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Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers: Game 5 Preview

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In the event you’ve ever doubted the significance of home-court benefit within the NBA, you needn’t look any additional than this first-round playoff collection to vary your thoughts.

Not solely has the house crew gained each contest by means of 4 video games, however each victory has been by double digits.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers took Video games 1 and a pair of by a mean of 12 factors per outing, the Orlando Magic responded at Kia Middle claiming Video games 3 and 4 with a mean margin of victory of 30.5 factors per contest. Within the course of, Orlando turned the primary crew in NBA historical past to path a collection 0-2 after which win Video games 3 and 4 by a mixed 60-plus factors.

Now, the Magic will try and put an finish to that pattern after they head as much as Cleveland for a Sport 5 showdown with the Cavaliers on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

“We’re coming off two wins, so clearly, we really feel good,” stated Magic All-Star ahead Paolo Banchero. “However we do know we haven’t gained (in Cleveland) within the first two video games. So, we’re going to have to essentially come collectively as a gaggle and do what we will to win the following one.”

Orlando is nicely conscious of what it is going to take to tug off that kind of feat. In its first two contests in Cleveland, sluggish begins and turnovers plagued the Magic and allowed the Cavaliers to persistently play with the lead. Orlando gave up 30-plus factors within the first quarters of Video games 1 and a pair of – a mark it didn’t permit in another body – and was outscored by a mean of 9.5 factors within the opening interval.

“That’s what it was; it was their skill to get out on the break, whether or not that was turnovers or simply us lacking some pictures,” stated Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley. “They have been in a position to get early, simple baskets (and) watch the ball go within the gap. That received their crowd into it. That received them into it. They’ve been trying to get off to sooner begins. So, our skill to lock in from the start of the sport with out our house crowd with the ability to generate that vitality (is one thing) we now have to be targeted on.”

Whereas Orlando will look to perform that objective by committee – because it’s completed all season lengthy – it might definitely be advantageous if its franchise cornerstones might proceed to carry out on the degree they did in Video games 3 and 4.

After Paolo Banchero placed on a masterclass in Sport 3 with a 31-point, 14-rebound, five-assist and zero-turnover displaying, Franz Wagner adopted that up with a 34-point, 13-board, four-dime, and zero-turnover show in Sport 4.

“That’s what we do,” Banchero defined. “That’s why our teammates look to us to steer the blokes as a result of we’re purported to step up within the greatest video games and within the greatest moments. So, I don’t assume both of us felt prefer it was an out-of-body expertise or something. That’s simply what we’re right here to do.”

The final time the Magic had totally different gamers with consecutive 30-point playoff video games was on Might 19 and 21 in 1996 towards the Chicago Bulls when Penny Hardaway (38) and Shaquille O’Neal (36) hit that mark in back-to-back contests.

KEY STATS: During the last decade, solely three gamers have recorded a playoff recreation with 30-plus factors, 10-plus rebounds, zero turnovers, and a constructive 25 plus-minus ranking. Per StatMuse, two of them occur to be Banchero and Wagner, who achieved the feat over only a three-day span.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We’re not glad in any respect. We simply received two wins. We’d like two extra towards them, so we’ve received to remain locked in and , hopefully get the following recreation in Cleveland.” – Franz Wagner after Orlando evened the best-of-seven collection in Sport 4

IN AND OUT: Orlando continues to have a clear invoice of well being coming into Sport 5.

For Cleveland, Jarrett Allen (proper rib; contusion), Ty Jerome (proper ankle; surgical procedure), Craig Porter Jr. (left ankle; sprain), and Dean Wade (proper knee; sprain) are out.

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