With 4:19 left in the first quarter and the Cavaliers up 10, Waiters was replaced with Shaun Livingston, who played shooting guard (Irving stayed in). The Magic outscored the Cavaliers 11-2. For one glorious minute to start the second quarter, Shaun played point guard. Then he picked up his third foul, and Waiters played PG for the next 5 minutes. With 4:36 left in the third quarter and the Cavaliers up 10, Waiters was replaced with Shaun Livingston, who played shooting guard (no, this is not a repeat). The Magic outscored the Cavaliers 11-7 during this time. Looks like the Cavaliers were testing Shaun to see how he'd play at shooting guard. His stint in the first quarter was a disaster- nobody had any idea where they were supposed to be, and the Magic swarmed Irving. The third quarter, the last 2:28 was Irving/Livingston/Gee/Walton/Speights. The only reason why we were merely outscored 7-1 during that time is because Orlando missed some easy shots. According to 82games.com, it looks like the Irving-Livingston combination is about 20% of Shaun's minutes- a little under 4 minutes per game, and normally they're a little above average together (compared to when they aren't together). Certainly, it's not a train wreck like it was this game. I can understand why the Cavaliers would be tempted to make a three-guard rotation of Irving, Waiters, and Livingston, and I'll be watching from now on to see how it goes. Based on what little I've seen of it, I'd rather have Ellington, Miles, or Gee play shooting guard when Waiters is out.
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