Cavaliers vs. Magic: So That Happened

So the Cavs were in Cleveland today facing off against the Orlando Magic. It was the third game of a back-to-back-to-back, and thus it wasn't pretty for the Cavs.

Cavs Leaders: Points: Jamison, 21; Rebounds: Thompson, Gee, 8; Assists: Jamison(???), 6

Quick Thoughts:

This game was hard to watch. No one could score effectively, and both squads have been decimated by injuries. Actually, there probably should have been a "because" in that last sentence. The Magic were further set back by an injury to Glen Davis in the first quarter, leaving them no alternative but to rely on third-string center Daniel Orton. When you're behind Big Baby for the backup center spot, you know you're not doing so great.

Daniel Orton had a decent game at 11 pts on 3-4 shooting with 4 reb, 5 stl, and 3 blks. The fact that this happened somewhat concerns me. It was probably a fluke game, but Orton simply being bigger than any Cav caused a lot of problems for all of the big men. Hopefully the Cavs address this size deficit in the offseason.

I honestly don't have much to say about anyone. Tristan had a poor game, but he picked up his rebounding. Antawn had another inefficient shooting night, but he got his shots up. Lester Hudson didn't get very many shots up. Gee continued his streak of poor performances.

Donald Sloan may have been the only bright spot in this game. He was 5-10 for 15 pts, 5 ast, 4 reb. He was penetrating, getting to the rack, and finishing strong. He's quietly been having a string of solid games, and is almost certainly earning an invite to training camp this summer.

Fear The Sword's Player Of The Game:

Donald Sloan. He was the only Cavalier who had a consistently solid effort. His penetration, solid midrange shooting, and improving finishing ability are serving him well in this league, and could see him earn a roster spot next year.

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