So here we go. The Cavs get to face a team that just dismantled the Celtics in a Game 7 in Boston.
The Cavs went 1-2 against Orlando this season, losing both games in Florida and winning their home contest. The last time they faced each other, this same Orlando team beat the Cavaliers 116-87.
While I’m still confident that the Cavaliers will win this series (I mean, seriously, who’s gonna guard Mr. James?) I’m a little wary of this Magic squad. Do I trust them for a full seven games? No. But their 3 point shooters could get hot and allow the Magic to steal a game in Cleveland (conversely, if those shooters go cold, the Cavs should waltz).
While part of me is sad that we don’t get a rematch of last year’s conference semi-final, I am glad that the Cavs are going to have to face some adversity. If Boston had made it out of the 2nd round, the Cavs would’ve just steamrolled them. They were just too old, banged up and tired.
This Orlando team will pose some definite challenges for the Cavaliers and it’s going to be interesting to see how they deal with it. They haven’t had a nail biter all postseason, so they may be a bit rusty come crunch time.
But no matter, I fully expect the Cavs to win this series, maybe not handily, but convincingly nonetheless.