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The Wash Times leads with LeBron's ankle injury. Here's a question: If LeBron missed the series, which team would be favored? I've asked this to a lot of people, and have gotten no consensus. I say the Wiz.

Ivan Carter and Z both wonder why Brendan Haywood didn't play more.

This is my favorite link of the day, because there's lots of weird stuff in here, including what Gil said to LeBron before the game. But there's also a lot of actually important Haywood coverage, to wit:

If there's an opponent other than Shaq whom Ilgauskas likes to battle least, it would be Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood. Haywood has gotten under Ilgauskas' skin for years....

But by Wizards coach Eddie Jordan's design, Haywood made only a brief five-minute cameo in the Cavs' 97-82 Game 1 win Sunday. He did not leave the Washington bench in the fourth quarter, when Ilgauskas did his damage.

LeBron replies to his owner before the game, saying "We can't go around contemplating what other people say."

Wise is already on the edge, and writing about overflowing urinals. He says the Wiz "need to take at least one game for their own mental well-being. Even without Butler and Arenas, it would be crushing to be swept from the postseason in two of the last three years."

Tom Knott says Eddie Jordan "is reduced to trying to make chicken salad out of chicken fertilizer," and that being competitive doesn't really matter, and that the lottery teams will confirm this.

The definition of a bad team in the NBA is one that cannot finish games. That does not mean the bad teams of the NBA are not competitive in the first 36-42 minutes of a game.

They usually are. They just the lack transcendent player who can carry a team in the waning minutes of a taut affair.

Terry Pluto worries about future injuries, and says the Cavs need to go for the sweep.

Larry Hughes silences the critics, at least for now, and knows all the Wizards sets.

Caron Butler still says he wants to play in game 3. Gilbert says the Wiz need to "get it to Game 7 and we'll see."

Yet another blogger attempts to pyschoanalyze Gil. DC Optimist says it was "closer than it looked." Bullets Forever saw nothing to be encouraged about.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 23, 2007; 10:31 AM ET
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From Wise...

Daniels: "What are you talking about?! He catches it at the top of the key. Then you pick-and-roll."

Thomas, sheepishly: "Oh."

5.8 million dollars for someone that doesn't know a pick and roll. The front court needs to be blown apart this summer, problem is, I don't know how that could happen contract wise.

Posted by: Kev | April 23, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

That damn Etan Thomas putting his foot where Lebron wanted to land. Refs should have to take questions from the press, especially NBA refs.

Whether it effected the outcome or not, and it was a 2 point game, it was an inexcusable call.

Posted by: Prophet | April 23, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

i honestly thought the daniels quote was a joke at first.....ugh

Posted by: kwamebrownsucks | April 23, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

waning minutes of a taut affair?


Thank goodness you read Tom Knott -- so I don't have to! ;)

Posted by: Nancy | April 23, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

P.S. I think the most interesting news angle is Larry Hughes' concession that he was calling out Wizards defensive plays by name to try to confuse the Wizards. I finding this weirdly amusing, but also just generally weird.

Posted by: Nancy | April 23, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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