We were curious if the Cavs were going to be prepared for the young Orlando Magic. After last year’s disappointing defeat to the Knicks, the Cavs needed to come with more fire and spark. In Game 1, they did just that. The Cavs set the tone from the beginning and were in control throughout the entire game. The Cavs took Game 1 by winning, 97-83.

Donovan Mitchell led the Cavs with 30 points. There were concerns about his knee situation. We wanted to see if he was indeed 100% ready to go like he said he would. Well, he didn’t look rusty at all in this game. If you saw that thunderous dunk in the first quarter, then he answers our question. Jarrett Allen had a solid game with 18 rebounds. He’s a machine when he puts up those numbers. He’s well-rested and looks fresh on the court. Evan Mobley added 16 points. He made two out of four three-pointers. However, the coach needs to be careful and not allow him to shoot too many threes. Mobley needs to continue to play smart basketball.

As for Orlando, Paolo Banchero scored 24 points in his playoff debut he committed nine turnovers. Both teams were turning the ball over but Orlando looked sloppy. They missed too many threes and free throws.

What must the Cavs do to protect their home court and win Game 2?

Max Strus needs to have a good game. He can play off the ball and he should give the Cavs some points aside from Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell. Orlando Magic’s defense will throw bodies at Mitchell, so the other guys like Strus, Mobley and Levert need to contribute.

Orlando likes to play at a slow pace. Cleveland likes to play fast. Keep the pressure on Orlando by playing at a fast pace and ball movement. Dominate the glass and avoid turnovers.

Game Two will be tonight. After Game 2, the series will shift to Orlando for Game 3 on Thursday.

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