Game #54 - Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers Game Night Open Thread

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2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
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36-17 42-11
February 11, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
8:00 PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TNT
Probable starters:
Jameer Nelson PG Daniel Gibson
Vince Carter SG Anthony Parker
Matt Barnes SF LeBron James
Rashard Lewis PF J.J. Hickson
Dwight Howard C Shaquille O'Neal

The Cavaliers have won 12 straight.  They have the best home record in the NBA.  They are charging towards another 60-win season.  It all matters little if they keep playing they way they have the past 7 quarters.  After jumping out to a 20-point lead after the first quarter against the Knicks, the Cavaliers have been lack-luster to say the least.  After holding on against the Knicks, the Cavaliers were forced to play LeBron James 42 minutes against a 4-win New Jersey team.  Not the way you want to be playing with the Orlando Magic coming to town.

The Magic are red-hot again after going through a mid-season speed bump.  After come-from-behind wins over Boston and New Orleans, the Magic crushed the Bulls by 20 last night in Chicago.  They are playing very good basketball and will likely be using this game against the Cavaliers as a bit of a measuring stick as the NBA heads into the All-Star Break.

A bit of good news for the Wine and Gold - Delonte West has been activated and will play - though Daniel Gibson will continue to be in the starting lineup.

3-in the Key

1.  The Cavaliers are tied for their best 53-game start in team history(42-11) with last season's squad.  They also have the NBA's best point-differential at +7.4.  The Cavaliers are 27-4 in their last 31-games, best in the NBA.

2.  A win tonight would tie the franchise record of 13-straight wins set last season.

3.  The Cavaliers defeated the Magic 102-93 in their only meeting so far this season(11/11).  It was the biggest loss the Magic have seen this season at home.

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