The Magic, having lost 11 games in a row, needed some confidence to cling to. Something positive as a team to solidify all the individual gains that have been made in the last few weeks. Something to show that the hard work Maurice Harkless and Kyle O'Quinn and Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson have put in as young players with the opportunity given them.
They all turned in solid games once again in Cleveland on Friday night. And the return of Arron Afflalo was a big boost to an offense that has struggled mightily the last few games.
It seemed like things might come together at Quicken Loans Arena with a fast offensive start, a hot shooting game and dominating play inside from Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson. Offense is only half the game. When you struggle to defend without fouling for much of the second half and turn the ball over at an alarmingly high rate, no amount of offense is going to stem the tide.
The Cavaliers were forcing turnovers and turning them ...