2007-2008 Preseason Game #5: Cavs vs. Magic

Opponent: Orlando Magic
Date:
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Time: 12:30 am ET
Arena: Venetian Arena (Macao, China)
Broadcast: ESPN2
Starters: Gibson, Z, James, Gooden, and Hughes
Final: 100-84 (L)

Last night I stayed up to watch my first preseason game, although I fell asleep somewhere in the third quarter.  It was a long day!  Anyways, here’s my take:

  • The first unit looked solid.  They were moving without the ball, slashing, running back doors, and making shots.
  • Boobie seems to be picking up where he left off last season – playing with an incredible amount of confidence and a killer jump shot.
  • James is working in the post more and moving without the ball.  This is a huge improvement from last season, where he would get the ball at the top of the key and be forced to run the offense, then make the play.
  • Hughes is showing sparks of progress in his scoring abilities, though there is still some inconsistency in his shot-selection and decision-making.
  • Overall, our offensive sets seem to be improving – more movement and more penetration.  However, everything goes haywire when the second stringers come in, and this really worries me.  We have to have guys who are able to step in and at least maintain the fort when the starters are out.
  • Shannon Brown is relentless –  he’s not afraid to drive the lane, get to the basket, and get fouled.  What we need from him is an outside shot.  This will help spread the defense when he is in the game.  With James, Z, and Gooden down low, there has to be some type of outside presense to keep the defense committed.
  • With Marshall playing timid as usual, it is important that we keep Dwayne Jones on hand, so that we have another big to pull from the bench.
  • Lastly, we need AV and Pavs, and I cannot stress this enough.  Looking at the game last night made that painfully clear.  Our bench is thin without them, and with the improvements made by teams in the East, we at least need our main guys, especially if we want to have any viable shot at defending our Eastern Conference Title.
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2 Comments

  1. the cavs wont’ mk it to the finals again next yr, thats a fact

  2. That’s your opinion…

    Yes, our bench is short-handed, at least it will be at the onset of the season…but I think we can manage, especially if Boobie and Lebron get into a rhythm like I’m expecting them too. Yes, a few teams in the East have obtained some talented players, but their talent has yet to be proven successful together…that’s to be seen as the regular season progresses.

    My opinion…This will be another great season for the Cavs, with a predicted record of 52-30.


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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

    October
    31: vs Dallas*, 74-92 (L)

    November
    02: vs Knicks*, 110-106 (W)
    04: vs Phoenix, 92-103 (L)
    06: vs Warriors, 108-104 (W)
    07: vs Utah, 101-103 (L)
    09: vs Sacramento, 93-91 (W)
    11: vs LA Clippers, 103-95 (W)
    12: vs Denver, 100-122 (L)
    14: vs Orlando*, 116-117 (L)
    16: vs Utah*, 99-94 (W)
    20: vs Bucks*, 107-111 (L)
    21: vs Minnesota, 97-86 (W)
    24: vs Toronto*, 111-108 (W)
    25: vs Indiana, 111-106 (W)
    27: vs Boston*, 109-104 (W)
    28: vs Detroit, 74-109 (L)
    30: vs Toronto, 82-91 (L)

    December
    02: vs Boston, 70-80 (L)
    04: vs Nets*, 79-100 (L)
    05: vs Washington, 86-105 (L)
    08: vs Charlotte, 93-96 (L)
    11: vs Indiana*, 118-105 (W)
    14: vs Nets, 97-105 (L)
    15: vs Philadelphia*, 86-92 (L)
    17: vs Milwaukee*, 104-99 (L)
    19: vs New York, 90-108 (L)
    20: vs LA Lakers*, 94-90 (W)
    23: vs Warriors*, 96-105 (L)
    25: vs Miami*, 96-82 (W)
    27: vs Dallas, 88-81 (W)
    29: vs New Orleans, 76-86 (L)

    January
    02: vs Atlanta*, 98-94 (W)
    04: vs Kings*, 97-93 (W)
    06: vs Toronto, 93-90 (W)
    08: vs Seattle*, 95-79 (W)
    09: vs Atlanta, 81-90 (L)
    11: vs Charlotte*, 113-106 (W)
    15: vs Memphis, 132-124 (W)
    17: vs San Antonio, 90-88 (W)
    21: vs Miami, 97-90 (W)
    23: vs Wizards*, 121-85 (W)
    25: vs Phoenix*, 108-110 (L)
    27: vs La Lakers, 98-95 (W)
    30: vs Portland, 84-83 (W)
    31: vs Seattle, 95-101 (L)

    February
    02: vs LA Clippers*, 98-84 (W)
    05: vs Boston*, 114-113 (W)
    07: vs Houston, 77-92 (L)
    08: vs Atlanta, 100-95 (W)
    10: vs Denver*, 83-113 (L)
    11: vs Orlando, 118-111 (W)
    13: vs Spurs*, 105-112 (L)
    19: vs Houston*, 85-93 (L)
    20: vs Indiana, 106-97 (W)
    22: vs Wizards*, 90-89 (W)
    24: vs Memphis*, 109-89 (W)
    26: vs Milwaukee, 102-105 (L)
    27: vs Boston, 87-92 (L)
    29: vs Minnesota*, 92-84 (W)

    March
    02: vs Chicago*, 95-86 (W)
    05: vs New York, 119-105 (W)
    06: vs Chicago, 96-107 (L)
    08: vs Indiana*, 103-95 (W)
    10: vs Portland*, 88-80 (W)
    12: vs New Jersey, 99-104 (L)
    13: vs Washington, 99-101 (L)
    16: vs Charlotte*, 98-91 (W)
    17: vs Orlando, 90-104 (L)
    19: vs Detroit*, 89-73 (W)
    21: vs Toronto*, 90-83 (W)
    22: vs Milwaukee, 8:30p
    26: vs New Orleans*, 7p
    29: vs Detroit, 7:30p
    30: vs Philadelphia*, 6p

    April
    02: vs Charlotte, 7p
    03: vs Chicago*, 8p
    05: vs Orlando*, 3p
    09: vs New Jersey*, 7p
    11: vs Chicago, 7p
    13: vs Miami*, 1p
    14: vs Philadelphia, 7p
    16: vs Detroit*, 7p
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