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Gameblog: Cavs vs. Wizards

By George Thomas Published: April 2, 2009

Post mortem:  Wizards 109, Cavs 101
Observations:

  • Losing a game like this wasn't necessarily a bad thing, as ridiculous as that may sound.  Why is shows this team that they still need to maintain focus, especially on the defensive end of the floor.   Once again Sherwin Williams is sponsoring this blog post as the Cavaliers gave up 58 point on the interior. 
  • Mike Brown said it best:  no team scoring 101 points and shooting 47 percent from the floor has any business losing a basketball game.  Cleveland just went to sleep on this one, also by allowing 20 fast break points and 15 second chance points.  Here's hoping that it serves as the wake-up call they need.
Quotable:
I told the team ‘you’re going to lose games,’ but it’s got to hurt depending on the way you lost the game. The way we played, that should hurt us. Not necessarily that we lost, but the way we played on the defensive end of the floor.
At the half:  Wizards 48, Cavs 41
Observations:
  • A game of runs thus far as the Wizards and Cavs each take decent sized leads at one point.  The Wizards are moving the ball better and seriously getting the best of the Cavaliers in the paint at this point 30-14.
  • Defensively they're taking them to task as well, shooting 53 percent to 42 percent.  Do we dare mention they're beating them in fastbreak points as well.  Right now, one team looks to be heading for the playoffs and the other looks as if they can't wait for the season to be over.  It's not the one you'd expect.
Game: Cavs: (61-13) vs. Washington Wizards (17-59)
Broadcast:  TV: TNT. Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters: Cavs:  LeBron James (F); Anderson Varejao (F); Zydrunas Ilguaskas (C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G).  Wizards: Caron Butler (F); Antawn Jamison (F); Brendan Haywood (C); Dominic McGuire (G); Gilbert Arenas (G).
Injured and inactive: Cavs: Eric Snow (knee); Ben Wallace (broken leg).  Wizards: DeShawn Stevenson, Etan Thomas, Mike James.
Officials:  Bennett Salvatore, James Capers and Leon Wood.
Streaking:  The Cavs have won 13 in a row.  The Wizards have lost three consecutive.
This year:  The season series is tied at 1-1, the Cavs lost the most recent one in the infamous ''crab dribble'' game.
Things to look for: 
  • Gilbert Arenas expects to play his second game on the season against the Cavaliers.  He reportedly passed on the opportunity to play against the Memphis Grizzlies just to get at the Cavaliers.  Okie dokie then.   His return at bare minimum will provide a lift to a team that hasn’t had a lot to cheer about given the fact that Arenas and center Brendan Haywood have been absent all season.
  • The Cavaliers just need to keep doing what they have since returning from the West Coast, buckling down on defense and taking care of the ball.  In recent games, they’ve resembled the Cavs of earlier this season and with respect to turnovers they’ve been stingy averaging just 8.6 in the past five games.  They hold a 2.5 game lead on the Los Angeles Lakers for the league’s best record and given recent comments, they’d like to nail that down.
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