Now that the circus that is the Miami Heat has left town, things can get back to normal as the Orlando Magic play host to LeBron James’ former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
The Cavaliers enter the game on a bit of a high, coming off a buzzer-beating victory. Mo Williams hit a 15-foot jumper at the horn to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 83-81 Wednesday night. The win snapped the Cavaliers’ 3-game losing streak and improved their record to 6-8. The Magic defeated the Maimi Heat 104-95 Wednesday night to improve to 10-4.
The game will be shown locally by FSN Florida. As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
Tip-off from the Amway Center is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST.
Vince Carter will not play.
The officials for the game will be Ed Malloy, Bennie Adams and Kevin Fehr.
Opponent To Watch: Mo Williams, PG – Williams is Cleveland’s leading scorer but is averaging just 14.8 points per game. To be fair, Williams has been injured but that is a big dip from the last few years. No longer is LeBron James there to create open shots for these Cavaliers. The Cavs have really struggled on the offensive end, ranking 28th in offensive rating (102.5). It’s going to be a struggle to score and Williams must pick up the slack for his teammates. He had 25 points Wednesday but he’s still very inconsistent. In a loss to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night, he scored just 6 points.
What To Watch For: How the Magic respond after an emotional win over the Heat. The Magic will say Wednesday night was just another game but after being embarrassed in South Beach at the end October, they wanted that one bad. They got the victory and were rewarded by getting Thanksgiving Day off after originally having a practice scheduled.
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Topics: Brandon Bass, Byron Scott, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwight Howard, J.j. Redick, Jameer Nelson, LeBron James, Mickael Pietrus, Mo Williams, Orlando Magic, Quentin Richardson, Rashard Lewis, Stan Van Gundy, Vince Carter