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One more shot

"I can't wait to go back to Cleveland. You guys never thought you'd hear that did you?"
-Antawn Jamison, joking with reporters after yesterday's practice.

The best chance for a Wizards win in this series probably came and went on Saturday night. Game 3 was the one to get. Now, the deflated Wiz have to find a way to suck it up and salvage some pride by winning tonight. If Cleveland wins, it would be the third straight year the Wiz were closed out at home and that's not a pretty sight.

DeShawn Stevenson has struggled horribly in this series but I respect him for maintaining his sense of humor. When I asked him why he was wearing a sweater and a tie after practice yesterday, he said he was taking his mother to church.
"Anything at the top of that prayer list?
DeShawn: "Getting my jump shot back, shoot. How about that?"

Stevenson knows that he's cost himself some money in this series. Jarvis Hayes hasn't exactly broken the bank either. How to win tonight:

-Another great game from Jamison and if he gets it rolling like he did in the third quarter the other night, don't go away from him. I thought some other guys took some questionable shots when Antawn clearly had it going.

-DeShawn and Jarvis have to make at least half of their shots and a few timely three-pointers.

-The centers have to bring it. Etan grabbed nine boards in Game 3 while Brendan didn't register a stat in 10 first half minutes. I don't know how that's possible but it goes back to what has perplexed Wiz fans about those two all season. Inconsistency.

Tonight, we'll see if this team has what Miami and Orlando lacked: the will to come out and avoid getting swept. I'm also very curious to see what kind of killer instinct the Cavs display. So far, I haven't seen it.

By Ivan Carter  |  April 30, 2007; 12:48 PM ET
 
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