the Cavaliers played. In this postseason so far, the Cavaliers have practically been sitting around doing nothing just as long as they have been playing actual games. In other words, the Cavaliers really haven’t felt any pressure, or weariness from the playoff grind, or intensity of tight playoff finishes. None of that. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2009 NBA Playoffs begin tonight. We’ve all heard the rest vs rust arguments, and tonight we’ll see just how sharp (or not) the Cavaliers managed to keep themselves over the 9 days they’ve gone since last playing. If you take out the throw-away final game of the regular season in which the Cavs gave most of the starters the night off, the last team to beat the Cavaliers was the Orlando Magic all the way back on April 3rd. That game was a 29 point loss for the Cavaliers that wasn’t even that close. The Magic are 2-1 against Cleveland this year, have won 4 playoff games on the road, and rose above most peoples’ doubts and expectations to knock off the defending champs on the road in Game 7 last series. The Magic aren’t scared of the Cavaliers one bit, and they don’t even feel like they should be the underdogs. Their confidence is at an all-time high right now. So buckle up, Cavs fans….for the first time this postseason, the Cavaliers are about to enter a dogfight.   [Read more...]

Cavs Preview Game #67: Magic at Cavs

Cavaliers vs MagicOrlando Magic (49-17) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (53-13)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
7:00 PM EST
NBATV/FSNOH/WTAM

The Cleveland Cavaliers can feel it. Home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs is right at the tip of their fingers, there for the taking. With only 5 games left on the road, the vast majority of the rest of the season will be spent in the soothing comfort of The Q, where the Cavaliers are 29-1 on the season. Overall, the Cavs are experience a winning season unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the history of this franchise. The Cavs have won 22 of their last 27 games. Since the All-Star Break the Cavs are 8-2 on the road and 13-2 overall. Most of that has been done through various injuries to starters (Z, Wallace, West) and reserves (Szczerbiak, Kinsey, Pavlovic) alike. Whereas past versions of the Cavaliers would have sulked and let their play on the court suffer while nursing injuries, this year’s team has shown an uncanny ability to stay focused and pick up their game where they are lacking due to injury. It hasn’t always been pretty, it hasn’t always been easy, but home court is theirs to have if they would just reach out and take it. The Cavs are 3.5 games clear of Boston (4 in the loss column), and all they really have to do is win out at home. If the Cavs can do that, they will be the top seed in the East. It begins tonight with Orlando in town.  [Read more...]