Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 4/15/12

Maybe the Cavaliers should have kept Luke Harangody around for this game, too.

On paper, the Cavaliers should have had a chance in this game. With Dwight Howard already out for this game with an injury, his backup Big Baby Davis went down with injury early in this contest. That should have cracked the door open for the Cavaliers to play a tough game and sneak out a win.

Instead, the Cavaliers fell behind by 20 early. A couple times they tried to go on runs, closing the gap to 9 points here, 12 points there. But every time, the Magic answered with a run of their own to expand their lead again. It’s easy, and perhaps appropriate, to blame the Cavaliers sluggish offense on this being their 3rd game in 3 days. But the NBA is no place for excuses, and really this was just an all around disappointing effort from the wine and gold.

Too many turnovers (17, compared to 6 for Orlando), poor shooting (37% compared to Orlando’s 45%), and just poorly executed half court offense plagued the team all day. Antawn Jamison returned to score 21 points, and Donald Sloan had a career high 15 points, but it’s hard to really highlight any positives from this game.

There are now 2 weeks left in the season, and the Cavaliers will be back to the grind Tuesday in Detroit. The Cavaliers played tough Friday and Saturday, so the weekend wasn’t all bad. But this will be a game to forget for Cleveland.

Orlando Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts J.J. Redick G 32:39 4-12 3-8 2-2 +13 1 2 4 1 0 1 0 0 13 J. Nelson G 28:47 8-14 2-4 3-3 +15 0 7 9 3 0 0 0 2 21 G. Davis C 7:07 3-6 0-0 0-0 +7 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 R. Anderson F 36:12 3-11 1-4 2-2 +18 4 13 2 0 1 1 0 4 9 J. Richardson F 32:27 6-13 4-7 0-0 +7 0 6 3 1 2 1 0 4 16 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 36-79 11-29 17-21 7 39 25 6 10 8 2 20 100 Percentages .456 .379 .810 Team Rebounds: 6 D. Orton 28:57 3-4 0-0 5-8 +3 0 4 1 0 5 3 0 2 11 E. Clark 23:44 5-5 0-0 3-4 +4 1 1 3 0 0 2 0 4 13 C. Duhon 19:13 2-7 1-5 0-0 +1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 5 Q. Richardson 15:33 2-5 0-1 0-0 +9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 V. Wafer 15:21 0-2 0-0 2-2 +3 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 J. Harper DNP – Coach’s Decision D. Liggins DNP – Coach’s Decision I. Smith DNP – Coach’s Decision Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts D. Sloan G 31:59 5-10 1-3 4-5 -13 1 4 5 3 0 0 0 1 15 A. Parker G 27:02 3-7 2-3 0-2 -11 1 5 2 0 1 0 1 2 8 T. Thompson C 28:36 1-8 0-0 1-2 -11 4 8 0 1 0 0 3 1 3 A. Jamison F 34:11 5-13 1-3 10-12 -9 1 5 6 4 1 1 0 5 21 A. Gee F 31:24 4-11 0-2 2-2 -6 4 8 1 0 1 0 1 1 10 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 28-75 6-19 22-29 13 47 18 17 4 2 8 19 84 Percentages .373 .316 .759 Team Rebounds: 9 M. Harris 20:58 3-6 1-2 3-4 -5 0 4 2 3 1 0 0 3 10 S. Samuels 19:24 2-6 0-0 2-2 -5 2 6 0 0 0 1 2 1 6 O. Casspi 16:36 2-6 1-3 0-0 -10 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 5 L. Hudson 16:01 3-6 0-3 0-0 -3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 L. Walton 13:49 0-2 0-0 0-0 -7 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 D. Gibson DNP – Coach’s Decision K. Irving DNP – Coach’s Decision A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision
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