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How the Wiz can win

We'll get into this more this afternoon when myself and Michael Lee do an online chat from Cleveland but I wanted to throw this out there: how do the Wiz win this game tonight and even the series? I poured over the tape from Game 1 and have chatted with Coach Eddie Jordan and several players the last two days and here are some general idea I have:

-Get something from the center spot. Etan Thomas's first shot in Game 1 was a fadeaway jump hook that almost missed everything and that was about it from that point on. He finished with two points and five rebounds with three turnovers in 21 minutes. Look for more energy from Etan but also look for more Brendan Haywood, despite Eddie's obvious preference to leave BTH on the end of the bench. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is simply too long and this team can't allow him to control the action like he did in the fourth quarter on Sunday.

-DeShawn has to knock some some shots. Stevenson can't go three of 12 and finish with nine points. Can't happen. He had a couple of threes go in and out on him but the key for him will be getting some easy buckets in transition and attacking that rim.

-Antawn has to make threes. Jamison scored 28 with 14 boards in Game 1 but was 1 of 6 from long range. He'll need between four to six threes tonight to give the Wiz a chance, especially if LeBron breaks out for one of his monster games (which we all know is coming).

-Darius stay out of foul trouble. Songaila gives the Wiz one matchup advantage but he wasn't able to make an impact because he picked up three quick fouls and eventually fouled out all together. They need between 13-18 points and 7 or 8 rebounds off the bench from Darius or they're cooked.

Your ideas?

By Ivan Carter  |  April 25, 2007; 8:44 AM ET
 
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