Magic Handle Business as Cavs Cant Hang – Turk Shines
The Cleveland Cavaliers strolled into Orlando on Friday night to play a basketball game. They left the “game” part behind though as Orlando cruised to an easy 93 to 80 victory. The Magic improved to 31-18 on the season with the win, still comfortably positioned as the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. .
The Magic had a strong balanced scoring attack on the evening and were paced by Ryan Anderson’s 17 points. Dwight finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu had 15 points and 7 assists.
During the 1st quarter, Hedo Turkoglu had a bad turnover and then in turn didn’t get back on defense before Tristan Thompson put a layup in beside a matador defensive effort from Turkoglu. Turk’s teammates laid into him big time for his poor effort, “screaming and yelling” were the words Turk used, and then he responded with some of the best energy and flow he has had all season.
Stan Van Gundy, “Guys jumped him all over the place and he was (mad) that guys said something but then he came back and defended hard. I thought he played well.”
15,7 and 6 is vintage Hedo. Maybe screaming and yelling should be the new norm going forward.
It was the 21st time this season that the Magic had 5+ players score in double figures and they improved to 18-3 in those games. Balanced scoring naturally comes from ball movement.
Ryan Anderson on getting everyone involved, “We move the ball and this is when we can play our best… We had a ton of energy and we played strong and played together.”
And the winner of best quote of the night goes to Jonathan Clay Redick:
Redick, “Just another example of a real, socialist approach of sharing the basketball and scoring. Just to be clear, democracy and capitalism is good for America. Socialism is good for the Orlando Magic.”
Stan Van Gundy, famous for never being pleased with his team’s play, offered a bit of praise for the team having “More energy” and “playing much better” before harping on the high turnover numbers (20) and lack of 4 quarter defense. The most important thing after getting the win tonight for Stan was not to talk about basketball, but rather to exit the arena as soon as possible to meet up with his good friends Bobby Cox and Fredi Gonzalez to talk baseball.
Such is life when the LeBron-less Cavs come to town…