Five Keys: Cavaliers at Magic

Associated Press

Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Larry Drew has agreed to a new contract to be the team's interim coach for the remainder of this season.

Whoever plays Monday, Drew will be hoping his team does not allow another night where the opponent shoots at least 50 percent.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Coach Drew to continue leading the team on the court", Altman said.

The Cavaliers' preference likely will be to conduct a search and target a coach to direct the franchise's rebuild, but Drew has the trust and respect of the Cavaliers veterans and remains essential to get them through what promises to be a trying season.

Now sporting a 1-9 record, the Cavaliers will look to win their second game when they return home for a Wednesday night contest against Oklahoma City.

The 30-year-old injured the big toe on his left foot during Cleveland's first exhibition game. Fournier added three steals, including that critical one in the final seconds while the Cavaliers were trying to protect a one-point lead. Once again, the Cavs just had to get the ball in and accept a foul to have free throws to make it a three-point game again. Orlando has to overcome solid performances from Cleveland's George Hill (22 points) and Tristan Thompson (19 points, 16 rebounds).

The seventh-year man from France is already off to a strong start this year, posting double-figures in eight games this year - including 31-point performance against Philadelphia back on October 20.

The Cavs don't need Hood to be that dynamic on Monday night, but they will need him to be more effective than he's been over the last two games.

Magic: Home against Washington on Wednesday night.

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