At the half, Game 5

The Wizards lead 45-43 here after a pretty solid first half. For the first time all series, Caron Butler has been assertive and he has 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting as a result. Another key is that the Wiz hold a 16-14 edge in rebounding and have connected on five three-pointers. Those two stats are going to be crucial.

Look for Eddie Jordan to call some stuff for Antawn Jamison early in the second half to get him going. With Caron and DeShawn Stevenson (11 points) taking an aggressive approach, he's been quiet though he does have six boards.

LeBron James (10 points of 2 of 8 shooting) has been content to probe the defense and move the basketball so far but I'd look for him to get after it here in the third.

Aside for the play when Darius Songaila and Stevenson were hit with technicals after Songaila caught James with an elbow to the chin, the rough stuff has been at a minimum which is great. And hey, give James credit for this: he didn't fall to the ground and roll around like a soccer player this time, so that's good.

By Ivan Carter |  April 30, 2008; 7:12 PM ET
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hey ivan what do you think is going to happen in the offseason with eddie and gilbert and anttwan

Posted by: brandon | April 30, 2008 7:51 PM

new changes next year:

draft physical, atheletic, F/C.
draft a PURE point guard. (Pass first mentality)

sign arenas to a 4 or 5 year deal.
sign jamison to a 5 year deal.

i'm not too sure about EJ if EG feels its time then i'm all for it. he had his chance here for what 5+ years and still only a second round apperence in the TWO THOUSAND AND FOUR playoffs. that was THREE years ago, if this was his first three years he'd already be on his way.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:02 PM

get rid of agent dildo.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:05 PM

At anon @ 8:02, that is literally the worst Wizards advice I've ever heard.

Posted by: Smith | April 30, 2008 8:08 PM

ah, no.. not the small ball game again.

Posted by: DEMJ | April 30, 2008 8:10 PM

Eddie Jordan deserves to be fired for this game. Way to keep Songalia in this whole quarter while we get killed in the paint.

Posted by: alec | April 30, 2008 8:11 PM

Get Haywood back in there EJ!

Posted by: George Templeton | April 30, 2008 8:13 PM

who is giving advice, smithers?

go pick an argument with a hole in the wall.

idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:13 PM

Wow EJ did use Whack-A-Wallce, he must know his job is on the line.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 30, 2008 8:23 PM

As I have been saying CAVS in 5...the Wiz will lose this game

Posted by: Skip in VA | April 30, 2008 8:25 PM

wIZIZdone

thanks for the memories.

flukes.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:33 PM

Good-bye Eddie! Nice knowing ya!

Posted by: DEMJ | April 30, 2008 8:35 PM

avery johnson for coach.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:38 PM

After a timeout.. they run a play for Darius with 1 minute and 30 seconds left. Eddie, good knowing you.

Posted by: alec | April 30, 2008 8:38 PM

Can Eddie Jordan show any less emotion or leadership as a coach this series?

Posted by: So Long Eddie | April 30, 2008 8:39 PM

Antawn is the worst 4th quarter player in the history of organized basketball.

Posted by: JWiz | April 30, 2008 8:42 PM

back to DC

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:45 PM

As I have been saying CAVS in 5...the Wiz will lose this game

Posted by: Skip in VA | April 30, 2008 8:25 PM

wIZIZdone

thanks for the memories.

flukes.

Posted by: | April 30, 2008 8:33 PM

Good-bye Eddie! Nice knowing ya!

Posted by: DEMJ | April 30, 2008 8:35 PM

avery johnson for coach.

Posted by: | April 30, 2008 8:38 PM

After a timeout.. they run a play for Darius with 1 minute and 30 seconds left. Eddie, good knowing you.

Posted by: alec | April 30, 2008 8:38 PM

Can Eddie Jordan show any less emotion or leadership as a coach this series?

Posted by: So Long Eddie | April 30, 2008 8:39 PM

Antawn is the worst 4th quarter player in the history of organized basketball.

Posted by: JWiz | April 30, 2008 8:42 PM

Look at all you doubters. Eat your words, you no faith having bandwagon fans.

Posted by: Josh | April 30, 2008 8:47 PM

Despite my god-awfulness as a coach in this series the team still won. Go figure.

Posted by: Eddie Jordan | April 30, 2008 8:47 PM

I eat my words. The boys did it...Back to DC...I eat my words...

Posted by: Skip in VA | April 30, 2008 8:48 PM

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEY PULLED IT OUT FOR THE GYPPPPPERRRR!!!!!

BACK TO DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MVP SEALS THE DEAL FOR US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HECKUVA GAME, EVEN THOUGH THE ZERBRAS GAVE US NO CALLS AT THE END!!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 8:49 PM

Did you notice anyone missing from tonight's game?

Posted by: Gilbert Arenas | April 30, 2008 8:49 PM

1 point win! Payback for all the 1 point wins Cavs got in the playoffs against us.

BTW guys, I think EG should seriously think of hiring an assistant coach for dramatics. I never saw so many soft powder puffs, floppers and just plain old acting amongst the Cavaliers today. At one point Stevenson drove for a layup, TWO Cavaliers flopped to the floor with not an inch of contact - presto Stevenson called for charging. If the refereeing was not so disgusting tonight, I would even say it was funny.

Posted by: rgz | April 30, 2008 8:49 PM

Hello, Cleveland!

Suckas...

Everything broke down for both teams at the end. Could've easily lost but didn't. An ugly, ugly game.

BTW, anyone else see Gilbert's vertical on the reaction to Caron's game winner.

Posted by: Pauly B. | April 30, 2008 8:50 PM

Calm down....

Great win for us.

But, did anyone notice that we had ZERO inside presence in the game. Nobody with a back to the basket attempt.

Just a lot of cutting, slashing, and J's.

I'm glad we won though.

Hope Abe feels better.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 8:50 PM

This is getting ridiculous. It's like the team WANTS me to look bad.

Posted by: Gilbert Arenas | April 30, 2008 8:51 PM

what happened to Blatche, and why was there so much so much small ball again? I mean come on, we all know they have big guys, and what we let them have the advantage?

Posted by: rgz | April 30, 2008 8:51 PM

Look, I'd trade myself for Elton Brand at this point.

Posted by: Gilbert Arenas | April 30, 2008 8:52 PM

Yep, LeBron owns the Wiz. He didn't really want to win this at home tonight.

You worried yet, Cleveland? You should be.

Posted by: 7snider7 | April 30, 2008 8:52 PM

Screw you, Caron! Where was that aggressiveness last Sunday?

Posted by: Gilbert Arenas | April 30, 2008 8:53 PM

bring on the wizjizz handjob post.

or shall i say, "keep em' coming"

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 8:55 PM

Antawn, you almost single handedly lost the game for us. Go practice your jumpshots please.

Posted by: belly acher | April 30, 2008 8:55 PM

With Avery Johnson fired and Mike D'Antoni about to be, there was no way i'd lose in 5 games.

Posted by: Eddie Jordan | April 30, 2008 8:55 PM

Caron won this game, by himself, for Mr. Pollin. Pretty awesome.

Posted by: Kev | April 30, 2008 8:55 PM

Small ball cause haywood was in foul trouble / fouled out there towards the end

Posted by: Dante | April 30, 2008 8:56 PM

That's the reason I'm a Bullets fan!

Posted by: Gheorghe Muresan and Cal Cheney | April 30, 2008 8:57 PM

Way to go wiz!

Posted by: jones-y | April 30, 2008 8:59 PM

Look at all you doubters. Eat your words, you no faith having bandwagon fans.

Posted by: Josh | April 30, 2008 8:47 PM

Look, Josh, I can copy and paste too.

Cut it out with your "look ma', 'i-can-copy and-paste-post.'

You're exhibit 'A' of the wizjizz hand job post.

I've seen this movie before...

It was the 2006 Semi-Finals, but without "agent dildo"

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 9:00 PM

With so much grabbing, grappling, shirt pulling and assorted underhand/below the waist tactics by the Cavaliers, I thought they were trying to turn it into a WWE bout.
Of course the zebras were blind.

Posted by: bunch of | April 30, 2008 9:00 PM

One of my friends called me and say that the the fouls on Haywood in the fourth were crap. I didn't see it. Is that right.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 30, 2008 9:01 PM

I wanted to break all of your hearts in Verizon.

Posted by: LeBron James | April 30, 2008 9:01 PM

So Arenas is able to punt a basketball to the top row of Verizon Center yesterday? But he is unable to play in a game the next day? And he chooses to tell the coach a few minutes before the game that he is out for the season? He is a cancer that is eating at this team and needs to be driven to the airport asap.

Posted by: JT | April 30, 2008 9:02 PM

Guess I was posting in the wrong thread.

Whomever said the DS charge was not a charge is crazy! He charged two guys! He was out of control right after the fight situation. DS creates and loves all the "drama" yet he doesn't even react well to it!

That being said we got no help from the refs. Look how many guys we had in foul trouble and they are the team that wants the game to be slow and "dirty".

But, somehow we won! Get the next one and ANYTHING can happen. We are the more talented team.

Posted by: Rob P | April 30, 2008 9:06 PM

Don;t hurt me!

Posted by: Lebron James | April 30, 2008 9:11 PM

Ow my throat! (after barely being grazed on side of face)

Posted by: Lebron James | April 30, 2008 9:11 PM

But ... but .. it was my time. WAHHHHH

Posted by: LeBron James | April 30, 2008 9:12 PM

Ow they're trying to hurt me!! (after zero physical contact and flinging self onto the floor)

Posted by: Lebron James | April 30, 2008 9:14 PM

don't hurt Lebron James!@#*@!

Posted by: Lebron James | April 30, 2008 9:15 PM

The way James is protected is nothing short of criminal. He totally bodied Caron on the game-winner; no call.

On the other end, he steamrolled Songaila. Destroyed him. Ran him over. A more obvious charging foul has never been committed.

No call.

If his shot goes in, the Wiz lose, and all we'd be hearing about is how great LeBron is. Nothing about the other crap. Eddie MUST protest to the league about this. LeBron wasn't allowed to be breathed on in the 4th.

Posted by: Keithinator | April 30, 2008 9:15 PM

So Haywood's comments seem a lot more accurate after the game. Lebron needs to go back to his acting class because the drama isnt there anymore. Dudes soft. You missed a lay in with a little contact. Walk off the court. He has nobody to blame but himself. Period.

Posted by: Chris Dudley | April 30, 2008 9:16 PM

Lebron James never charged anyone! Lebron James plays clean basketball! Lebron is the chosen one! That's why they tryin to hurt Lebron James!!!

Posted by: Lebron James | April 30, 2008 9:17 PM

LETS GET IT!

Posted by: Jason | April 30, 2008 9:17 PM

Eat my words on Antawn being the worst 4th quarter player ever? He was atrocious. Two missed free throws and an airball in crunch time, zero points. It's happened every game except the two Clippers games.

Posted by: JWiz | April 30, 2008 9:21 PM

Yeah BronBron is gettin on my nerves now. But anyway, at least we get two full cleveland-fan-less days around here.

Blow your whistle!

Posted by: jones-y | April 30, 2008 9:23 PM

Caron is the Wizards go-to-guy and there is no doubt about it after tonight. Wiz don't need Agent Zero to beat the Cavs and the refs at the same time. How many times did Caron get fouled driving to the basket and nothing was called? I counted 3X in the 4th quarter alone including on the gamewinner.

LeBron is a whining crybaby as evidenced by his reaction at the end of the game. He got a gift from the refs when he steamrolled Haywood and was given the call. Same thing on the last play and he can't understand a no call?? Please LeBron - go back to acting school so you can get some more calls. Z is a dirty thug who gets a way with more than any player in the league. Maybe we'll get some homecooking from the refs on Friday.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 30, 2008 9:28 PM

Let me just say this. Lebron has been exposed as a flopper and a whiner - the jaw rubbing and elbow displaying and third person referencing etc. That simply won't work, if you want to be MJ, or magic, bird etc. He needs to be called on it on national TV in game 6, and if he is it WILL hurt his image, he will know this, and it will bother him. The crowd needs to exploit this with signs, chants etc. "CRY-BABY" should replace "overrated". Even if we lose, at least he will be embarrased on TV, and get his just deserts.

Posted by: mk | April 30, 2008 9:31 PM

this one was important. it was a manhood issue.

Posted by: oddjob | April 30, 2008 9:34 PM

Right on Keithinator. Did you see Songaila clutching his back when he was finally able to get up after LeBron's flying knee of doom? He was obviously trying to hurt a Wizards player intentionally. I just hope the Wizards can pull this series out without anyone getting seriously injured by this dirty team and their thug leader LeBron James. By the way, nice 3 point shot by LeBron right before the Butler game winner. That was one of the ugliest shots I have seen all year. That's why LeBron should never be compared to Kobe. Kobe drills that shot 10 out of 10 times.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 9:38 PM

NBA should learn from NHL. Flops like Lebron took tonight gets you 2 minutes in the box. in the NBA they should be technicals.

Posted by: Rinphilly | April 30, 2008 9:38 PM

A shout out for DeShawn Stevenson. Mike Brown praises LeBron for poise under pressure but LeBron has been a media darling so long he may think he was born to it. The jeering he's faced hasn't come close to being a challenge for him. But that same media, most of Cleveland, and many squirrelly Wiz fans, have mocked and raged at DS. I've been pleasantly surprised by his shooting % and guts the past two games. I don't think he's acting -- the man really cannot feel his face!

Posted by: 7snider7 | April 30, 2008 9:57 PM

Kudos to this team, they looked dead as a doornail with 1:30 to go. Can't wait for Friday, I will be going. Maybe the Wizards might even get a call or two.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 30, 2008 10:31 PM

The Flagrant technical foul on Songaila was a farce.

I wonder if the Referees go back and look at a replay of the game? If so, they'll see that Queen James instigated that incicdent by holding onto Songaila's arm, and then lifted his arm up causing Darius' hand to come up and hit him in the chin.

For all his tough talk, LeBaby sure seems to have a glass chin (glass mouth, glass head, glass back).... Seems everytime he gets even minor contact, he is checking for blood (Missing teeth, missing headband, split lip, broken bones, etc...)

For such a big guy, he seems to be really fragile.

"They're trying to hurt LeBron James"....

Posted by: Rook | April 30, 2008 11:36 PM

LOL

Posted by: Rook | April 30, 2008 11:39 PM

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