Magic Cast a Spell on Cavs
The Orlando Magic gave the Cleveland Cavaliers fits during the regular season.
Nothing has changed in the postseason.
The Magic, who lead the NBA Eastern Conference finals 2-1, have won four of six against the Cavaliers this season and 10 of the last 14 meetings. In the last three games in Orlando, the Magic have outscored Cleveland by an average of 16.7 points.
"Coming down the court, we're already at a disadvantage," Cleveland guard Mo Williams says.
"They create matchup problems for us. It's no secret. We know it. Everybody knows it."
Game 4 is today in Orlando (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
It all starts in the middle with Magic center Dwight Howard, averaging 21.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in the series.
"When you have one of the most dominant big guys in the game and spread the floor with a lot of shooters, it forces you to guard the paint," Orlando guard Rafer Alston says.
"Then you have to run out to (cover) our shooters. Most teams in the NBA, that's not their thing."
Williams says the Cavaliers are giving full effort. "But when you're in a position that you have to double guys ... you're going to give up something."
Cleveland coach Mike Brown remains upbeat despite the 99-89 Game 3 loss Sunday. "It's no different from being down 0-1," he says. "It's going to be a long series. ... I don't think we should be pessimistic. There's a lot of basketball left."
James, who is averaging 41.7 points in the series, hasn't given up on the team.
"I know they can play a lot better. They know they can play a lot better," James says. "I don't want to put pressure on those guys. They've just got to come out and do it. We just got to knock shots down."