TONIGHT: Cavaliers at Magic, 7
WHERE: Amway Center
BROADCAST: TV — None. (NBA TV is scheduled to pick up Fox Sports Ohio’s broadcast, but a Magic official said NBA TV’s telecast will be blacked out in Central Florida.) RADIO — 580 AM (WDBO). SPANISH BROADCAST — elorlandomagic.com.
WHAT TO WATCH: This matchup is the Magic’s home preseason opener and the team’s second preseason exhibition in three nights. Here are some of the key storylines to watch:
1. Oladipo’s encore: Magic rookie Victor Oladipo played well in Orlando’s preseason opener Wednesday night, scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds, distributing nine assists, making four steals and committing just two turnovers. It was a promising debut from the Magic's perspective. Still, it would be premature and unfair to place too much stock in the results of one preseason exhibition, good or bad. Growing pains are inevitable for any player learning a new position. Tonight’s matchup will offer a difficult test defensively if he matches up against the Cavaliers’ All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving.
2. The No. 1 pick: The Cavaliers used the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to select power forward Anthony Bennett out of UNLV. In his preseason debut on Tuesday, Bennett scored seven points on 2-of-12 shooting, gathered 10 rebounds, turned the ball over four times and committed five fouls.
3. The Magic’s fouls: Orlando’s young big men encountered some foul trouble in the preseason opener, with Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O’Quinn and Nik Vucevic combining for 13 fouls. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn wants to see his young players be physical but be physical in productive ways. He’d like to see them cut down on ill-advised fouls.
4. Orlando’s starters: The Magic’s starters got off to a slow start against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. How will they fare tonight?
5. Tone: Magic players set a good tone the other night. Arron Afflalo dove to the floor for a loose ball, and several Orlando players sought to take charges. Vaughn would be pleased if his players play tonight with the same attitude.
THE BUZZ: Former UCF star Jermaine Taylor is on Cleveland’s roster. . . . Center Andrew Bynum, who was signed to a free-agent deal over the summer by Cleveland, will not play tonight as he recovers from knee problems. He didn’t make the trip to Central Florida.
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