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Magic-Cavaliers Game One: Orlando Adjusts, Stretches Cleveland Thin

Published by on May 21, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

In the playoffs, individual games and entire series are won and lost based on a team’s ability to make adjustments on the fly.

In Game One of Orlando’s thrilling, 107-106 come-from-behind victory over Cleveland, the Magic made all the necessary tweaks and course-corrections to find the formula to unseat the Cavs in their home building.

To start the game, the Magic employed a match-up zone, flooding the strong side to combat LeBron James’ isolations and wing/screen rolls.

But Anderson Varejao would simply cut along the baseline, behind the zone finding himself right at the hoop.

The first two possessions of the game resulted in a layup and a foul (both free throws were made), ...

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