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Orlando Magic Host Cleveland Cavaliers: Game 23 Preview

Orlando Magic take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irvings first visit to Amway Arena.

Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be in Amway Arena to take on the Orlando Magic.
Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be in Amway Arena to take on the Orlando Magic.

The Orlando Magic look to put further distance between themselves and their recent losing streak after notching a win against the Washington Wizards by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at Amway Arena. The Magic, who are looking for their seventh straight win against the Cavaliers, hope to continue to get back on the right track after a brutal four gaming losing streak.

Against the lowly Wizards the Magic won 109-103 to break out of an ugly offensive funk where they were shooting 39.4% from the field and averaging 76.0 points per game. After the game Ryan Anderson, who scored 23 points in the game, admitted the Magic needed the win.

"This started our confidence, " Anderson added, "but we need to follow through with it."

The Cavs meanwhile are coming off a rough loss to the Boston Celtics, where they were able to cut a 22 point lead down to 2 with a little over a minute remaining before the Celtics responded by scoring the next 4 points.

It will be the first time the Cavs starting point guard and number 1 draft pick Kyrie Irving comes to Amway Center, and he'll likely see some time playing against Ish Smith, the back-up point guard the Magic signed on Wednesday after waiving Larry Hughes.

Unfortunately Irving won't see any action against Magic PG Jameer Nelson, as he's still out with concussion-like symptoms. The Magic will also be missing forward Glen Davis, who is out with a two-game suspension following an outburst at their morning shoot around. Cleveland on the other hand is without Daniel Gibson and Anthony Parker, while rookie Tristan Thompson is listed as day to day after injuring his left ankle.

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