Wizards Bring It Back Home

Caron Butler's driving lay-up with 3.9 seconds left coupled with LeBron James's miss at the buzzer leads to an 88-87 win and keeps the Wizards alive in the playoffs.

Tonight's game featured a little bit of everything from this series: hard fouls, technicals, a wee bit of overacting by LeBron and some resilient play. So can we expect to see more of the same for Friday night's Game 6 at Verizon or will it devolve into another 30-point blow out one way or the other?

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor |  April 30, 2008; 9:19 PM ET
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I'll take a blow out that cripples the hopes of the Cleveland "metropolitan" area.

Posted by: Unlucky | April 30, 2008 9:30 PM

BACK TO DC BABY HOPEFULLY WE FORCE A GAME 7

Posted by: brandon | April 30, 2008 9:30 PM

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

THEY DID IT FOR THE GYPPPPERRRR!!!!

Great win as the team toughed it out while beating both the Cavs and the refs.

Talk about a bunch of no calls and one of the worst officiated game of the playoffs. Lebron deserves an oscar though.

I CAN'T FEEL MY JAW!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 9:30 PM

I don't normally complain about the officiating, but it was pretty poor tonight.

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

Thank you, Caron.

Greatest trade ever in Bullets history! (well, that one, and the trade for Big Eeeeeeeeeee!).

Posted by: Shotgun | April 30, 2008 9:33 PM

Colin: Agreed. But at least it was bad in both directions. Each team got screwed on a bunch of calls.

Posted by: McBride | April 30, 2008 9:34 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 9:36 PM

The Wiz beat the Cavs and the refs tonight. Wow! Caron clearly not getting the same respect from the refs as Lebron. But some home cooking will change that. The law of averages are finally kicking in. The Cavs can't win every close game, eventually the Wiz had to get one.

Posted by: low | April 30, 2008 9:36 PM

> I CAN'T FEEL MY JAW!!!

That's hilarious, DC Man88. I'm not an acronym kind of guy, so I'll just say it: That was laugh-out-loud funny!

Posted by: Dave | April 30, 2008 9:37 PM

Is it just me or does it look like LeBron travels like crazy (4 steps!!!!) on the last play? Heres a link to it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTBiajITnFc

The Wizards should send a tape to the league of all the crap that the big crybaby gets away with. I mean travelling is lightly enforced in the NBA, but 4 steps!?

Posted by: just another fan | April 30, 2008 9:39 PM

Kwame Brown can now make a legitimate claim that he helped to build 2 NBA franchises by being TRADED AWAY. The Wiz get Butler for The Big K and the Lakers get Gasol. KWAME KWAME KWAME!

Posted by: Kwame Who | April 30, 2008 9:41 PM

Caron hasn't looked that good in weeks if not a month. Despite what folks are saying publicly, let's hope that EJ finally realized that 100% of AD is better than 75% of GA.

Didn't like to see the return of smallball though.

Posted by: Ultimate Football Network | April 30, 2008 9:41 PM

LEBRON HAS BEEN EXPOSED AS THE CRYBABY HE IS!
Wizards would have swept these bums if Gilbert was 100%. We are still gonna win this series. It's just gonna take a little longer. Go Wizards!

Posted by: Bad Ad | April 30, 2008 9:41 PM

Thanks.

It was totally classless of the Cavs fans to take it to the next level and chant "@sshole" while DS took his free throws. What else would you expect out of Cleveland though?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 9:42 PM

I am so sick and tired of seeing Jordan go "small-ball" at crucial times of the game. That move coincided with the 6-0 run that nearly cost us the game as well as all in the final minute. Why is Blatche in the doghouse? If you don't trust him, don't have him on the playoff roster.

Posted by: garg8050 | April 30, 2008 9:46 PM

At the risk of voicing heresy, am I the only one who sees the Wiz playing better without Gilbert than with him? Maybe I'm hallucinating, maybe I'm not.

Posted by: Hoops Lover | April 30, 2008 9:48 PM

anyone know what time game 6 is gonna be on friday?

Posted by: objective fan | April 30, 2008 9:48 PM

Wooooooooooooooo! What a game! Man, talking about nerve wracking! I immediately purchacased my tickets and will be in the booth loud and proud come Friday! Yea, what a win! Take that Cleveland! One down and two to go! Player of the game---TOUGH JUICE!

Posted by: Lady Wizz | April 30, 2008 9:49 PM

Songaila gets called for more ticky-tack fouls throughout the season than anyone in the NBA, and then on the final play, he actually does foul and they don't call it! God bless irony, God Bless Caron Butler, hallejulah, holy-s...someone get me the tylenol.

LeWhiner, LeTravel, and LeGoSeeTheDentistifYourJawHurtsSoMuch.com.

Go Wiz!

Posted by: Tuna | April 30, 2008 9:51 PM

Well, we know what Lebron's career will be after basketball....acting! He takes it too far though....it's not even believable.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 9:54 PM

Waaah! Waaah! Waaah!

Posted by: LeBaby James | April 30, 2008 9:55 PM

"At the risk of voicing heresy, am I the only one who sees the Wiz playing better without Gilbert than with him? Maybe I'm hallucinating, maybe I'm not.

Posted by: Hoops Lover | April 30, 2008 9:48 PM "

I didn't even want to go there.

I did see Gilby get off the bench a few times during the end, and he sure is limping. That was one strange looking suit jacket though.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 9:55 PM

Hoops Lover
you're seeing the wizards play better without an injured Gilbert but if he was 100% then the wizards would be a much better team.

Posted by: wizfan88 | April 30, 2008 9:56 PM

i'm speechless. everyone turn on tnt for charles barkely at the half right now.

Posted by: zach | April 30, 2008 9:56 PM

DCman88, I am beginning to like you! Great post and glad to see you behind the home team! I have to say it again. Whoopee! Tickets to the game $100. Drinks and food $50. Deshawn's Stevenson's foul $25K. Seeing Lebron not get that foul at the end and the ultimate whine........PRICELESS!

Posted by: Lady Wizz | April 30, 2008 9:56 PM

LOL!

I was watching the TNT telecast.

Did Bucky scream out "DAGGGERRRRRRRRRRR" when Caron hit the tough layup?

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 10:00 PM

Hey garg8050,

Guaranteed if Blatche pursues a rigorous off-season conditioning program with a trainer and hires himself a full-time nutritionist(God knows he can afford one), he won't be in anyone's doghouse next year. He's potentially a big-time stud, but he's still pretty immature. I've heard EJ question his self-discipline and conditioning in the past.

Posted by: Hoops Lover | April 30, 2008 10:01 PM

I had to turn away from the T.V. and keep it on mute because for game 4, whenever I didn't watch it we did better.

And we won when I didn't watch the whole game. You can thank me, lol

Thankfully I won't be able to see the game Friday because I'm going to a Nats game.

GO WIZ!

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 30, 2008 10:02 PM

I like Gil a lot, but I think they've got to let him go if he opts out; they're just a better TEAM without him, Caron's a MUCH better player when he's "the man" and they can use all that cash to pick up the additional pieces to put them over the top... I'm also concerned that his knee may never get right again. JMO.

Posted by: Jim | April 30, 2008 10:02 PM

buck was completely caught off guard. it was as if he had nothing prepared for the possiblity that after lebron got in the paint, he wouldn't get the call or score. he was silent. it was actually appropriate.

Posted by: zach | April 30, 2008 10:04 PM

lebron is a faker. i was so happy he missed that last shot haha.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:07 PM

One thing is for sure: the Wiz are saving a lot of money on this playoff series. Gil is no longer a max player; not even near max anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't opt out of his contract at this point. He's damaged goods right now.

And Jamison has been hurting the Wiz more than helping them in this series, on the whole. He's gone back to his "hang around the 3-point line, jack up some Js, and once in awhile float around the hoop." Verajao (SP?), Smith and Z are eating his lunch time and again. He's become a liability.

Where is the guy who was an inside force all year, and their best player for much of it? Bricking FTs, getting out-hustled. I'm tremendously disappointed in Antawn so far.

I still continue to be mystified as to why the Wiz don't dump the ball into Brendan more often. He's been extremely effective.

Deshawn has been great the last two games. He was a real difference-maker tonight.

Posted by: Keithinator | April 30, 2008 10:08 PM

Lebron is a buceta.....

Mr. Stern wants his boy on TV. Those refs sucked, but at least they swallowed their whistles on the last play of the game !

Posted by: Section101 | April 30, 2008 10:09 PM

I think LeTruck and his Cavs should be ashamed that they could not beat a Wizards team that is missing their biggest All-Start (Gilbert). Once again, the Wizards are playing short-handed. As a result of this, the Wiz will most likely lose in 7 games, nevertheless, I'm proud of them.

By the way, why is it that the Refs don't call all those charges LeTruck does everytime he lowers his shoulders and steamrolls the defenders? he charges everytime he drives, and he never gets called for all those walks. Amazing.

GO WIZ

Posted by: asorto1 | April 30, 2008 10:09 PM

Just heard Charles Barkley and crew say that a foul should not have been called at the end of the game and that Washington cleary won. It was a great no call. Can you believe that??!! HA! Wonder how crow tastes! Go WIZARDS!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:10 PM

"buck was completely caught off guard. it was as if he had nothing prepared for the possiblity that after lebron got in the paint, he wouldn't get the call or score. he was silent. it was actually appropriate.

Posted by: zach | April 30, 2008 10:04 PM "

Thanks.

Funny to hear those big jowls weren't flapping and screaming something.....

All time favorite:

"NOT POSSIBLE...NOT POSSIBLE!!!!"

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 10:11 PM

A shout out for DeShawn Stevenson. Mike Brown praises LeBron for poise under pressure but 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 % (FG & FT) 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 10:12 PM

I like to troll around elementary schools. I definitely want to be like MJ, Michael Jackson that is. I can't wait to have my own Neverland Ranch.

Posted by: LeBron James | April 30, 2008 10:12 PM

the "CRY-BABY" chant must happen fri night.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:13 PM

By the way, where are all of the Cleveland trolls that have been inudating our blogs all week! Where you at??? Oh yea, I guess they are still picking their jaws off the floor!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:13 PM

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but if the Cavs lose the series, it would be the worst collapse of all time.

It would though, befit a town like Cleveland. It's a tradition there.

LMFAO!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 10:13 PM

did everyone see what LeCrybaby was wearing at his press conference!!!! Hahahahahahaha. Nice jacket there Nancy!

Posted by: Roger | April 30, 2008 10:14 PM

"Cry baby" every time be touches the ball

Posted by: mk | April 30, 2008 10:16 PM

Abe should seriously considering passing out study break tickets at UMd-College Park to Friday's game. They could seriously get rowdy and liven up the VC crowd.

Drawback would be that Chinatown would burn down if Les BouleS lose.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 10:16 PM

@keithinator

AJ is an undisputed team leader. That the Wiz have hung in there through so much adversity this season is largely owing to him. Stats aren't everything, though look at his rebounding throughout. I hope we don't lose him.

Posted by: 7snider7 | April 30, 2008 10:19 PM

YEAH!!! That's why I'm a wizards fan!! Even thought I criticize the coaching from time to time, YEAH!! That's why I'm a wizzards fan!! And to all y'all payin attention, our man DC 88 ain't bein' so critical right now...he's a Wizzards fan too!

Posted by: DC | April 30, 2008 10:20 PM

All those wackos that have been saying for months that this team is better off without Arenas don't seem quite as wacky these days...

Posted by: Nick | April 30, 2008 10:21 PM

I think we should all cease saying anything negative about cleveland for the rest of the series. I feel like the team that has the least amount of negative karma going into each game wins in gut wrenching fashion. Say no more. Please.

Posted by: zach | April 30, 2008 10:21 PM

Caron Butler is a baller, you guys need to get rid of Arenas. Anyway, I will use the excuse that you guys used. "the NBA wanted to see another game for TV ratings" all those fantom foul calls on the Cavs and the no call at the end was ridiculous. Wiz did not even play that great tonight. Cavs beat themselves. And DC man 88 talking about no class, thats your entire squad. Thats okay, two chances to close this down left. Oh and, Blow the whistle.

Posted by: Blow the whistle | April 30, 2008 10:21 PM

don't take the bait wiz fans!

Posted by: zach | April 30, 2008 10:23 PM

When Gil is 100% we will be formidable. I know that he ways can be a little unorthodox but hopefully, if he signs, during the off season he will mature a little. And hopefully he will be able to practice with the team more and get on board with the way they now play. He is a smart guy and will get with the program if he stays. Come on guys, let's not dump on him right now. We have too much to celebrate and he was there cheerig the guys on and willing them to win also.

Not sure what is going on with Antawn. I look for Antawn to have a big game Friday. If you think the lack of production from him does not bother him. Think again. We need him to be whole come Friday because his production would have increased the point spread. Thank God Tough Juice is peaking again at the right time. By the way, Vegas picked the Wiz to win. How you like us now!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:24 PM

Troll around elementary schools, come on, dont put that on LeBron, thats all DeShawn. With his statutory rape case and all.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:25 PM

HOV should stay in his lane

Posted by: Pro'Verb | April 30, 2008 10:26 PM

Honestly, they just want to get back to "Love" again on Friday night. Blow the whistle.

Posted by: Blow the whistle | April 30, 2008 10:27 PM

I still can't feel my face

Posted by: Pro'Verb | April 30, 2008 10:28 PM

You will be able to feel it when you are sent home at the end of the series.....blow the whistle

Posted by: Blow the whistle | April 30, 2008 10:29 PM

The series is effectively over.

Posted by: kalorama | April 27, 2008 8:13 PM

Still think so?

Posted by: Barno | April 30, 2008 10:29 PM

Great win, great effort. Caron, DeShawn, and AD basically won this game by themselves, with Arenas out and no real help from Jamison or Haywood. They dodged a bullet, but hopefully the other guys will get it going at home with the crowd behind them.

Posted by: kalorama | April 30, 2008 10:30 PM

yes

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:30 PM

Who the hell is Pro'Verb. Oh, the mouse who made a rebuttal. I bet you hope I come back at you so you can get some run like DeShawn. Aint going to happen. HOV

Posted by: HOV | April 30, 2008 10:31 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 10:33 PM

You got all the call tonight

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:34 PM

the nba needs to review tapes of this game and fire all the refs involved. the wiz got hacked all game and we never got a called. james managed to go through the entire game without picking up a foul. i can think of 3 fouls off the top of my head:

1. when he pushed songalia on the baseline and forced him to miss a layup

2. the charge that gave haywood his 6th foul

3. on caron's winning shot

not only that, someone threw something at deshawn and got to stay in his seat at the owners request.

Posted by: bryan | April 30, 2008 10:38 PM

Come on, are you serious. They helped you out and you are being a "cry baby" Please. Save it.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:39 PM

The blowout win was great, but I gotta say winning a close one like this was even more gratifying.

Anyway let's come out strong on Friday night DC and deny LeBaby the satisfaction of thinking he owns this team.

Posted by: JinK | April 30, 2008 10:40 PM

It's time to CALL OUT Ivan and Michael. Do you guys have the stones to put the obvious question to the Wiz brass that is on everyone's mind: Why is this team and Caron Butler better WITHOUT Gilbert on the floor? And do they really think it's a good idea to max him out next year?

HOOPS LOVER - you are RIGHT ON. Everyone is seeing it with their own eyes. This is a better team WITHOUT Arenas. We are all witnesses.

It's time for some of the national media talking heads like WILBON to put down the Kool-Aid and show the stones to CALL OUT LeBoohoo for being a chronic whining sissy baby. Even uber-talented guys can be chronic whiners; we are all witnesses; just say it.

I'm CALLING OUT Blow-the-whistle. Answer me this: Why didn't Caron get an And-1 on the other end when he got fouled on his driving lay up? If you can provide an answer for that, then I will tell you why LeBoohoo didn't get bailed out by the refs on the other end.

It's time to CALL OUT DCMAN88. Win or lose, the Terp fans are going to light up Chinatown. I'm a Terp. I was there when Frat Row got lit up after the Nat'l Championship victory. I don't know why we do it. I think it was all the asbestos we inhaled all those years screaming our guts out in Cole Fieldhouse.


Posted by: CALL OUT!! | April 30, 2008 10:40 PM

Anyway, I will use the excuse that you guys used. "the NBA wanted to see another game for TV ratings" all those fantom foul calls on the Cavs and the no call at the end was ridiculous. Wiz did not even play that great tonight. Cavs beat themselves. And DC man 88 talking about no class, thats your entire squad. Thats okay, two chances to close this down left. Oh and, Blow the whistle.

Posted by: Blow the whistle | April 30, 2008 10:21 PM

Please, there were tons of fouls on the Cavs that were not called. Caron was fouled a number of times, especially late in the fourth quarter. So who cares if LeTravel wasn't given a couple of free throws at the end of the game. He was given plenty of opportunities before that. And there's no way the NBA would want this to go six games. They would want LeTravel advancing no matter what. (I say "would" because I don't believe that the NBA is fixing games so that certain players and teams move on.)

Posted by: Colin | April 30, 2008 10:45 PM

tell me when the refs helped us out??? there is no way you can tell me that lebron and the cavs aren't getting the good treatment because of haywood's game 2 foul.

Posted by: bryan | April 30, 2008 10:46 PM

Classic Wizards...most unpredictable team in the NBA. Happy for Abe especially...hope his ticker is ok.

Not sure what Brendan was doing tonight, some really odd fouls way outside and then holding Z's shirt at the free throw line...what the?

Caron the stud is back. Let's roll.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | April 30, 2008 10:46 PM

A few things:

(1) The Wiz may be playing better without Gil now but that is only because Gil has been hurt all season and is still HURT.
(2) Charles Barkley said at the break that all the Wizards would be on vacation "in about an hour" - so take that, Charles Barkley!
(3) During the game, Buck commented that the Wizards have not lost a playoff game "on the road" in a long, long time. Can't remember what year but 1975 maybe? Which worries me.....and leads me to believe Cleveland will beat us at home on Friday night.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:49 PM

They are trying to hurt me. Did you see Darius hit me in the face, wait, I mean throat oh man I keep it straight with all this faking. I know i am no MJ thats why I have to cry and hold my lip. Blow the Whistle ha ha ha that is a hidden message to what I do after the game is over.

Posted by: Lebron Crybaby James | April 30, 2008 10:50 PM

Hello? Trash talking Cavs fans? Where are you? You are suddenly silent! Are you just practicing for how it will be when your "chosen one" bolts for New York?

Cleveland "fans" are a joke.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 10:50 PM

The wiz aren't upredicatable. We have been playing well all season despite not having Gil. Tonight we went back to 5 men playing D and 5 men moving the ball. It's not that hard to figure out. When I heard Gil wasn't playing I called my brother and said "We are winning tonight".

Posted by: bryan | April 30, 2008 10:52 PM

Where IS ROB P TONITE WHERE ARE YOU "BRO"HEY LETS FIRE EJ NOT!!!! For all you non believers I told you its not over no matter what LeTravel says I know one thing they had better bring their 'A" game friday night,on second thought it won't matter see yo ass in the mistake by the lake on sunday Be There!!! Oh Yeah Gilbert ya think you might want to tell your head coach about "shutting it down" for the season before you go running your mouth to the media total lack of professionalism on your part this is why fans are on the fence about you this is why your "karma" will never be in the "right" cycle until you start respecting your head coach.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | April 30, 2008 10:52 PM

Question: Has this team ever experienced a sustained period of play where Caron plays this well AND a healthy Arenas plays at his peak form?

I think not. Which presents this organization with a critical question: Do we tie up $100 mil. on a one-dimensional player with a potentially chronic knee condition to the detriment of another budding all-star?

Posted by: CALL OUT! | April 30, 2008 10:54 PM

I don't even like Lebron's game. What's the big deal? Fallaway-one leg 3-pointers or puts his head down and bulls through the lane. No mid-range game at all. Get a pull-up jump shot, play some real D and stop whining then I'll respect him.

Posted by: bryan | April 30, 2008 10:56 PM

I can't believe bron and mike brown have the audacity to stand on the court and argue with the refs after the "king" missed a lay in. There was obviously contact but Lebron initiated it after getting away with his patented extra step. He played great as usual but again - he only has himself to blame for missing the shot. If you want to be the greatest, you can't look to the refs to bail you out. Fact.

Posted by: Ronny Seikaly | April 30, 2008 10:57 PM

Ha ha, what a joke! Nice writing on the court Cavs fans, and way to "rise up".

I have to give a major shout out to the bartenders, staff and fans at the Nats game tonight--everyone coming off a high from the 12-inning win at home sticking around to watch the 4th quarter of the Wizards game. I wish some sort of silly national "sports journalist" had been there to cover it because the energy in there was fanastic!

See you on Friday--I'll be the one with the "CRY BABY" signs in sec. 104.

Posted by: teddy | April 30, 2008 10:59 PM

Almost forgot - How can Cav's fans not hate Lebron when he settles for the three ball in situations like tonight. He gets so much praise for his unselfish play but in reality - he is just trying to prove the analysts and critics that he can shoot the 3. I'm not saying its always a bad shot but when your up by 5, take it to the rack where nobody can stop you. He puts his ego ahead of the team in those situations.

Posted by: Ronny Seikaly | April 30, 2008 11:00 PM

"I CAN'T FEEL MY FACE"
-- DeShawn Stevenson

"I CAN'T FEEL MY MOUTH"
-- LeBron James

"I CAN'T FEEL 'TWAN STEALING MY BOARDS DESPITE HAVING A CAREER YEAR" -- Brendan Haywood

"I CAN'T FEEL MY SHOT"
-- Ben Wallace

"I CAN FEEL A PAY RAISE"
-- Roger Mason

"I CAN FEEL MY VERTICAL"
-- Gilbert Arenas

Posted by: low | April 30, 2008 11:02 PM

I thought they were going to screw us like they screwed Philly and make everyone come back on the court so the Cavs could hit the winning free throws.

Posted by: bryan | April 30, 2008 11:03 PM

When did the traveling rule change from 1 1/2 steps to 7 steps? Lebron should just come on the court carrying a suitcase because this cat loves to travel. P.S. Mike Brown looks like Al Roker's slightly uglier little brother.

Posted by: Lebron Be Walking | April 30, 2008 11:03 PM

Here are the FACTS about Lebron:

1)Freakish physical ability - being that big and that agile.

2)Freakish ability to handle pressure put on him by the NBA universe of fans/media/etc.

3)Above average ability to find open guys when he is double-teamed. Kudos to him for his passing skills. His supporting cast is suspect, though.

4)Average ability driving to the basket - the fact that he is big and strong and protected by refs helps him out, but he's no Tony Parker.

5)Average ability to hit outside shots. He's streaky.

6)Poor post-up game. At 6-8, 260lbs. he should be able to do a much better job developing a back-to-the-basket game. Sam Cassell has a better post-up game than him.

7)Big time chronic cry-baby. Name me one "superstar" in the history of the NBA who moans, pouts and whines as much as this guy.

DO YOU DISPUTE THE FACTS?????


Posted by: CALL OUT!! | April 30, 2008 11:03 PM

If the officials called traveling and hacking whenever committed, it would be non-stop whistles for 48 minutes.

Posted by: Call Walking | April 30, 2008 11:08 PM

Maybe I should do another song dissing Deshawn Stevenson. That last one was so effective!

Posted by: HOV | April 30, 2008 11:10 PM

Call Walking - that is a crappy cop-out. The fact that the refs are too chicken-hearted to call traveling on All-stars doesn't make it excuseable. Traveling DOES get called in the NBA, just not on guys like LeBoohoo. It gets called on the no-names who try to force their way to the basket.

Posted by: CALL OUT!! | April 30, 2008 11:11 PM

Blow the whistle when LeBron takes four steps on the way to the rim.

Posted by: John Brisker | April 30, 2008 11:12 PM

Maybe I should call the refs and tell them that they are making the fix for the Cavs too obvious

Posted by: david stern | April 30, 2008 11:13 PM

Lebron tries to act "classy" while being interviewed by the media - even to the point where I think he is "scripted". I believe he was reading off of something written in his presser the other night. He does this to protect his "image" since he has all those endorsements. But then he goes behind people's back and makes comments about them and even has Jay Z writing songs to make his point since he will not do it himself.

Lebron was asked in his presser after the game tonight if he is still confident the Cavs will win this series. He replied "of course, why wouldn't I be? When I'm on the court we always have a chance to win the game" (or something like that). When Lebron was asked about the scuffle with Songaila, he did not say ANYTHING - just got up and left the podium.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 11:15 PM

Lebron: Mike, I'm a bit backed up. Can you help me out.

Mike Brown: You sure? I don't have my knee pads.

Lebron: Shut up and suck.

Mike Brown: Want me to swallow too?

Posted by: FLOP CITY | April 30, 2008 11:19 PM

"When Lebron was asked about the scuffle with Songaila, he did not say ANYTHING - just got up and left the podium.

Posted by: | April 30, 2008 11:15 PM "

SCUFFLE?!?!

Lebron b#tch slapped himself with DSong's arm!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 11:20 PM

Check out the lastest Sportsbog regarding the game...hilarious....

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/04/tough_juice_gets_tuff.html#more

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 11:27 PM

Did anyone else see Caron talk some smack to LeBron on the final possession?

It was nice retribution for two years ago.

Wiz in 7!

Posted by: Wizard Jamie | April 30, 2008 11:33 PM

"Don't judge this team from comments," he said. "LeBron made a statement saying 'These guys are talkers,' but unless you hear something from the captains--which would be myself and Antawn--don't label that as the team. You know what I'm saying? I'm the voice of this team, 'Twan is the spiritual and emotional leader, and unless you hear it from us, just keep it moving.

So that settles that. Gilbert (understandably) bows out, Caron takes (and makes) the game-winning shot, and then he says he's the voice of the team."

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 11:34 PM

speaking of talk, did anyone see lebron literally saying something to gilbert RIGHT when he was releasing his first free throw towards the end of game four in dc? it was unbelievably blatant, and I thought that was a technical now?

Posted by: zach | April 30, 2008 11:35 PM

Look for CB to have 40 on Friday night. He usually follows big games with more big games. GA did the right thing, he was more of a distraction than an asset at this point. It sure would be nice to have ET available for 10 minutes a game. Can he even be activated now if he gets healthy? The play of AJ worries me. I think giving DMac 5-7 minutes on Lebron might be a good thing and help us get a few more rebounds and blocks. Our # of blocks per game in addition to # of rebounds has been down in this series. I liked the limited use of NY tonight too.

Posted by: oddjob | April 30, 2008 11:37 PM

glad they won, but i'm not feeling good about the next one. they have a really hard time playing two decent games in a row, especially after a close one.

Posted by: stevie | April 30, 2008 11:49 PM

What a win! I can't wait for Friday, I just ponied up a 100 bucks to sit in section 105, we need to make the cavs cry and send their asses back to cleveland for game 7. EVERYONE BRING 'LECRYBABY' signs and heckle this bum.


Also to all the clowns saying the wizards are playing better without arenas, of course they are the GUY IS HURT. Anyone that thinks the Wizards will be BETTER WITHOU a HEALTHY Gilbert is an idiot. I think if we can re sign these guys and theyre all healthy we can contend for the east next year.

Let's go Wiz, shut lebron up!!!!

Posted by: Arun | April 30, 2008 11:56 PM

lebron whines more than any other player in the league. and that to me is pretty funny considering he also gets more whistles and cheap calls than any player in the league. i went into this series hating lebron, and now i hate the entire cleveland roster and deshawn stevenson as well. shut up and play basketball

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 11:58 PM

@ Dargreg,

Oh, lord. Glad we won. One victory does not a good coach make, but there is no reason to harp on it tonight. If D'Antoni and Avery are gone or on the hot seat, then EJ sure as hell should be if we lose this series. We have not won anything yet, but one more win will make this series REALLY interesting. DS hitting the winning shot in Cleveland in game 7 would be beyond description! LMAO..I can dream!

One of the biggest reasons we won was bc we did not have to deal with the gimp wrecking havoc on rotations, defense etc....

AJ just does not match up well with the Cavs. He needs to start on perimeter and hit his floaters. We're better when his scoring comes closer to the basket and his outside shot has disappeared lately anyway!

Posted by: Rob P | May 1, 2008 12:05 AM

It's good to know that EJ finally made some smart moves at the end of the game.

1) Give it to Caron - NOT Gil, NOT Nick Young or anyone else. Caron is the man. He's the best player and he should be demanding the ball with the game on the line.

2) Hack-A-Ben. This should've been done about 4 games ago. Did anyone see Ben Wallace re-enter the game after he missed two free throws? I don't think so. Did anyone notice that the Zards actually grabbed some important rebounds at the end of the game?

You gotta go to Hack-A-Ben even earlier. Get him out of the game early. This strategy works and it would be dumb if EJ doesn't go to it early in Game 6. Popovich used the strategy very effectively to knock out the Suns in 5 games.

Posted by: disremembered | May 1, 2008 12:09 AM

The series is effectively over.

Posted by: kalorama | April 27, 2008 8:13 PM

Still think so?

Posted by: Barno | April 30, 2008 10:29 PM

Yeah, right. Bush move. Next time try quoting the whole thing:

"The series is effectively over. There's almost no chance of the Wizards beating the Cavs three games in a row."

Posted by: kalorama | April 27, 2008 8:13 PM

Have the Wizards beaten the Cavs thee games in a row yet? Didn't think so.

Posted by: kalorama | May 1, 2008 12:21 AM

EDIT:

Have the Wizards beaten the Cavs three games in a row yet? Didn't think so.

Posted by: kalorama | May 1, 2008 12:25 AM

I used to have a healthy respect for LeBron James.... before this series started, I thought he was the 2nd best player in the game behind Kobe. - - - and a good "face" for the League.

I was able to overlook the constant non-calls on his travelling. The fact that he seems to never get called for a foul on defense. He is never whistled for charging. After all, he's a Superstar, and those players deserve to get those calls.... right?

Now?

I think they guy's a poser. Says one thing in front of the camera, does something else behind closed doors. The acting especially galls me. He and Mike Brown have trumped up this whole thing in the media that the Wizards are trying to "hurt" LeBaby... and the Referees are buying into it.!! Wizards being called "Thugs" in the media... Dirty players. When, in reality, it's only Playoff basketball...

LeBron will find out that he won't get those same calls against Boston...... I think that the Wizards will lose in 7 games to the Cavaliers... Not because they're a better team... but because the Wizards have to play against both the Cavaliers AND the Referees...

The Cavs will go on to play Boston. Pierce and KG will flat out laugh at LeBaby if he tries any of the crap he's done in this series!! And believe me, the Celtics KNOW how to play Playoff basketball - with hard fouls... no layups.... earn it at the stripe!

Posted by: Rook | May 1, 2008 12:26 AM

I am always amazed by the Cleveland trolls that come in here talking trash. Let's do a quick comparison: Washington, D.C. is the nation's capital; Cleveland is referred to as the "Mistake by the Lake", a city that was the first to default on its loans since the Great Depression, and at one point so riddled with industrial waste issues that the Cuyahoga River literally caught on fire. The Washington Redskins won an incredible 3 Super Bowls under coach Joe Gibbs; the Cleveland Browns have never won a Super Bowl and are haunted by the memories of some of the greatest collapses in NFL history (so great, in fact, that they are commonly referenced by a single word, as in "The Drive" or "The Fumble", both of which came at the hands of the Denver Broncos). The Washington Wizards won the NBA championship in 1978, and have won 7 division titles and 4 conference titles; the Cleveland Cavaliers have won no championships and only 1 conference title (last year). WIth Ernie Grunfeld, the Wizards have a savvy GM who can make smart trades and key acquisitions; LeBron James fell into Cleveland's lap in 2003 and will bolt to New York in 2010, bringing the franchise back to square one. Cleveland's fans are notorious for lacking class, with the infamous "10 Cent Beer Night" topping the list. The Browns-Jaguars game in 2001 where the game was called was another fantastic showing by the Cleveland fans.

I hope this puts the ridiculous trash talking by Cavaliers fans into perspective.

Also, for those that also worship at the altar of Jay-Z, this video will be life-altering:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bED9wMqQ1i8

Posted by: MD to DC | May 1, 2008 12:30 AM

Just watched the Wizards highlights on NBA fastbreak and I have to laugh. The announcer says "Oh Butler probably traveled there." And of course the announcer conveniently ignored the fact that LeBron DID travel on his miss at the end.
I will give the announcer credit for saying that LeBron took 6 steps in the Game 5 two years ago. Even still the willingness to ignore what LeBron gets away with is staggering.
I wonder if any of the Cavs fans that love to run their traps in here will have the gall to complain about Butler's alleged traveling at the end of the game.

Posted by: George Templeton | May 1, 2008 1:03 AM

While several of you slurp around with DCFag88, remember
- he cheered, repeat, cheered, when a Wizards player was injured;
- his "THEY DID IT FOR THE GYPPPPERRRR!!!!" trash aside, [and note the spelling] his usual reference to the owner is "Dishonest Abe."
DCFag, having you around here makes a good night start to feel bad. Please go away.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 1:25 AM

Enjoy the win, hypocrites. Looked like Butler traveled on that last shot, no?
Thank goodness Mike Brown gave you guys the win with his horrible offensive sets the last 3 minutes.

I wish you all watched the Cavs all season so you would realize how ridiculous your claims of the "special treatment" you seem to think LeBron gets really is. If anything, he gets less calls then he should due to his size. In Philly, the ref under the basket whistled for a foul the second the play happened. Check the tape. Their is no "fix", Mulder. (As for the travels you claim LeBron and Z commit constantly, its easy to point out the couple that exist and don't get called. Watch video of MJ, Kobe, or especially Patrick Ewing, and shut the hell up about it. Every player in the NBA has had leeway to get away with steps every once in a while. Must have been at least 3 on Butler tonight, and a big one on AD's steal in the first half.)

Can't wait for the Cavs to win on Friday. This is the way the team has played all season. Blow its chances at an easy victory and think it can just throw its jock out there and win. Then regroup when it matters. (Although, if the Wizards win Friday, the Cavs season will be over regardless of whether or not the win the series.)

Have fun flaming me,

Chris C.

P.S. What makes anyone think the Celtics know how to play "Playoff Basketball". I must be forgetting about all those finals K.G, Allen and Pierce played in.

Posted by: Chris C. (huge Cavaliers fan) | May 1, 2008 2:13 AM

MD to DC, keep ripping the city of Cleveland. It really shows how classy you are. If you want to go there, wasn't DC formerly known as "The Murder Capital of the USA"? Just quit that. Besides that, your sports takes make no sense. What has Grunfeld done besides construct a team that loses to the Cavs in the first round every year?

I'm done posting, but I will still be reading the blog. It's nice to read one that actually gets real-time updates.

Posted by: Chris C. | May 1, 2008 2:19 AM

How is reporting the facts not classy? My point is that you Cleveland fans are getting all condescending about the Wizards, but as a sports town you have absolutely nothing to substantiate your bold claims. You have accomplished nothing. Where does this cockiness come from? Until you do, leave your insults and flame baiting to your own newspapers' websites (it takes a special brand of tool to troll their opponent's newspaper blog, do you guys not have Cavaliers sites to go to?).

The Wizards will continue to adapt in the future, while the Cavs will be totally screwed when LeBron bolts after his contract runs out, in case you needed justification.

Posted by: MD to DC | May 1, 2008 2:33 AM

Given the nature of the attacks on Washington and DC area fans from Cleveland fans, I felt a reiteration of the facts was in order. Outdated homicide statistics do nothing to obscure the fact that the DC metro area has been far more successful in every facet than Cleveland. In fact, its quite ironic that LeBron's statement applies quite readily to the Cleveland fans posting on this blog: until your city actually accomplishes something other than getting destroyed in the finals last year, you have nothing to hold over Washington fans. You are Soulja Boy. You come to this site and post obnoxious, directed comments at DC fans while your city has 0 championships and an embarrassing sports history. If you start a dynasty, you'll have earned the right to make bold claims. As it stands, however, you open yourself up to criticism if you make absurd posts.

Do you honestly think you can win a debate about DC vs Cleveland?

Posted by: MD to DC | May 1, 2008 2:56 AM

"While several of you slurp around with DCFag88, remember
- he cheered, repeat, cheered, when a Wizards player was injured;
- his "THEY DID IT FOR THE GYPPPPERRRR!!!!" trash aside, [and note the spelling] his usual reference to the owner is "Dishonest Abe."
DCFag, having you around here makes a good night start to feel bad. Please go away.

Posted by: | May 1, 2008 1:25 AM "

LMAO!

There's just way too much negativity on this blog.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 1, 2008 8:33 AM

"Just watched the Wizards highlights on NBA fastbreak and I have to laugh. The announcer says "Oh Butler probably traveled there." And of course the announcer conveniently ignored the fact that LeBron DID travel on his miss at the end.
I will give the announcer credit for saying that LeBron took 6 steps in the Game 5 two years ago. Even still the willingness to ignore what LeBron gets away with is staggering.
I wonder if any of the Cavs fans that love to run their traps in here will have the gall to complain about Butler's alleged traveling at the end of the game.

Posted by: George Templeton | May 1, 2008 1:03 AM "

Reggie Miller noted a few times on TNT whenever Lebron traveled, but wasn't called.

It's incredible how quickly Lebron gets to the basket when driving. Like 2-3 steps from inside the 3 point line, and he's at the basket.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 1, 2008 8:34 AM

Abe should seriously considering passing out study break tickets at UMd-College Park to Friday's game. They could seriously get rowdy and liven up the VC crowd.

Drawback would be that Chinatown would burn down if Les BouleS lose.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 10:16 PM

Can't believe I'm saying this but that comment was hilarious...LOL!

Posted by: Wizzz | May 1, 2008 9:28 AM

CLEVELAND SUCKS - LeTravel/LeBaby/LeAcrobat-LePunk - They want to hurt LeBron (third person)

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 10:09 AM

"Abe should seriously considering passing out study break tickets at UMd-College Park to Friday's game. They could seriously get rowdy and liven up the VC crowd.

Drawback would be that Chinatown would burn down if Les BouleS lose.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 30, 2008 10:16 PM

Can't believe I'm saying this but that comment was hilarious...LOL! "

I would love it, when the refs call a phantom foul, and in the spirit of the Terps fans, the VC fans should start chanting "Bulllsh#t, bulllsh#t, etc..."

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 1, 2008 11:14 AM

Lebron is truly turning into a douchebag.

Nice quote here "It's not like it is over, we're up 3-2," James said. "As long as I am on the court, we have a great chance to win."

What a tool.

Posted by: RichinFrederick | May 1, 2008 11:49 AM

It does sound a bit arrogant but its true. The Cavs wont win without him. At least they did not during the season. That also speaks to the "overrated" blast. He can beat the Wizards 3 by himself with role players.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 8:18 PM

The Wizards are much better without Arenas, for a simple reason. They play defense. They pass the ball. Even at his best, Arenas could never do either. But his best is way behind him. He'll never fully come back from this knee injury. The Wizards should have traded him when they had the chance. Remember when there was talk of him for Kobe Bryant? Or for half the Chicago starters? You'll never hear that again.

The best he can ever be for the Wizards--if they're dump enough to resign him--is a 6th man.

Posted by: KTV | May 1, 2008 8:35 PM

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