So on Saturday afternoon I had a brief conversation with Andrew Melnick over at HowardtheDunk and the two of us agreed on a little wager for Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the good guys (the Cavs, of course) and those petty thieves from Orlando. That wager was comprised of this:
“If the Cavs win, [Andrew will] write up a piece on the game that says how great the Cavaliers are. And if the Magic win, I’ll write up a piece on how great the Magic are.”
And it gets worse:
“I’ll even refer to Dwight “The Thief” Howard as Superman!”
I guess that means it’s time to put my money (or writing) where my mouth is so here it goes:
Sunday afternoon’s contest between the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers was not only a game between two NBA teams, it was a chance for two superhero wanna-bes to strut their stuff and show the league who the real Superman is.
In the last meeting between the two teams, Dwight Howard sent Shaquille O’Neal to the bench early with foul trouble but Zydrunas Ilgauskas was able to come in and return the favor to Orlando’s big man. Big Z was shipped to Washington for Antawn Jamison on Wednesday so the Cavaliers no longer had that luxury.
When Shaq got into foul trouble midway through the first quarter, the Cavs were in big trouble. Howard basically man-handled Anderson Varejao and rattled off 13 first half points—however, O’Neal was able to match that in his limited minutes.
King James continued his struggles from beyond the arc shooting just 1 of 6 from deep. He did toss in a game-high 33 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 6 assists while Antawn Jamison rebounded from Friday night’s miserable shooting performance going 9 of 14 for 19 points and 8 rebounds. O’Neal finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds.
For the Magic, Jameer Nelson canned 8 of his 13 attempts for 18 points while Vincanity Vince Carter netted 11. The back court combo combined 16 straight Magic points during a five-minute fourth quarter stretch in which the Cavaliers managed just two free throws.
And Dwight Howard, the real Superman (it pains me to have to write this), went off for 22 points and snagged 16 rebounds on the afternoon. He managed to stay out of foul trouble for most of the second half and handed the Cavaliers a good ol’ fashion booty stompin’. Superman showed off an arsenal of new moves that had both O’Neal and Varejao stumped for much of the game. Howard swatted four Cleveland shots and was a key factor in limiting LeBron to just 1 of 5 shooting in the final period.
Well, that’s all I got for you tonight. The Cavs will have another day break before returning to the Q to take on the Hornets on Tuesday night. I’d say it’s about time to get out of this Ilgauskas-less funk. (Hopefully he’ll be back soon but shhh, we can’t say that!). Let’s get after ‘em on Tuesday boys (and girls).