Gameday Dish: Showtime at the Q

Heading over to the Q – they’ve done an unbelievable job at that arena. Talk about fans getting their money’s worth; they really do. There’s so much energy in that building and they put on a great show, not to mention the team puts on a great show. Looking forward to The King and Superman staging another spectacular performance there tonight.

The number one and two teams in the East will compete in their second season matchup. After hitting a rough patch in early January, Orlando is getting back to championship form. They’ve won ten of their last dozen games. And Vince Carter has been on a tear, averaging over 24 points in his last five games capped by an incredible 48-point assault against the Hornets on Monday.

But Orlando isn’t facing the same team they knocked out of the NBA Semifinals last season. They got a taste of that back in November when Cleveland decisively took the first game of the series. Even without Mo Williams (who scored 28 points in their first meeting) Leon Powe and Delonte West, the Cavs are playing like champions. Just how good are the Cavaliers this year?

Cavs have the league’s best record and LeBron leads the league in scoring with 29.8 ppg. They’ve won 12 in a row – the longest winning streak for any team in the league this season. In their last 25 games they’ve dropped only 3 in one, two and three-point losses. So in spite of key injuries, the Cavaliers are just five points shy of a twenty-five game winning streak. That’s how good and how deep these Cavaliers are this year.

Alternate realities aside, tonight’s battle will be fierce and the outcome will be telling. The Magic will try to tie up the series while the Cavs fight to maintain dominance and go for win number 13 at the Q.

Marv, Reggie and I have the call on TNT at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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