LeBron Downplays Cavs Showdown With Celtics

Jae Crowder's elbow injury puts status for Cavaliers game in question

The injury will end Thompson's run of playing in 447 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the National Basketball Association and a franchise record that began on February 10, 2012. The Cavaliers have won three in a row entering the game, but they're still trying to right themselves after going 7-10 in March. Thompson didn't travel with the team and his status against the Celtics is uncertain for tonight.

On the other hand, the Magic were in control of the game in the first half, 55-53, but they were outscored 43-20 in the third quarter.

The Magic led by two at halftime, but were simply overwhelmed in the third when the Cavs put it all together. Of course, the Cavs likely don't have much reason to care about the league's wishes - they want to be healthy for the upcoming postseason, and a road game on the second night of a back-to-back in what should be a competitive game could leave their stars more susceptible to injury.

Cavaliers: It was James' 22nd 30-point game. "In the second half, it was good to finally have karma and some luck back on our side". The all-time longest streak is held by A.C. Green, who played in 1,192 consecutive games. Kevin Love is also back in the fold after he underwent a knee operation. The Cavs' stretch forward has spent the majority of the last two weeks looking like a shell of his former self, still recovering from midseason knee surgery. They finished 18 of 36 on 3's.

Another glaring deficiency in Sunday's win was the Cavs' inability to execute inbounds plays in crucial situations. But Meeks misfired on his shot, and James - who else? - collected the rebound to complete his triple-double. And when those highly paid doctors say you're out, there is no arguing.

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"It'll be a fun game", Jefferson said. "I definitely didn't come here to sit, wearing the same sport coat". It will be a good test for us and I think it will get us even more prepared, even more locked in win or lose. "I'd rather throw it in the trash". Love averaged 28 points and 11.5 rebounds in the 2 games he did play against the Celtics at Cleveland. Love leads in rebounds with 10.9 while Tristan Thompson tops in blocks with 1.1 per game. "It's normal, especially when you have key guys out for as long as Kevin and J.R. have been out and with Kyle (Korver) having been out". They also should be exhausted from playing their third game in four days.

Seems like a lot to go through when matching up against a Celtics team that has won six of its last seven games.

In the west, Golden State and San Antonio are playing as expected: under twenty losses, beating top teams and playing championship level defense. The team's ball-handling was so smooth that they managed to pick up an assist on all but one of their 17 field goals during the period. And that still might not be enough to help the Magic solve a puzzling mystery that has dragged on for years against the Cavs.

0 - Iman Shumpert's minutes in the third quarter.

James averages 29.8 points against the Celtics, the most against any team in his career. I'm the last person to ask about a regular-season game, dude. Really, really just saying.

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