Rashard Lewis, Magic find success attacking Cleveland’s big men

First it was Thad Young, then it was Glen Davis. Now, Rashard Lewis is proving to be a major matchup problem for Anderson Varejao. Lewis missed just one field goal in the second half last night, going 7-of-8 for 15 points in the last two quarters. He scored 13 of his points when Varejao was guarding him, including the final five points of the game. Varejao is too slow to guard Lewis out on the perimeter. The Cavs are a great help-defending team, and they’re going to need to shade toward Lewis a little extra when he’s in an isolation situation with Varejao. And Lewis wasn’t the only Magic player having success attacking one of Cleveland’s big men. The team scored 41 points on 19-of-28 shooting while being defended by either Varejao or Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z is in trouble out there, because he can’t stop Dwight Howard in one-on-one situations and he’s often too slow in bringing the weak-side help. It appears Cleveland is content letting Howard score 30 points and limiting the other guys – but that strategy is 0-for-1 so far. Magic shooting with Ilgauskas or Varejao defending Dwight Howard: 8-11, 16 points Rashard Lewis: 6-9, 15 points Hedo Turkoglu: 2-3, 4 points Mickael Pietrus: 1-2, 2 points Rafer Alston: 1-2, 2 points Marcin Gortat: 1-1, 2 points

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