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Game 2, Wiz and Cavs

After dropping Game 1 of the first round series here in Cleveland in 2006, the Wizards bounced back to take Game 2 by a score of 89-84. Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points in that game on 10 of 24 shooting while Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison each added 21 points. The Wiz held LeBron James to 26 points on 7 of 25 shooting (he was 1 of 6 on threes) and he had 10 assists in that game. Big Z was 3 of 13 in that game with 9 points and 7 boards.

"It's so ironic too because I remember us really dictating the tempo and having a real solid scoring pace and really having a burst of scoring and that's what we were missing the other night and that's what we need tonight," Coach Eddie Jordan said.

The way I see it, the pressure is on the Cavs tonight. They must go back to DC up 2-0. If it's 1-1, a huge edge goes to Washington.


By Ivan Carter  |  April 21, 2008; 6:47 PM ET
 
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LOL Arenas sprained his wrist trying to FOUL lebron! That's hilarious.. go play checkers Arenas

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

So I guess missing lay ups is how the Wizards will lose tonight's game.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

It's about concentration and mental toughness, and again, they're not showing it tonight. And notice that LeTravel started making shots last game after he had a little reverse lay up. He was missing from deep again today, then they let him get a couple of dunks. Same story. Don't give him easy shots so he won't feel as comfortable.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess missed lay ups AND missed free throws is how they will lose. Who cares if the refs call the fouls if they can't make the foul shots?

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Wizards jumped on the Cavs early and went up eight points. Then they let Cleveland rip off a 15-4 run to take the lead because of missed lay ups, missed free throws, careless turn overs and terrible interior defense. The Wizards can only focus, it seems, for brief stretches of time. So the Cavs don't panic when they fall behind. Too easy to come back against Washington.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

On Dish Network, it's Comcast 448

Posted by: rgz | April 21, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What was that? Seven points scored in the last seven minutes? Meanwhile, Cleveland scored 20 in that time. Awful. And the defense. My god was AJ awful on the help side. Settled for jumpers, too.

I don't know how much longer I can watch this. It's the same story as Game 1 so far. Same story as the playoffs every year with this team. How does a team with all this talent fade away and choke? I don't get it.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The attention to detail is so terrible -- missed free throws, bad turn overs, offensive rebounds surrendered -- and I don't know if that's because the players are mentally weak or because of the coaching. Maybe it's a combination. This team displayed more fortitude and mental toughness last year. When they have a full roster of players, they seem to regress, thinking that their talent will rule in the end. Kind of like those Strickland-Webber-Howard teams of the 90s. At some point, they're going to have to realize that talent alone doesn't win ball games. Maybe then they'll start laying the wood on inferior opponents.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Wizards can stop anyone on the Cavs. This is sad.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, Colin has declared the game over in the 2nd half. Guess we're all done here!

Posted by: TP | April 21, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Not over. Never said that. I was simply expressing my displeasure at seeing the same crap we saw in Game 1. Just wondering when it will all be fixed.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I will say this: If the Wizards lose tonight, series is done. Sloppiness all over the place tonight.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Tell me if there's one thing you liked about the first quarter? This team completely gave up in the second quarter. Absolutely gave up. I'm am so tired of this excuse for a playoff basketball team. They're losing to a less talented, yet more focused, team right now. Wizards don't deserve to win. It's ridiculous how pathetic this team looks right now. All kinds of missed lay ups, out-of-control drives, terrible jumpers, awful on-ball defense, missed free throws, bad decision making. It has it all. Is the game over? No. But playing this way, how do the Wizards get back into it. And quite frankly, if Washington loses this game, I don't know how they get back into the series because Cleveland will have tons of confidence. Plus, the Cavs play well in Washington.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Tell me if there's one thing you liked about the first quarter? This team completely gave up in the second quarter. Absolutely gave up. I'm am so tired of this excuse for a playoff basketball team. They're losing to a less talented, yet more focused, team right now. Wizards don't deserve to win. It's ridiculous how pathetic this team looks right now. All kinds of missed lay ups, out-of-control drives, terrible jumpers, awful on-ball defense, missed free throws, bad decision making. It has it all. Is the game over? No. But playing this way, how do the Wizards get back into it. And quite frankly, if Washington loses this game, I don't know how they get back into the series because Cleveland will have tons of confidence. Plus, the Cavs play well in Washington.

Wish I could watch the Caps instead, but they're losing, too. Ahh, the fate of the woebegone Washington sports fan.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Why are the Wizard's doing this to themselves?

Don't complain about the fouls if you aren't going to get the FT points.

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 21, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Chill out dude, you are going to have a heart attack. It's the 2nd quarter of game two. Deep breaths...

Posted by: To Colin | April 21, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

The wizards have even gotten calls tonight.. a few TERRIBLE calls/non calls that went their way too.. CANT COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING! Lebron just owns your whole city

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

wow. apparently, the cavs are going to get to do whatever they want. 3 steps? sure, why not. if you miss after those, we'll call a foul for you. need a rebound? go over the back, we won't call it. are you lebron james? knock stevenson to the ground on the first play, we'll let you.

the sad thing is, it's pretty obvious the zards are letting it get to them. they're playing frustrated. making rushed and bad decisions as a result. they have to realize that the nba does not like them and does not want them to win in the playoffs, and just get over it.

i vote we put young in there. he's got no conscious. while he might make some mistakes, he won't play afraid, which is what everyone seems to be ding now.

Posted by: JC | April 21, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse


Are we managing to injuries? No. Just making them worse -- and losing anyway.

Every game isn't a must win. But we treat them that way.

We can assume that CB and GA will continue to play hurt (and hurter). So, even if the Wiz win at home, they will not win in Cleveland unless the Big 3 miraculously become relatively healthy. And that doesn't look promising.

One cannnot use injuries as an excuse, particularly if the team doesn't manage to them.

Posted by: Izman | April 21, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why Eddie Jordan, Gilbert Arenas, and others are being QUOTED saying they are fouling LeBron hard because that's the only way to stop him - and yet the Wizards fan base is convinced that the refs are giving LeBron breaks.

It's like your franchise is bi-polar. You have an old-school coach, an Old-School star in Jamison, and yet Arenas, Stevenson, and a large portion of your fan base just can't stop talking...

Posted by: Casual Fan | April 21, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Chill out dude, you are going to have a heart attack. It's the 2nd quarter of game two. Deep breaths...

Posted by: To Colin | April 21, 2008 8:19 PM

And what a great first quarter it was. Down by 13 at the half, quickly down by 18 in the third quarter. This is ridiculous. Even when Gil, CB and AJ get shots, they miss them. How are you supposed to win when your three big stars shoot a combined 6-for-26 in the first half. Meanwhile, Wally shoots lights out and Wallace even puts down a couple of dunks.

Looks like Haywood is offensive option No. 1 at this point. I never thought that a team would be able to shut down Washington's three best players. It's happened here tonight. The Cavs get anything they want whenever they want it. Wizards just struggle to get a shot off.

Posted by: Colin | April 21, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Will Someone Please TELL Deshawn Stevenson to stop blowing his hand cause he's not rated!!!!!!!

Posted by: dtaylor | April 21, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

ejected? wow. even reggie miller just called out the refs for that one.

get this series into washington and hopefully our crowd will step up. this game's over. we're psyched out, and even if we weren't we're not going being allowed to play.

Posted by: JC | April 21, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

looked like wallace was in the circle to me.

Posted by: JC | April 21, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

CAVS in 4

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

looked like wallace was in the circle to me.

Posted by: JC | April 21, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Wizards are not a play off team, I am a fan, but they are just another .500 team with decent players. They don't have it in them to make runs and hold on to a lead. I'm done watching them for the year, they will be getting a early start on a long summer vacation!

Posted by: Dan | April 21, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

LOL Arenas sprained his wrist trying to FOUL lebron! That's hilarious.. go play checkers Arenas

Posted by: | April 21, 2008 7:05 PM


Lol...Cleveland's been trying to win a championship for 40+ years. I need to move to a better city

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

The wizards have even gotten calls tonight.. a few TERRIBLE calls/non calls that went their way too.. CANT COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING! Lebron just owns your whole city

Posted by: | April 21, 2008 8:20 PM

You have to excuse me, I'm a fan in a pathetic city like Cleveland. We haven't won a championship in 40+ years so we are desperate. That's why we scower around other city's websites.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why Eddie Jordan, Gilbert Arenas, and others are being QUOTED saying they are fouling LeBron hard because that's the only way to stop him - and yet the Wizards fan base is convinced that the refs are giving LeBron breaks.

It's like your franchise is bi-polar. You have an old-school coach, an Old-School star in Jamison, and yet Arenas, Stevenson, and a large portion of your fan base just can't stop talking...

Posted by: Casual Fan | April 21, 2008 8:32 PM


OK, so I lied. I'm a pathetic fan from Cleveland too.

Posted by: Casual Fan | April 21, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

it all boils down to coaching or lack thereof. EJ still allows these players to do whatever they wish,dribble across half court and fire up some crazy shot that cannot possibly be part of the o scheme.when players don't run through the offense sit them on the pine.This team will never be a contender with EJ as coach.He can,t get the team ready to compete and perform consistantly. When a coach can't do that ,he really ins't doing his job effectively.Cleveland does not have better overall talent, they are better prepared to compete.Ej .get the team ready to compete or go home.

Posted by: foots | April 21, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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