Today's Papers, and Blogs, and Gil's Surprise
Most importantly, while we all played by the rules and waited to break the news of Gilbert's big announcement, the Wash Times went ahead and ruined the surprise: Gilbert is on the cover of NBA Live.
Second in importance: Cavaliers Idol. Not that LeBron video; actual singing. More on this later.
Mister 50 says he plans to keep shooting, and that the Cavs players have been letting him hear about his struggles. "Talking Crazy," is the exact term he used. The Examiner also looks at these shooting struggles; DeShawn is at 32 percent since Gil and Caron went down. Fredberg also does this issue, quoting Jarvis Hayes saying that he and Stevenson have to be more aggressive. Not convinced that's the solution; really, they just have to stop missing. But as for other scoring options, Stevenson says "It's me and Jarvis, point-blank." And Akron points out how clearly the Cavs are winning the battle of the supporting cast. And NBA Guru says this:
"Seeing DeShawn Stevenson consistently brick 20 foot jump shots of the dribble is one of the most frustrating sights in the NBA."
I asked Brendan if he's suddenly selling a bunch of jerseys in Cleveland now that he's so popular (joking of course). His answer was classic. "I'm not selling any jerseys in Washington so I'm sure I won't be selling any in Cleveland."
Also, note that the Wizards are now off the front of the sports page. Sad.
The Cavs were unhappy with how they played in the final moments. John Mitchell of the Washington Times writes how the Cavs are hoping to wear Antawn Jamison down by forcing him to play constant defense. The last line of his story, though, is the most striking:
Note -- Good seats are still available for tomorrow's Game 3 and Monday's Game 4.
Tom Knott doesn't like this Cavs team, and says the WIz would have won in 5 or 6 games if healthy. Mostly, he's writing about next year. Also, he uses this sentence, which is rarely a good thing for the home team: "Dead, dead, dead."
Bullets Forever compiles YouTubes of many of the Impossible is Nothing spots, to try to inspire. Post Grotto thinks back on "several crushing viewer experiences and potentialities in the local sports world that make watching a Wizards' loss appear comparatively fantastic." DC Sports Blog wants the Wiz to hire Rick Carlisle. And God Hates Cleveland Sports says this is the city's best sports week in a decade.
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