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Thoughts on the Cleveland series so far...

Disclaimer to begin: I called Orlando in 6 at the beginning of the series. I'm still holding to that. I also did not see Game 2 at all, as I was at a convention until after the game was over.

 

The starts: Orlando finally got a good start to a game in Game 3. They've adjusted to LeBron defending the point, and are aggressively attacking early. This must continue. It looks like the most effective way to attack will be to use Turkoglu as a Point Forward distributing the ball and driving (not jump shooting). We can't expect Rafer to hit everything he takes in further games.

 

The officiating: I'm not really going to complain too much. other than to kvetch that it's inconsistent. It's mostly been called tight both ways, with a few absurd non-calls.

 

Thoughts on the rest of the series: The Magic can't really stop LeBron. If they can slow him down and force him to jump-shoot, that's good enough (IMO). The need is to smother West and Williams, keep them from contributing significantly, and force LeBron to do it all himself. Howard needs to be more in control the rest of the series, and stop getting offensive fouls. If the Cavaliers are going to play the Williams-West-Pavlovic-James-weedy center line (covering Varejao and Ilgauskas), we need to abuse Pavlovic and Varejao/Ilgauskas. None of those three can cover Turk/Pietrus/Howard, and the need for double-teams will open up the perimeter for shots or drives. While we don't have an answer for LeBron, Cleveland doesn't have answers for multiple Magic players.

This FanPost was made by a member of the Orlando Pinstriped Post community, and is to be treated as the opinions and views of its author, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

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