What They’re Saying: Magic vs. Cavaliers 4/11

Magic (56-23) vs. Cavaliers (61-19)
Time/TV: 1 p.m./ABC
Key Matchup: Jameer Nelson (12.3 PPG, 5.4 APG; 16.7 PPG, 5.0 APG vs. Cavaliers) vs. Mo Williams (15.8 PPG, 5.3 APG; 22.2 PPG, 6.8 APG last five games)
Season Series Lost 102-93 in Orlando on Nov. 11; Lost 115-106 in Cleveland on Feb. 11; Won 101-95 in Orlando on Feb. 21; Today in Cleveland.

-UPDATE Brian Windhorst of Cleveland.com reports LeBron James will sit out today. But Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison will start.

-Marcin Gortat intends to honor the late Polish president and those who died in yesterday’s plane crash by writing the flight’s number on his shoes and inscribing tape around his wrists with the president’s name. Gortat also spoke with OrlandoMagic.com about the tragedy.

-Hard to tell what to expect from today’s game with Cleveland electing to rest many of its star players with the top seed wrapped up. But JJ Redick tells Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel he still expects an intense game.

-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports on the off the court talents of the Magic, including Vince the Bowler and Mickael the DJ.

-Marcin Gortat will play tomorrow, but he was affected by the tragedy involving Poland’s president in Russia on Saturday.

-Even with LeBron James out, Brian Windhorst of Cleveland.com writes to watch the power forward and point guard matchups for some hints at postseason preparation.

-Bill Livingston of Cleveland.com investigates the “good old days” of free throw shooting, something Cleveland is not so good at in today’s free throw-shooting world.

-Brian Windhorst of Cleveland.com reports sources close to LeBron James say he is leaning toward resigning with the Cavaliers this summer. Of course, whispers and rumors have been swirling around his impending free agency all year.

-Sebastian Telfair has been an afterthought throughout the season, but he made Mike Brown think a little bit with 21 points in Friday’s loss to Indiana, writes George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal.

-Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk writes Orlando should have some motivation to beat Cleveland, trailing 2-1 in the season series. But he, and no one else, knows what to expect from the Cavaliers with many of their stars’ statuses up in the air.

-It looks pretty inevitable that Orlando will face Charlotte in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

-Matt Moore of Pro Basketball Talk writes today’s game could show Cleveland is over its stretch four problem. Or it could become a garbage time fest, which still might not be a bad thing for NBA fans.

-Antawn Jamison assures Brian Windhorst of Cleveland.com, and all Cavs fans, that the video of him spraining his ankle Wednesday against the Bulls looks much worse than it feels. Jamison said the pain in his right foot is going away.

-John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog writes the Cavaliers reserves fought valiantly, but came up short against the Pacers on Friday.

-Stan Van Gundy is always looking for something for his team to improve upon. So don’t let his comments fool you, Orlando is more than on the right track after easily defeating New York on Friday.

-Danny Granger scored 36 points including nine of the Pacers’ final 11 points as they defeated the Cavaliers, without LeBron James, Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams.

-Mike Brown certainly had the image of Chris Bosh bloodied in his head when he decided to sit his stars for Friday’s game. He explains his reasoning to the Associated Press.

-Cleveland certainly will be well rested, if not on a winning streak heading into the playoffs. With Shaquille O’Neal and Daniel Gibson already sitting out with injuries, Mike Brown elected to sit LeBron James, Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams for Friday’s loss at home to Indiana.

-Stan Van Gundy says, and Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes, there is not much to take from Orlando’s win over New York on Friday.

-Tracy McGrady tells Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel he would be willing to accept a reserve role in free agency this summer to have his shot at a championship. And he reiterated Orlando is a place he would love to be.

-At least the Knicks recognize they were giving up a chance at winning to go after a home run in free agency. And the Magic continue to fight the Lakers for home court in the Finals.

-Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News puts any thoughts of Tracy McGrady coming to Orlando to a rest. McGrady said he does not envision himself a sixth man and believes he can still start in the league. But the most important thing, McGrady said, is playing for a winner. Either way, his days are certainly numbers in New York.

-John Carroll of Scouts Inc. breaks down some key issues should Orlando and Cleveland meet in the playoffs.

-John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog was impressed by Sebastian Telfair’s effort in Thursday’s loss to Chicago, a game where Korlik said Cleveland played about as well offensively as the team could without LeBron James.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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