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Another Day is Done

* Yes, this comes directly out of today's Wiz PR package, but it's a good note, so I'm using it. Last year, the Wiz lost at Cleveland in Game 1 on April 22. The Cavs scored 97 points. This year, the Wiz lost at Cleveland in Game 1 on April 22. The Cavs scored 97 points. (The margin was pretty similar, too; 11 vs. 15.) Last year the Wiz then returned to D.C. for two days of practice before Game 2 on April 25. This year the Wiz then returned to D.C. for two days of practice before Game 2 on April 25. The Wiz, you'll recall, won Game 2 last year. Which can mean only one thing: Washington in five.

* Best quote from Cavs practice today, provided by our friends in Cleveland: After LeBron revealed he had been wearing new shoes in Game 1, someone asked whether he'd be switching back, and he said no. Then he said this:

"If I'd had on adidas, I probably would have broken my ankle."

Where does one find evil puppet strings long enough to stretch from Beaverton to Cleveland?

* LeBron, incidentally, is the seventh-most marketable athlete in the country, according to some survey of corporate types. Magic is tops, Cal Ripken is fifth.

* PostGrotto, having given up on this season, is off salivating over Kevin Garnett.

* Finally, this truly monumentally long blog post from Give and Go (3,474 words!) reminded me of something I forgot to mention before. When the Cavs reach 100 points, fans apparently get chalupas. An usher warned me of this phenomenon as Cleveland crept above 90 on Sunday. It actually caused a ruckus last month:

With the Cavaliers one point shy of 100, a mark that gives Cleveland fans a free giveaway chalupa from Taco Bell, forward Anderson Varejao launched a 3-pointer just before the final horn.

Varejao's shot wasn't close but it irked Pacers coach Rick Carlisle, who stood at his bench and glared at Cleveland's mop-haired forward.

"I wasn't happy either," James said. "We're not that type of team and he (Varejao) knows not to do that again, it's as simple as that. He has to learn from that. You never want to do that. We're up 11 points and you never want to show off. He definitely made a mistake and he learned from it."

Anyhow, the Cavs had the ball with 97 points and plenty of time on Sunday, and the crowd rose and cheered, but, perhaps fearing Rick Carlisle's wrath, Daniel Gibson just dribbled out the clock. So if Wednesday night turns south for Wiz fans, you can always stick with the broadcast to see whether the fans get their chalupas.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 24, 2007; 4:55 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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