NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (10-21) at Cleveland Cavaliers (10-21), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to halt a six-game
slide Thursday night when they welcome the Orlando Magic to Quicken Loans
Cleveland hasn't won since a home overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on
Dec. 20. In the meantime, the Cavs have indefinitely suspended starting center
Andrew Bynum and dropped three in a row at the Q, where they are 8-7 on the
On Tuesday, the Cavaliers extended their losing streak, but on the road,
falling to the Central Division leaders, the Indiana Pacers, 91-76.
Anderson Varejao had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Dion Waiters scored 12 and
Kyrie Irving added 10 points and five assists for the Cavaliers.
Irving was helped off the court late in the third quarter after suffering what
appeared to be a left knee injury, but returned at the start of the fourth
"I thought the worst happened. I continued to play but I felt something pop in
my knee and I was falling down around all over the place," Irving said. "It
was a painful experience. When I went back out it still didn't feel right."
Irving underwent an MRI which revealed a bone bruise. The All-Star guard won't
miss any significant time, although he is listed as questionable for Thursday
The Magic saw a two-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday with a home
loss to the Golden State Warriors. Mark Jackson's squad invaded the Magic
Kingdom and left with a 94-81 victory.
Golden State built a 23-point lead at halftime, but the Magic did take the
final 24 minutes by 10 points.
"There's a lot of learning to do, so much learning to do. I feel like we make
steps and then we take steps backwards, that's everybody though, in every
direction." said Orlando forward Glen Davis.
Arron Afflalo netted 15 and Jameer Nelson had 11 points and six assists for
Orlando, which has lost four of its last six. Davis added 10 points in the
The Magic only committed nine turnovers in the loss, but shot 38 percent from
the field, 26 percent from long range and 61.5 percent from the free-throw
The Magic host the Miami Heat on Saturday, then embark on a five-game western
Cleveland topped the Magic by nine in Orlando on Dec. 13 and has won four
straight in this series. The Magic are 7-4 in their last 11 as the visitor
against the Cavs.
01/02 10:18:00 ET