To think about revenge in November makes as much sense as checking your Christmas list in early May. For anybody whose name is on the list will have plenty of days left to show Santa if he's been naughty or nice.
So LeBron James and the Cavaliers
could dismiss the talk of revenge, giving it not a minute's thought last night in Orlando
. Payback - or revenge - needed to wait until the games meant something more than a first-weeks-of-the-season win did. To exact revenge, the Cavaliers must beat the Magic in May or June, not in November
At this point, they were more than willing to settle for this 102-93 win
-- a win in
In that win, the Cavs showed what they weren't able to show when Orlando eliminated them in the Eastern Conference Finals. They proved they could handle Magic star Dwight Howard in the paint.
And that's one thing the Cavs have to do: now and in their future. They went into the off-season with that as their goal, because LeBron
could never hope to bring a championship to Cleveland if he and his teammates couldn't figure out a way to match up better against Howard.