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Getting rest for a team that’s wrapped everything up regular season wise is a good thing. But, Mike Brown according to many people is pushing those limits. Brown sat LeBron James for the third straight game, and Anthony Parker joined him as the Cavaliers withheld from using their full arsenal against a team in the Orlando Magic that they are almost certain to face again. Beyond that, the Cavaliers had perhaps even less concern about actually winning this game than in Chicago or against Indiana. Both Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison sat the entire fourth quarter as the Magic turned it on from three point land and Dwight Howard cleaned up on the inside with no Shaq to defend him. The wine and gold have now lost three games in a row with one more possible tune-up before the real deal begins.
Things started about as well as the Cavs could have hoped. Cleveland, led by Mo and ‘Tawn, made the Magic defense look downright laughable early. Jamario Moon made another start along with Jawad Williams, who filled in for Parker, sitting out his first game all season. Moon did his part to make it business as usual. First, he carried out LeBron’s chalk ceremony, then he mimicked a LeBron steal and breakaway dunk early in the first quarter. Dwight Howard had three early and easy dunks, but he picked up two early fouls and went to the bench prematurely along with his fellow frontcourt mate Rashard Lewis. Stan Van Gundy was fuming over on the sidelines with comments such as, “Mo’s going to try and get 40, Jamison’s going to try and get 40…”, and Orlando looked quite steamed that they were having such trouble with Cavalier Lite.