Hello from the Q. It's about five minutes before tipoff and there's some extra energy in the building already. But I can tell you that it is nowhere near the level of excitement before Game 1 last year. Perhaps that is natural, not only is this series have a lower profile, but the fans are preparing for a longer run. Nonetheless, there's a difference.
Here's what to watch for early in the game:
1. Will LeBron attack? I expect the Wizards to use Jarvis Hayes, in his first playoff game, on him. He needs to take advantage and test him early.
2. How do Antonio Daniels and DeShawn Stevenson start? The Cavs have all sorts of trouble with AD and Stevenson is very streaky. I expect Antawn Jamison to play well all series. But the Wizards have no chance without these two guys playing very well.
3. Will Big Z get off to a good start? The Cavs will go to Zydrunas Ilgauskas often early, if he plays well it will set the tone.
4. Who has more energy? The Cavs have come out flat in games like these before. Putting the Wizards down early on the road could set the tone for a blowout. Let them say in it and it could get interesting.
I will be updating after each quarter. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I may use some comments/questions.