Mike Bianchi: Down 2-0 to Cavs, now we get to see how resilient Magic really are

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

What are you going to do about it, Orlando?

How are you going to respond, Magic?

That’s what your fans want to know today after Monday night’s 96-86 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Cavaliers did what they had to during the first two playoff games. They held serve on their home court and took a 2-0 lead in the series.

Now it’s your turn, Magic.

Now you get to show us what type of team you really and truly are.


Let’s go, Orlando.

You have to be better than you showed during these first two games.

Many Orlando fans watching Game 2 on Spectrum cable didn’t see the first several minutes of the contest, which is just as well. By the time the Spectrum/Bally Sports Florida technical difficulties were fixed, the Magic had missed 10 of their first 11 3-point shots and point guard Jalen Suggs had to be helped off the floor with a left knee injury. The Magic trailed 30-18 after the first quarter and 58-44 at the half.

Even though Suggs eventually returned, the Magic never really got much closer as their shooting woes from Game 1 continued. The Magic hit 8-of-37 treys (21.6 percent) in Game 1 and made only 9-of-35 (25.7 percent) in Game 2.


swipe to next page

©2024 Orlando Sentinel. Visit at Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


blog comments powered by Disqus