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Cavs Still Seek Identity Since Trade

I had a short conversation with Rasheed Wallace a few weeks ago and I asked him what he thought about the trade deadline deal the Cleveland Cavaliers had swung a days before to get Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and Joe Smith. Rasheed Wallace curled his lips and shrugged his shoulders.

"They tried to help out a little bit," Rasheed Wallace said. "To me, it was exactly what it was - a trade. They still pretty much the same team, just got different players."


Cleveland, y'all think that new front line scares me? (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Then, Rasheed Wallace pondered the deal a bit more and shook his head. A front line of Ben Wallace, Smith, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao didn't excite him too much. He thought losing Drew Gooden's scoring and rebounding created some problems for the new-look Cavaliers. "It's going to be hard for them to play Ben, Joe, Varejao and Z," Rasheed Wallace said. "It's going to be hard for Mike Brown to do that."

But as the Detroit Pistons and Cavaliers prepare to play each other tonight for just the second time since they met in the Eastern Conference Finals, it really has been hard for Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown to put those four guys on the floor, but mostly because of injuries not necessarily a lack of offense.

Ilgauskas came back for the past two games after missing the previous seven with a lower back injury. He missed another game since the deal with an upper respiratory infection. The Cavaliers are 4-4 without Ilgauskas in those games. Ben Wallace missed one game with a back injury as well.

The defending conference champion Cavaliers are still waiting for the return of Daniel Gibson, who continues to nurse a sprained ankle, and they have struggled to find an identity since making the blockbuster deal.

In their only meeting against the Cavaliers in November, the Pistons clobbered Cleveland 109-74, because LeBron James missed the second half with a left sprained index finger. With James watching from the bench, the Pistons outscored Cleveland 61-31 in the final two quarters. James will be hoping for some payback tonight with his new supporting cast.


Remember when I came two pennies short of two quarters? (Photo By Hans Deryk, Reuters)

The Pistons are all too familiar with James after he destroyed them for 48 points in Game 5 of the conference finals last season. He's been even better this season. "He's on a mission, man," Pistons guard Richard Hamilton said. But James's most valuable player campaign is losing some steam with the Cavaliers (38-30) losing three of their past four and having a record that wouldn't qualify for the playoffs in the West.

"We don't know if we was in the West, if we'd play different," James said. "We can only control what we control. We're in the East."

That means they are solidly in the fourth spot, since they have no shot at catching the Pistons for the Central Division crown (11 1/2 game lead) or the Orlando Magic (6 1/2 game lead) for third, barring some unforeseen injury.

But they are 8-6 since moving Gooden, Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall and Ira Newble. They have given up more than 100 points in six of those games, losing five of them. One of the reasons the Cavaliers have taken a step back after winning 50 games last season is because they haven't had the same focus on the defensive end of the floor.

Last season, the Cavaliers ranked fifth in points allowed (92.5) and eighth in opponent's field goal percentage (44.8). This season, they are 17th in opponent's field goal percentage (45.7) and 10th in points allowed (97.7), which isn't so good when they are 17th in scoring average (97.4). They are 9-20 this season when giving up 100 or more points. The Pistons should feel pretty good about themselves, as they come to town having scored a season-high 136 against Denver.


Okay, Ben. When I get you the ball over there, I'm going to need you to put it in that little orange hoop. Sheed's trying to clown you. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

"We're not one of the best scoring teams in the league. We got to find a way to play some defense and try to contend," James said. "We just need to get healthy. Our identity will come. We're frustrated because we want to play with our whole unit. A guy comes in and another guy gets hurt."

A lot of the problems can be attributed to the constant roster turnover with injuries, holdouts and the recent trade. But Brown questioned whether his team is making a consistent effort when the Cavs were here last week. "I know what we want to be, a defensive-minded team. We feel like if you're defensive minded, you're going to have success in the playoffs," Brown said. "It's been a little bit of a struggle for us to grasp that and really take that identity on. That's why our record and our play is like this. We don't quite know as a team, what we are."

By Michael Lee  |  March 19, 2008; 7:15 AM ET
 
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Comments

Michael and Ivan:

I'd like to congratulate you both on writing these introductions to DC Man88's blog. Quite a feather in your cap.

Many of us complained to you, and to the Post, about the nature of many comments posted to this blog. Many of us urged you and the Post to require that posters sign in, as the Post requires on other blogs.

But you and the Post ignored those concerns and suggestions, and the result is that this blog isn't even yours anymore. It is a complete joke, and is an embarrassment to the Post and to this city.

Posted by: Sean | March 19, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

jeeze, lighten up.

Posted by: oddjob | March 19, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I completely disagree with you Sean. Ivan and Michael are nice enough to run this blog for the people that want more info on the Wizards & NBA than is available in the print edition of the Post. The Post sets rules for the blog(and have recently deleted some posts that did not follow those rules), but it is up to us to be adults. The Post shouldn't have to babysit our conversations. I get annoyed at the tiresome level of Gilbert Arenas talk, but that is obviously what people want to talk about. The Post will delete the bloggers that don't follow the rules, besides that, it is up to us to have relevant & respectful discussions.

Posted by: Dude | March 19, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Sean,
It is not Michael and Ivan who have empowered DCMan88, it is you. You have given him the forum for negative comments because you deem his opinions fit for a response. If you ignored him, you wouldn't have a problem having a decent conversation. But once you see his ignorant comments, you get upset and engage in mindless discussions. Ivan and Michael just provide the content. Unfortunately, most of the comments on this blog have nothing to do with what they've written. That's not Mike and Ivan's fault. It is yours.

Posted by: misguided bullets | March 19, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of which - the Cavaliers stink. That trade was terrible. I agree with Sheed. No way that front line scares anybody.

Posted by: misguided bullets | March 19, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

After watching a few games since the trade, I don't think that Cleveland got any better. They definately lost some inside scoring, although Joe Smith has been playing well for them.

It seems that with Ilgauskas, James, and Wallace the Cavs should be a better defensive team - but they're not. I guess it's not as easy as "add a defensive player = get better defensively"...

They need another all-star caliber player. Probably at Power Forward.

Normally, I'd say Point, but James handles the ball so much, it's probably better to add a real beast inside. Elton Brand would be perfect; except Cleveland has no Cap space, and nothing to offer in a Sign-and-Trade.

Posted by: Rook | March 19, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

All this talk about avoiding Cleveland in the first playoff round is also crazy. I believe the Wiz match up much better with the Cavs then Orlando.

We'll see a preview of the matchup tonight in Orlando. Superman and company scares me a lot more than Letravel.

Posted by: Wizzz | March 19, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I love the Wiz but tonight will be another loss. We not only have to worry about Superman but Turkoglu as well...he ALWAYS torches us.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 19, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Sean I think you might be taking things on here a bit too seriously. You think WP really gives a crap about DC Man88's posts? They don't, and neither does anyone else. I'm sorry that you let another man's opinion about a basketball team infuriate you to such a degree.

Embarassment to the Post and to the city? You HAVE to be joking.

Posted by: KB | March 19, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I also agree with other posters. The Wiz have a better shot at the Cavs then Orlando. We are still in the mindset that Orlando is some kind of joke. We still look at them as the team that starts off hot and then just fades by the end of the season. This is NOT that team. Ladies and Gentlemen, Orlando is the real deal. You'll see.

Posted by: KB | March 19, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The reason why believe that the Magic is a wrong match up for us is because they are a much athletic team than the Cavs. The Wiz always have trouble with teams who have athletic men both big and small (ex. Magic, 76ers and even the Hawks).

As for the trade, I view it as not an upgrade for the team. Yes, Big Ben is solid in D but has no O compared to Gooden. I believe LH is better than Wally. Larry was getting his points when the trade occured. West is the factor. If he can be a solid PG then I think the trade will be a plus for the team.

Posted by: Dave, | March 19, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Anybody who objects to me writing about Gilby is a loser, and you're even a worse loser if you go as far as to attack me just b/c I'm offering a fair and balanced critique of Gilby.

Everything that I've commented on with regard to Gilby has been based on reports presented by the Post, snippets from Gilby's blog, and Gilby opening up his mouth on televised interviews. Too bad you can't handle that, and you're dumb if you expect me to comment about a different player on a team instead of Gilby, who makes minimal monies and isn't as high profile as Gilby on this team.

You're on the wrong blog if you think people can't offer a different opinion, but instead, expect a Les Boules and Gilby lovefest.

If Gilby didn't act a fool and presented himself like a tru pro like Caron, you wouldn't be reading anything from me that points out Gilby's hypocrisy. Even the reporters here are often confused by Gilby's double meanings and vague references. No new ground is being broken here.

If you don't like it, don't read it, and keep your blinders on. It's just that simple, but to attack me is ridiculous.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't you want the Cavs over Orlando? With Cleveland, you really only have to worry about one guy - a very good guy - but one guy! Forget experience. If you have Orlando, you have to worry about Dwight Howard, Turkeyglue and Rashard Lewis. The Magic is scarier because they have a dominant big man. I like Brendan's chances against Z and Varejao over Superman.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Mike's interview with Rasheed should be taken with a grain of salt. Most NBA players have such huge egoes that they aren't willing to give credit to another team, especially since the Cavs beat them last season.

It makes it almost worthless to get a quote from them. A good example is Gilby. Reference the previous blog input from Ivan.


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Rather than try to intrepret this for you, I'll just run the interview as it flowed. I have no idea what to think so read it and try to read the situation for yourself.

Could you play Wednesday?
Arenas: "I don't know to be honest. They want me to ramp it up just to see. One (doctor) said give it a 12-day ramp up just to see. At the end of the day, they said when I come back it's just going to be an assist game. They don't want me in there jumping and being acrobatic."

Can you play that way?
Arenas: "Yeah. Just play the way I do in practice. Just an assist game. Don't be jumping in the air getting banged up."

Are you positive that you are going to play this season?
"I don't know. I'm hoping. I do want to play. It's hard when all you know is something your whole life and then it gets taken away from you so, hopefully I can get back out there but at the end of the day, it's still a mental thing. I don't want to go out there second guessing so I have to get my mind wrapped around that I just have to play a basic game until next season."

On speculation that he may be delaying his return do to financial considerations (as you know, Gilbert plans on opting out of the final season of his contract this summer to become an unrestricted free agent. He wants to sign a maximum contract but fears that a third injury to the left knee will seriously hurt his chances.

Arenas: "At the end of the day, (not playing) is the smartest thing to do. Let's be honest. But at the end of the day, I still love the game of the basketball and that will overtake everything. A hyped game will actually get me out there. If the doctors were not here against Cleveland, I'd be playing right now."

So to clarify, as far as Wednesday goes, you may play or may not?
Arenas: "Everything is 50/50 to be honest. It depends on how I feel that night. The doctors said: "ramp it up." I asked them (the doctors), "can I ramp it up in a game?" and they were like: "well, let's work out in practice before you go out there in a game."

So you haven't actually been cleared to play in a game yet?
Arenas: "No."

Arenas: I'm just going to go hard today, tomorrow and see how it feels Wednesday. If it feels the same as it does now, then I could play because it means it's not getting worse. I mean, that's my whole concern. I asked them: "will I get hurt again?" They said: "no, everything is healed up."

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

AD should be commended for being so open and forthright. AD is a vet, so he doesn't have to walk on eggshells around Gilby. I'm glad he sent this message directed to Gilby in his own way. Who else would he have been referring to?

Forget max money and pass bonus checks to the tough guys on this team who've held up and not cried and moaned with unnecessary drama all year, despite injuries. They include Caron and AD.

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Antonio Daniels has a left wrist issue as well and it's not getting any better.
"It is what it is," Daniels said. "If you can play, you go out and play. You do what you have to do to help the team win basketball games. My left wrist is messed up. Caron's left wrist is messed up. It comes with the territory. We've been bumped and bruised all season. I'm not going to sit in front of you guys and make excuses That's not the way we've been all season and that's not the way I am as an individual."

More Daniels and this quote was interesting: "It's crunch time so, guys have been bumped and bruised all year and we have to tough it out. Our team needs us right now and sometimes you have to put yourself aside as an individual to do what is best for us as a team."

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"It is not Michael and Ivan who have empowered DCMan88, it is you. You have given him the forum for negative comments because you deem his opinions fit for a response.... Unfortunately, most of the comments on this blog have nothing to do with what they've written. That's not Mike and Ivan's fault. It is yours.

Posted by: misguided bullets | March 19, 2008 08:55 AM

I agree with what you say, Misguided. I actually have never responded to anything he has to say -- I've learned to read the name of the poster before reading the posts, and so I skip his posts and those who always respond to him (GM, etc.). The problem is that 75% of the posts here are related to his posts. A year ago this blog and the comments were interesting reading. I just miss that.


"You think WP really gives a crap about DC Man88's posts? They don't."

Posted by: KB | March 19, 2008 09:51 AM

Yes, and that's the problem, KB. The offensive things that are said on this blog are just too much, and the Post does nothing. That's my opinion. And I agree that my statement about it being an embarrassment to the city was an overstatement. Cranky before breakfast.

Posted by: Sean | March 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Dave and KB that the Wiz would have a much more favorable matchup with the Cavs. By trading Gooden and Hughes, they took away TWO of their more athletic players who caused the Wiz matchup problems. We saw how slow and ineffective Wallace and Sczerbiak were last Thursday against us. AJ was probably celebrating when they traded Gooden because he always caused him problems on both ends.

Orlando is much more athletic particularly with their frontcourt of Howard, Turkoglu, and Lewis. CB has trouble matching up against Lewis or Turkoglu because of their height and length. We'd get swept out in 4-5 games if we face them in the playoffs even with Agent Zero. They've already shown they can beat the Wiz here and crushed us in Orlando.

The way things are playing out, it's also very possible that a hot Philly team may end up 5th and Toronto could drop to 7th with Bosh injured. The loss we suffered to Philly when CB reinjured his hip and the Wiz blew a 10-point 4th quarter lead may loom very large at the end of the season.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Sheed, the Cavs just traded bad contracts, they didn't really improve. I also agree with everyone on here who would rather see the Cavs in the first round. LeBron is a hell of a player, but Orlando is a much better team. Cleveland's only shot to get back to the Finals is to keep every game close and hope for a game winning shot or the refs to put LeBron on the free throw line.

Posted by: Dude | March 19, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I like LeBron less every time I see him. Now that Larry is gone the Wiz fans don't have any reason to like anything about Cleveland. The Wiz want Cleveland. The Wiz need Cleveland. The Wiz have got to have Cleveland. The Wiz may lose 4 in a row to Cleveland but it will be a war.

The Wiz don't want Orlando. In the playoffs vs. Orlando, the Wiz will get blown out in 3 out 4 games. It will be an embarrassment.

Posted by: oddjob | March 19, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

point is nobody cares DC but you. I get tired of reading the same old discussion day in and day out. I get tired of the comments being comandeered on every single post ivan makes. If Ivan's post is concerning caron's hip, gilby makes his appearance 3 comments in. If its DS' knee, Gilby. Last night's win, Gilby. Last night's loss, Gilby. I mean, dead horse is no longer even appropriate. Its beyond obsessive. But that's DC's prerogative, and I have no right to tell anyone what they can and cannot discuss.

So therefore my personal approach is to read the comments until I see Gilby. Then I'm gone. And that's sad because I'd like to have a balanced discussion on whatever topic there is to be discussed, but its just not possible. And that is a loss to the WP in a quantifiable way: fewer page hits = less advertising income.

Posted by: jones-y | March 19, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Sean, I just saw your post after posting mine on the Wiz-Cavs matchup. Best way to deal with any offensive bloggers is to ignore them. By responding to them or saying the WP is an embarrassment, you're actually empowering the individual. The WP is a liberal publication and they aren't going to censure free speech unless it is very offensive.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 19, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"point is nobody cares DC but you. I get tired of reading the same old discussion day in and day out. I get tired of the comments being comandeered on every single post ivan makes. If Ivan's post is concerning caron's hip, gilby makes his appearance 3 comments in. If its DS' knee, Gilby. Last night's win, Gilby. Last night's loss, Gilby. I mean, dead horse is no longer even appropriate. Its beyond obsessive. But that's DC's prerogative, and I have no right to tell anyone what they can and cannot discuss.

So therefore my personal approach is to read the comments until I see Gilby. Then I'm gone. And that's sad because I'd like to have a balanced discussion on whatever topic there is to be discussed, but its just not possible. And that is a loss to the WP in a quantifiable way: fewer page hits = less advertising income.

Posted by: jones-y | March 19, 2008 10:48 AM "

Sorry, but I don't think the Post losing you is really hurting them.

My posts have actually triggered a lot of discussion, positive or negative, so unless you have the raw data about this blog's decrease in hits, then you're just making stuff up. The problem is that people on this blog can't have their hero not only torn down, but critiqued.

Plus, if you don't care so much, and if I'm the only one who cares, then why did you waste two paragraphs talking about what you SAY you don't care about? If you really didn't care, you wouldn't have bothered to post, and that would be fine with me.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"Yes, and that's the problem, KB. The offensive things that are said on this blog are just too much, and the Post does nothing. That's my opinion. And I agree that my statement about it being an embarrassment to the city was an overstatement. Cranky before breakfast.

Posted by: Sean | March 19, 2008 10:40 AM "

Sean is in his own world with his assessment. He clearly doesn't see that the "offensive things" said on this blog are initially directed at me, and then I respond.

Most of these negative posts against me are either anonymous, or from losers like GM, JSchon, Lisa, et all who are Gilby homers and think Gilby is the best since sliced bread.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

point is nobody cares DC but you. I get tired of reading the same old discussion day in and day out. I get tired of the comments being comandeered on every single post ivan makes. If Ivan's post is concerning caron's hip, gilby makes his appearance 3 comments in. If its DS' knee, Gilby. Last night's win, Gilby. Last night's loss, Gilby. I mean, dead horse is no longer even appropriate. Its beyond obsessive. But that's DC's prerogative, and I have no right to tell anyone what they can and cannot discuss.

So therefore my personal approach is to read the comments until I see Gilby. Then I'm gone. And that's sad because I'd like to have a balanced discussion on whatever topic there is to be discussed, but its just not possible. And that is a loss to the WP in a quantifiable way: fewer page hits = less advertising income.

Posted by: jones-y | March 19, 2008 10:48 AM

Man, Jones-y you could not have put that any better. I am so TIRED of the Gilbert stuff I can gag right now. Once I see posts on Gilbert I blow right past them.

The posts are never really about the game anymore so I just wait to see posts talking about the game. The subject is just tried and worn out. Maybe we will start to talk basketball again sometime in the future.......

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | March 19, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Cavs analysis. I would have thought they miss Eric Snow a lot on D. He was both the glue and the irritant in backcourt who kept the pother teams off balance. Unsung, but very much a factor.

Posted by: joe c | March 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the Cavs are less scary than the Magic. Surprised that Rashid is so candid.

We'll see tonight if Zards can answer the call after the Magic blowout in our house recently. But I just don't think we can handle Howard, Turgolu, Lewis and West driving and dishing. We are a tired bunch that has seemingly and abnormal amount of bumps and bruises. AJ's back is hurting, Caron is not himself yet, AD and Stevenson are not complaining but apparently just playing through pains. I honestly think Gil needs to sit till he has confidence back. Ideally he should need about 6-10 warm up games before the playoffs. He can get his wind back in practice. and the more he pracices the greater his confidence will be built up. At some point he'll need to jump back in the water but it seems this is not the time yet. I don't think the urgency to keep in the playoffs is there. If we were in the 9 spot right now? then absolutely get him out there! I sure wish we could get that Cavs draw though! Revenge would be sweet!

It is time for EJ to lean even more on DMac for defense and rebounding. Songalia lacks athleticism and Blatche has hit the wall. But we will need him down the road so I hope EJ doesn't completely put him in dog house for good. DMac should play 18-20 minutes now. Caron needs to play less till we get closer to the second season. His left hand seems to be hurting big time.

Big game tonight. I am not very optimistic but maybe some bonding on the road is what they need right now. I hope he maintains curfew out west as well. These guys need to realize what time it is. Playoffs are only a month away.

Posted by: BmoreRev | March 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Would anyone like to see my Gilbert collection?

Posted by: Bullets70s | March 19, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Another plus by playing the LBJ and the Cavs is that we're sure not going to lack national exposure. GA will sure love it.

Posted by: Dave | March 19, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

It's simply hilarious that a dude who does nothing but Gilbert bash day in, day out -EVERY weekend included (can't a 20 year old get a date on the weekend? Geez!) is calling Jshon, GM, Lisa, etc losers. LMAO!

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 19, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Can we trade DC Man88 to the Plain Dealer's Cavs blog? He'd give Cleveland more offense, for sure.

Posted by: Gilby | March 19, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"It's simply hilarious that a dude who does nothing but Gilbert bash day in, day out -EVERY weekend included (can't a 20 year old get a date on the weekend? Geez!) is calling Jshon, GM, Lisa, etc losers. LMAO!

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 19, 2008 11:24 AM "

It's simply hilarious that a chick and others who do nothing but follow me around and stand up like a meerkat waiting for my post on Gilby so that they can respond immediately to protect their hero is doubting that they are losers.

LMAO!!!

BTW, anybody who thinks I ruin this blog can see Lisa's direct comment posted to me, along with the multiple meaningless posts by "Bullets70s" and stupid Haikus (Jschon), Confucius Statements, FOB statements pretending to be oriental, etc.

Most of these can be credited to original posters like Jschon, GM, Prazak, et all who post anonymously so they won't get blamed directly for ruining the blog.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"Surprised that Rashid is so candid."

Really? He's not exactly know for holding his tongue.

And I agree that the Cavs didn't do much with this deal. Replacing Gooden with BWallace really limits the flexibility of their front line. Gooden could play both 4 and 5 and score effectively from either position, paired up with either Ilgauskas or Varajao. Putting Wallace and Varajao on the floor together allows the other team to load up on Lebron defensively, because the Cavs have two guys on the floor who can't score. If they want scoring from up front they'll need to ride Z more, which could be a problem given his age and health issues.

Posted by: kalorama | March 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"And I agree that the Cavs didn't do much with this deal. Replacing Gooden with BWallace really limits the flexibility of their front line. Gooden could play both 4 and 5 and score effectively from either position, paired up with either Ilgauskas or Varajao. Putting Wallace and Varajao on the floor together allows the other team to load up on Lebron defensively, because the Cavs have two guys on the floor who can't score. If they want scoring from up front they'll need to ride Z more, which could be a problem given his age and health issues.

Posted by: kalorama | March 19, 2008 11:42 AM "

Why would they ever put Ben and Varejao on the court at the same time? Don't forget that they also got Joe Smith, who can score and rebound, and Big Z is back which allows Ben or Varejao to focus on D at the 4. Big Z is coming off injury, but he's only 32 and is averaging almost a double double this season.

With the attention that Lebron attracts, along with his great passing ability, his new teammates should have easier buckets whether they are offensively dominant or not. They'll be even better once Danny Gibson returns.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Why would they ever put Ben and Varejao on the court at the same time? Don't forget that they also got Joe Smith, who can score and rebound"

Maybe you should call Mike Woodson and share your expertise, because he started Varajao and Wallace six games in a row while Ilgauskas was out and brought Smith off the bench for limited minutes.

Posted by: kalorama | March 19, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Who's Mike Woodson? If he pretended to be Mike Brown, then that's probably him sabotaging the Cavs.

Now that Big Z is back, it's a moot issue about having to start both Varajao and Ben instead.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

You mean Mike Brown, Kal. Mike Woodson's the coach of the Hawks, as I'm sure you know.

I've never understood the hype about Mike Brown. I think he's a lousy coach. I can't cite specifics right now but there have been any number of Cavs games, including in the finals last year, where I have wondered what the h*ll he was thinking.

DCMan88 is right: those who don't care about his Gilbert obsession shouldn't spend time engaging with it. There is such a thing as a scroll bar... Do us all a favor and scroll.

Posted by: Prazak | March 19, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know there was any hype around Mike Brown. His name always seems to be near the top of those "coaches on the hot seat" list that sports writers keep churning out.

Posted by: kalorama | March 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Mike Brown only kept his job last season b/c of their great run, and Lebron didn't want a change. If Lebron is leaving the CAvs anyway, why hurt a man like Mike Brown by getting him fired?

* Nobody probably saw, but last night, CBarkley had a funny retort to Eddie Johnson asking him about his opinion on Glen Taylor saying KG tanked the last 5 games.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Hype" might have been too strong a word, but there during the playoffs last year there were quite a few commentators commending Mike Brown for his coaching.

I'm not advocating firing the guy, just saying I don't think he's that good of a game coach. Maybe he's great in practice and preparation and that's why LeBron backs him up. After that last trade I'm thinking Danny Ferry should lose his job before Mike Brown does. Sheed is right that Brown's substitution options now are more limited on the offensive end.

DCMan, I missed the beginning of that game and the half-time show. What did Sir Charles have to say?

Posted by: Prazak | March 19, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Big picture for those who are talking doom and gloom: the Wiz have won 6 of their last 9 games including Chicago. Three of the wins were big against playoff teams (Toronto, NO, Cleveland), one was an inexcusable loss (Bobcats), and the rest ended as expected. Considering their injury situation and Caron's return & new wrist injury, the Wiz are very fortunate to be the 6th seed at this point.

If we go 4-4 over the next 8 games (should be able to beat Miami, Seattle, and Sacramento), we have a very favorable schedule in April with 5 of 8 at home and a couple of road games against teams who will be resting their starters with their seeds locked (Detroit and Orlando). No reason to expect that the Wiz won't at least finish 8-8 over the rest of the season and end up with the 5th seed. If GA returns for the last 10 games of the season......who's to say we couldn't handle Cleveland in a playoff series.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 19, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Big picture for those who are talking doom and gloom: the Wiz have won 6 of their last 9 games including Chicago. Three of the wins were big against playoff teams (Toronto, NO, Cleveland), one was an inexcusable loss (Bobcats), and the rest ended as expected. Considering their injury situation and Caron's return & new wrist injury, the Wiz are very fortunate to be the 6th seed at this point.

If we go 4-4 over the next 8 games (should be able to beat Miami, Seattle, and Sacramento), we have a very favorable schedule in April with 5 of 8 at home and a couple of road games against teams who will be resting their starters with their seeds locked (Detroit and Orlando). No reason to expect that the Wiz won't at least finish 8-8 over the rest of the season and end up with the 5th seed. If GA returns for the last 10 games of the season......who's to say we couldn't handle Cleveland in a playoff series.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"DCMan, I missed the beginning of that game and the half-time show. What did Sir Charles have to say?

Posted by: Prazak | March 19, 2008 01:36 PM "

CB seemed very annoyed, angry, and irritated with what Glen Taylor said. CB said that Glen Taylor is just someone with money who knows nothing about basketball, just like Steinbrenner's son with baseball.

* "If Glen Taylor was here right now kissing my #$$, I still wouldn't know who he was."

* "Glen Taylor is an @ssho#43"

* "Glen Taylor is lucky he's not here right now in the studio with me."

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"Three of the wins were big against playoff teams (Toronto, NO, Cleveland), one was an inexcusable loss (Bobcats), and the rest ended as expected."

Really? Losing to the Hawks at home was expected?

The Wizards are not in a situation where they can consider any game on their schedule as a guaranteed win.

Posted by: kalorama | March 19, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Plus, if you don't care so much, and if I'm the only one who cares, then why did you waste two paragraphs talking about what you SAY you don't care about? If you really didn't care, you wouldn't have bothered to post, and that would be fine with me.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 11:05 AM

Another misinterpretation by you. I don't care about every little thing Gilby says. I don't get my panties in a bind because Gilby is gonna ruin the wiz Franchise (as if there were something to ruin...) and I don't care to hear about your bound panties either.

I DO care however about being able to have a good conversation about the wiz on this, my favorite, blog. And that was the subject of my post.

So just so we are clear: When I say 'nobody cares except you' I mean nobody's infatuated with Gilby except you. I DO NOT mean that nobody cares that you're ruining this blog.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

last post mine

Posted by: jones-y | March 19, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"So just so we are clear: When I say 'nobody cares except you' I mean nobody's infatuated with Gilby except you. I DO NOT mean that nobody cares that you're ruining this blog.

Posted by: | March 19, 2008 03:25 PM "

LOL!

You think I'm infatuated with Gilby b/c I report on him. I do this b/c 99.5% of the people on this blog have a jones for Gilby.

It's fun for me to report on Gilby the things that nobody wants to talk about that is reported everywhere such as the Post, his blog, online articles, news interviews, etc....things that people here want to sweep under the rug.

It's not a difficult b/c Gilby provides ample material to report on.

BTW, I'm not ruining this blog. I'm providing information on Gilby and critique it. The people who ruin this blog are those that try to direct their anger at me for reporting Gilby's idiotic and contradictory statements.

I'm not the idiot here composing stupid Haikus or mocking an asian person or dreaming up some stupid tale about a $7,000 bet. Go and direct your anger at them.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

99.5% of the people on this blog think you're the one with a jones for gilby.

Please show evidence that someone on this blog has attempted to "sweep things under the rug." If you have none, then you're just making things up...

Posted by: jones-y | March 19, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"99.5% of the people on this blog think you're the one with a jones for gilby.

Please show evidence that someone on this blog has attempted to "sweep things under the rug." If you have none, then you're just making things up...

Posted by: jones-y | March 19, 2008 03:57 PM "

Puhleaze dude.

If I was a fan of Gilby, I wouldn't be on here reporting the not so flattering news that Post reporters, interviews, net reports, have of him.

99.5% of these blogs here are about how Gilby has put Les Boules/DC on the map, how he carried the team, how he deserves max money, how the team can't go far without him, etc.

I don't know here you have been, but there has been tons of negative drama surrounding Gilby, but all that has been met with either total silence/no comment, or how great Gilby is and this and that.

Whatever.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

negative drama? who cares??? did it happen during a game? if not then I could care less... I don't give a snot about his baby mama and his kids smearing poop on the walls. I don't care what he thinks about Ben Gordon's contract negotiations. I don't care if he is the only athlete to admit he's scared to re-injure himself when all athletes really are. But I do like the fact that he donates money to local schools...

The only thing I care about is his performance on the court. After all that's the point of the whole thing, isn't it? Everything else to me is just gossip and drama. My wife cares about that stuff not me.

oh and having a jones for gilby and being a fan of gilby are two different things...

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I'm not ruining this blog.

That's correct. You're not ruining it; you've already ruined the blog. Long ago.

I used to be a regular here. Now I come here rarely. And it's 100 percent because of one person - you. The blog used to be lively. But your ceaseless obsession with Arenas, and constant badmouthing of everyone, makes this blog a joyless place, at least for me. It's my prediction that most people will eventually leave, also because of you, and you only.

Then you'll only have yourself to talk to, and you'll be responding to your own half-witted comments. That's what I call poetic justice.

Posted by: Keithinator | March 19, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I left for a long while. Then started reading Ivan/Mike's posts and none of the commentary. Now I find myself scrolling down and reading posts from a few people whose handle I recognize as someone who will make substantive comments about hoops, yours included Keith. Occasionally DCMan does have something worth reading, but too often people take his bait or jump his case and then he and they are off to the same-old crap-slinging again. Whatever.

Posted by: Prazak | March 19, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"That's correct. You're not ruining it; you've already ruined the blog. Long ago.

I used to be a regular here. Now I come here rarely. And it's 100 percent because of one person - you. The blog used to be lively. But your ceaseless obsession with Arenas, and constant badmouthing of everyone, makes this blog a joyless place, at least for me. It's my prediction that most people will eventually leave, also because of you, and you only.

Then you'll only have yourself to talk to, and you'll be responding to your own half-witted comments. That's what I call poetic justice.

Posted by: Keithinator | March 19, 2008 05:57 PM "

Too bad for you, and I hope I never seen your name again on this blog.

Buh Bye!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"negative drama? who cares??? did it happen during a game? if not then I could care less... I don't give a snot about his baby mama and his kids smearing poop on the walls. I don't care what he thinks about Ben Gordon's contract negotiations. I don't care if he is the only athlete to admit he's scared to re-injure himself when all athletes really are. But I do like the fact that he donates money to local schools...

The only thing I care about is his performance on the court. After all that's the point of the whole thing, isn't it? Everything else to me is just gossip and drama. My wife cares about that stuff not me.

oh and having a jones for gilby and being a fan of gilby are two different things...

Posted by: | March 19, 2008 04:44 PM "

I, uh...kinda sorta think you answered your own question. If you don't care, then don't read. It's not that difficult.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

a message to the wise on troll management:

85, 86, 87, 89, 90...

Posted by: BmoreRev | March 19, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

a message to the wise on troll management:

85, 86, 87, 89, 90...

Posted by: BmoreRev | March 19, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Here at start of 4th quarter I am surprised and thrilled at the team resiliancy. A nip and tuck game. Go figure! most proud of Haywood who is holding his own againsst Howard.

Posted by: BmoreRev | March 19, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

"a message to the wise on troll management:

85, 86, 87, 89, 90...

Posted by: BmoreRev | March 19, 2008 09:06 PM "

This troll seriously needs to get a life!

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 19, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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