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Game Six Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic

Dan SmithCorrespondent IMay 30, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 28: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic drives to the hoop against Zydrunas Ilgauskas #11 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 28, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Do you think that a moral victory is when you beat the other team by 20 points but still show them respect?

Do you think that talk of what could have been is for election counting in Florida?

Do you think that the scoreboard is what makes sports the best past time in this country?

Does it annoy you when someone says that their team missed this many free—throws but they were still in it?  Or that their team could have if only this would have happened?

To wit...

The Cavs would have won Game One if only they had traded for Shaq at the trading deadline.  My response to that:

"Sure, they would also have won, if only they had scored more points."

Herman Edwards has the ultimate quote:

"You play to win the game."

If you give up 17 three—pointers and only lose by two in overtime: Is that supposed to be a silver lining?  If only the Cavs would have given up 16 three—pointers then:"Yada Yada Yada."

If you come back from 22 down only to lose by 10: Is that supposed to be some kind of badge of honor?  If only the Magic could get off to better starts then more: "Yada Yada Yada."

It makes me sick to watch the Cavs play defense against the Magic. The Magic move the ball, the Cavs run around like lost puppies to get a hand in the face of outside shooters and half the time the ball goes in the basket.

The Cavs move the ball in the first half, get leads then put the ball in LeBron's hands in the second half, wear him out and they let these games get close.

They even lose a few of them. Three to be precise.

For anyone that says if Delonte West could have gotten the ball at the end of Game Four then the Cavs could have won let me tell you this:

"If my aunt had a package then she would be my uncle."

In some cases that is actually true but it is not a moral victory, it is a testament to modern science.

As Game Six looms in Orlando, are you like me? Have you been thoroughly entertained by the Eastern Conference Finals and hope it goes seven games for the entertainment value?

Or are you like me in the sense that you are a die hard fan who wants so badly for his team to win?

Don't waste time with talk of missed free—throws, bad calls by the refs or any other nonsense that doesn't make it to the scoreboard.

The Cavs are on a road trip and they have 48 minutes to save their season. The Magic have 48 minutes to move onto the NBA Finals. Both teams have earned where they are at in this series.

If it ends in Game Six then you have to tip your hat to Orlando for making clutch shots at clutch times.

If the Cavs can get a road win in this series then you have to be excited for Game Seven.

They say that when a series is tied at two games the winner of Game Five wins a large percentage of the time.  I'll tell you this:

"In a series tied three-to-three, the winner of Game Seven wins the series 100 percent of the time."

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I will also say this:

"Orlando better have their bags packed because they are going to be making one more road trip to Cleveland."

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