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6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -8
Without Anderson Varejao (torn Achilles), the Cavaliers quickly double-teamed Vucevic most of the evening. Vucevic frequently made smart, effective passes in these situations, but he didn’t impact the game with his physicality. It’s almost inexcusable for someone with his skill-set to finish with zero free-throw attempts. Vucevic struggled to defend Kevin Love on the perimeter during the first quarter, and put forth a pedestrian performance overall.
7-16 FG | 2-6 3P | 1 BLK | 4 REB | 16 PTS | -5
The Magic needed everyone to step up if they were going to defeat the Cavs. Tasked with guarding LeBron James, Harris spent most of his energy on the defensive end. In that regard, he helped Orlando keep things close until the last quarter. However, Harris did little to pressure Cleveland offensively, mostly settling for jump shots and rarely attacking the rim.
5-10 FG | 2-3 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 15 PTS | -5
Fournier got a lot of minutes despite coming off the bench, and was somewhat efficient on the offensive side of the ball. A caveat to this is that he offers little resistance defensively. Ergo, Fournier could do little to prevent the Cavaliers’ Mike Miller and Dion Waiters from having productive games. Orlando really needs Fournier to develop into a better perimeter defender.
5-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 13 PTS | -13
Oladipo can only learn and move forward after a disappointing outing against a marquee opponent. He fouled out, committed five turnovers, and overcompensated at both ends of the floor — simply trying to do too much. Despite finishing with a team-high 8 assists, it looked as though Oladipo spent most of the night frustrated and out-of-sync.
The Cavs clamped down defensively when it mattered most, outscoring the Magic 27-14 in the final frame. Orlando faltered in the fourth quarter despite Cleveland’s decision to bench Kevin Love, which became a major storyline afterwards, and simply failed to execute enough to win. The consistently inconsistent play from Orlando these previous few weeks is both concerning and alarming.