Live Thread: Cavs @ Magic

The Cavs need a bounce bag win after the drubbing Charlotte handed them and news that the vets think Collin Sexton doesn’t know how to play and that the front office backed out of a handshake deal to trade Kyle Korver if LeBron James left over the summer. Thankfully, the Magic are on a back to back, although they did get the win against the Spurs on Sunday, and are only 3-6 this season.c

The Magic are led by big man Nikola Vucevic who is putting up 18.3 points, grabbing 10.6 boards, and dishing out four assists a night. Their small forward, Aaron Gordan, is getting 15.3 per night from the Power Forward spot and shooting guard Evan Fournier is putting up 15.3. Orlando isn’t stacked but their attack comes from multiple positions with capable individual scorers.

The Cavs are without Kevin Love still, while the Magic will be without Jonathan Isaac, and Timofey Mozgov will be out for the Magic.

Three Things to Watch

1. With the Magic having such a varied attack, the Cavs need to defend at a moderate level from all spots on the floor the entire night. Cutting off one man on this team won’t work. Someone else will just step up. They aren’t amazing offensively, they’re last in the league, but the Cavs have a habit of making awful teams look like All-Stars.

2. Aaron Gordan is an above average defender.  However, the rest of the Magic are below average. The Cavs will need Sam Dekker to space the floor to keep Gordan from being able to help the rest of the Magic stop the Cavs attack.

3. If the Cavs vets are going to call out Sexton, they need to show up and lead by example. They cannot be passive.  J.R. Smith is shooting just 33.3% this year and getting 4.8 a night. He wants to be traded, so he needs to perform. The Cavs are looking for value if they get rid of him. George Hill needs to put together four solid quarters. He can’t be the most aggressive player and the most passive in a five minute span. And, Larry Drew needs to lean on the vets if this game gets out of hand.

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Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 12 hours ago

Tom Pestak
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12 days 11 hours ago

great tweet

Joeyb
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Joeyb
12 days 12 hours ago

At the end of the day, the loss doesn’t mean much. We’re not making the playoffs. A strong team will use this as a teaching moment.

John B
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John B
12 days 12 hours ago

Hope so.

Nate Smith
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12 days 13 hours ago

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 13 hours ago

Que the Benny Hill theme song!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 13 hours ago

Cue

Nate Smith
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12 days 12 hours ago

Either might be applicable.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 12 hours ago

Thought so

Nate Smith
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12 days 13 hours ago

West coast cav
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West coast cav
12 days 13 hours ago

Is it official, are the Cavs the worse team in the NBA?

Rob
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Rob
12 days 13 hours ago

Yes – I would set a realistic win total at 18.5 (probably take under).

I really feel for that locker room tonight. They played a damn good second half.

Nate Smith
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12 days 13 hours ago

I’m waiting around to tell buck turgidson to get bent.

Chris K
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Chris K
12 days 13 hours ago

Yeah, Turd Buckidson’s presence has been an unwelcome constant…

JOHN B
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JOHN B
12 days 13 hours ago

I think you mean sunshine

Nate Smith
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12 days 13 hours ago

CLF
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CLF
12 days 13 hours ago

Well, the defense improved, but they better work on their situational basketball…. that was awful, Cedi with the bad decision, Korver needs to be stronger with the ball regardless because tons of fouls never get called in that situation… also it was a dumb play to have Korver get trapped by the sideline and half court line for the double team. Blunders all around, good call Nate on the TO situation.

John B
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John B
12 days 13 hours ago

Agree. Drew could have called some timeouts. But yeah those plays just can’t happen.

LAbron
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LAbron
12 days 13 hours ago

We can’t even secure an OT……smh

Nate Smith
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12 days 13 hours ago

Lets talk about how dumb the foul by clarkson 94 feet from the basket was.

John B
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John B
12 days 13 hours ago

Well we may not get another shot to win for awhile. When do we play The wiz?

MikeO
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MikeO
12 days 13 hours ago

Yeah, refs missed at least the call on Korver, but Cavs put themselves in position to lose that…should have never been close enough for the refs to impact it…

John B
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John B
12 days 13 hours ago

For sure. But you have to expect some hacks like that. Korver has to hold on. Cedi can’t do what he did to begin with. Hill has to know they likely won’t call body contact on a drive in the last possession

CLF
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CLF
12 days 13 hours ago

Yup, yup, and yup.

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
12 days 13 hours ago

Last two minute report will show the refs handed that game to the Magic. Or if it doesn’t, then they are a flat out lie.

I count at least three terrible home court rulings against us at least in the final 2 minutes.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 13 hours ago

There’s a reason why some people think the game is rigged. I hope Dan sends a big “F U” letter in Comic Sans to the Zebras.

Simmo
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Simmo
12 days 14 hours ago

Orlando escape the ignominy of losing at home to the Cavs.

Tom Pestak
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12 days 14 hours ago

aw man – this one is gonna sting

Simmo
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Simmo
12 days 14 hours ago

Wowee

MikeO
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MikeO
12 days 14 hours ago

I had zero doubt Fournier was going to hit a three to win it…no doubt at all…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 13 hours ago

I think it was a two.

John B
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John B
12 days 13 hours ago

Same

Nate Smith
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12 days 14 hours ago

Can get upset at cedi, but Drew had three tos, 37 seconds left, a 5 point lead and a young team. Have to call a to on that inbounds and didn’t.

John B
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John B
12 days 13 hours ago

Also was bad d on the fourneir game winner. Overshot, left him more or less an open easy look with a simple dribble to the left. This is on Cedi. How many times has he seen the same scenario? Just a poor game. It happens, but this was painful

Nate Smith
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12 days 13 hours ago

Why are you putting anyone on the inbounder with1.8 left? Hes not gonna have time to get it back.

Tom Pestak
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12 days 11 hours ago

Craig Ehlo’s top 2 plays of his career! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O935MFKcz08#t=5m9s

Tom Pestak
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12 days 12 hours ago

WHAT?! Come on Nate.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
12 days 13 hours ago

Ideally to make the inbounds passing angle more difficult. Didn’t work. And wasn’t executed well.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

Ridiculous! I’m blaming the refs for that loss. I won’t even blame Cedi.

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Goddamnit cedi

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Love to Gordon

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Lob.

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Here comes the heartache

Simmo
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Simmo
12 days 14 hours ago

What a pleasure it is to watch these two classy teams going at it…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

The officiating in the NBA is at an all-time low!

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

They will never call that in the end if a game.

Nate Smith
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12 days 14 hours ago

Three uncalled fouls in the last 10 seconds ridiculous.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

WTF Refs?

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Such bad out of bounds

Rob
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Rob
12 days 14 hours ago

Hill or Clarkson take this shot?

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

If this goes to it, we lose. Calling it

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

OT

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

That was a horrible non-call by the refs.

CLF
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CLF
12 days 14 hours ago

Wow….. Can’t believe he missed that ft!!!!

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Orlando doesn’t want the gift we have given them

MikeO
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MikeO
12 days 14 hours ago

Cavs are going to blow this…yeah, Korver got fouled…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

Refs totally hosed us AGAIN!!!

CLF
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CLF
12 days 14 hours ago

Wtf…….

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

F@#@$@$#$@$#$$@$@$k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

How is that not a foul on the Magic?

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Gotta make fts. No turnovers. No fouls on threes.

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Sigh. This now has the feeling of heartbreak in the last few seconds

Tom Pestak
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12 days 14 hours ago

yikes!

Nate Smith
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12 days 14 hours ago

Should’ve called timeout, cavs

MikeO
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MikeO
12 days 14 hours ago

bad decision, Cedi…gotta be smarter…

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Damn cedi. That was truly awful. Man this game is on him if we lose.

CLF
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CLF
12 days 14 hours ago

Cedi terrible basketball iq!!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

WTF Cedi?

Nate Smith
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12 days 14 hours ago

Just hold the ball! Ugh.

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Well we have a shot

Tom Pestak
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12 days 14 hours ago

lol JR

CLF
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CLF
12 days 14 hours ago

JR SWISH!!!!!!!!!!! DAGGER!!!!!!

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Jr makes up for it!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

Cold Blooded JR!

Simmo
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Simmo
12 days 14 hours ago

Argh feed down. Figures.

Nate Smith
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12 days 14 hours ago

Swish!

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Great pass hill. Great finish TT. Tt’s best game since maybe 2016

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

Wasn’t that offensive interference?

CLF
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CLF
12 days 14 hours ago

Hill to TT!!!!!!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

Yes!!!

Nate Smith
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12 days 14 hours ago

TT puts em up 5!

MikeO
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MikeO
12 days 14 hours ago

I knew all that JR dribbling would not end well…

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Oh that was a bad turnover jr

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Maybe

CLF
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CLF
12 days 14 hours ago

Terrible near turnover jr

Tom Pestak
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12 days 14 hours ago

G Hill with the pull up 3?

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

George Hill over Steph Curry

CLF
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CLF
12 days 14 hours ago

George Hill best player on the court!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
12 days 14 hours ago

This feels like game 7 of the 2016 finals

MikeO
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MikeO
12 days 14 hours ago

Hill actually interested in playing tonight…

CLF
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CLF
12 days 14 hours ago

Wow George Hill taking over!!!

John B
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John B
12 days 14 hours ago

Hill with another make.

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