Orlando Magic To Face Up Against The Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday Night

Brandon RibakSenior Writer INovember 9, 2009

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In what will be a flashback of last years Eastern Conference Finals matchup, the Orlando Magic will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time this season.

Cleveland hasn't necessarily gotten off to the start that most analysts and fans expected and as for Orlando, their depth is already being put to the ultimate test.

A clash between arguably two of the biggest superstars today in LeBron James and Dwight Howard make this emerging rivalry a game that every basketball fan should be tuning into, especially since it will be aired on ESPN (so no excuses!).


Starting Lineups

Cleveland Cavaliers                                                 Orlando Magic

PG—Mo Williams                                                    PG—Jameer Nelson

SG—Anthony Parker                                               SG—Vince Carter

SF—LeBron James                                                  SF—Matt Barnes

PF—Anderson Varejao                                             PF—Ryan Anderson

C—Shaq O'Neal                                                      C—Dwight Howard


Bench—Delonte West, J.J. Hickson, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Jamario Moon, Daniel Gibson.

Bench—Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, Brandon Bass, J.J. Reddick, Jason Williams.


Quick facts

Cleveland currently holds a record of 4-3, with their three loses coming from Boston, Toronto, and Chicago.

After losing just two games at home last season, the Cavaliers have already tied their historic record in only seven games this year.

Orlando is 5-2 on the season with two loses from Detroit and Oklahoma City.

After having a 2-0 record against the Thunder last season, the Magic fell short to them already this year.


Quick team previews

Since joining the team, Vince Carter has only competed in three of the seven games thus far this season due to an ankle injury.

Orlando will need VC at full healthy as well as two year forward Ryan Anderson who fell short to an ankle injury during the Magic's last Friday game against Detroit.

With Rashard Lewis suspended for the first 10 games of the season each player on Orlando's roster is expected to step up and produce, especially during this Cleveland game.

Aside from LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers have not been spectacular so far this season.

Shaq will have a heavy load to handle during this matchup as he faces up against Orlando's Dwight Howard.

Cleveland will be forced to defend the perimeter as the Magic are extremely versatile and have big men that can shoot the trey ball.



Orlando will be playing at home, where they beat Cleveland by 29 points during the regular season last year. With the fans on their side and a healthy VC and Ryan Anderson, the Magic should be able to come up victorious at the end of this vicious battle.

Orlando 101, Cleveland 94


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