Things can’t get much worse for the Orlando Magic, who sport a 12-27 record, good for 14th in the Eastern Conference.
But then the King comes to town.
The Magic welcome His Royalness to Orlando during a bit of an ugly stretch for the East’s third leading team at 25-13. The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be on a bit of a rough patch, having sported four losses in their previous five bouts against opponents like the Celtics, Jazz, Kings and Warriors. However, their one victory was highlighted by the return of All-Star Isaiah Thomas (hip) who put in 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting in just 19 minutes in his return off the bench vs the Blazers of Portland.
After having missed his return to Boston (rest), IT aims to not only play, but start.
Lucky for the Magic….
While Derrick Rose remains out of the lineup, the Heat (Cavs), still post potential sixth man of the year, Dwyane Wade, to go along with starters IT, JR Smith, Jae Crowder, LeBron and Kevin Love.
Oh, and LeBron just won his second consecutive player of the month honors with an obscene 27.5 points, 10.3 assists and 8.2 rebounds on 55 percent shooting from the field.
The Magic can expect a bench featuring Iman Shumpert, Wade, Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver, and Jeff Green to do some damage as well.
While the Cavaliers are only 16th in pace in the NBA, they are remarkably efficient on offense at 109.9 ppg, good for fifth in the NBA.
Their defense should allow the Magic starting five to stay in it early, as they give up a preposterous defensive rating that ranks 27th in the NBA.
Join Chris Manning, Editor and Chief of FeartheSword.com and host of Locked on Cavs as he breaks down all the relevant storylines in advance of Saturday’s contest.
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