Overview: In their most thorough manhandling of the season, the Cavs got utterly and completely destroyed by the Magic, scoring less points in four quarters than the Magic did in three.
The Cavaliers were fail. This is something we’re not used to seeing, but the way those teams were playing tonight, the Magic win 100 times out of 100. LeBron had a nice run to end the third after I’d stopped watching the game, but other than that they did a great job sealing the paint and keeping LeBron in n0-man’s land, completely shutting him down. Nobody shot. No movement. We got sailed right through on defense and were getting consistently beat up and down the floor. Absolute and total destruction.
So what do I say? I mean, this is not a representation of how evenly matched a playoff series is going to look between these two teams, but neither would any other game. It’s a statement game in that the Magic now have “told” the league they’re to be taken seriously as an elite team, but that’s something that fans care about. People in the know already knew it. If the Magic and Cavs meet in the ECF, then both teams are going to know that the Magic are very capable of taking the series coming in. This game doesn’t change that.
I’d feel better if this was our “free pass” game after a win streak, but we used that one lat night. Wake-up call, whatever.
All in all, we still have the best record in the NBA. Think about that. We’re not playing for all that much. “Momentum” and “getting things clicking,” and all that crap are sexy to talk about, but it’s really just stuff to keep us occupied. When the playoffs start, everything gets wiped clean. As much as we like to think our safety of mind will help once the 1st series starts, it really won’t.
Cherish that we’re at the point where we can have losses that feel embarrassing and important without actually meaning anything. Go be with your families. All will be well.