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56-48 Cavs at the half

Cleveland is moving the ball well and knocking down shots and that the Cavs were able to use a 15-0 second quarter run to take this lead. The key is Daniel Gibson, who has 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting. The Cavs are shooting 53.5 percent. If the Wizards don't start getting some hands in faces, this one is over.

To the delight of the sold-out crowd here the VC, LeBron James was hit with a technical by Steve Javie just before halftime.

By Ivan Carter  |  May 2, 2008; 8:08 PM ET
 
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Its about time a ref grew a pair and stood up to Lebrons incessant complaining and T-ed him up...He is the biggest faker and complainer in the NBA

Posted by: bryan | May 2, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

DeMj, I agree. Blatche was playing well, and I think he should've gotten some more run. Mason, though, is missing his jumpers, and if he's not shooting well, he's a huge liability. But I think AB could be playing more. I think the team needs to go to a bigger lineup. Sit DeShawn eight minutes into the third quarter, put in AB, and play with a lineup of AD, CB, AJ, AB and Haywood. And get some offensive rebounds out of that lineup.

And good on Javie for T-ing up LeTravel. Well deserver. About time something works out for the Wizards.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I've never liked LeTravel, but my distaste for him grows more and more with each passing game in this series. He's not worth the air time.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

About time. Isn't he automatically ejected if he whines again abd gets T'd up? Never happen of course.

Posted by: mk | May 2, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The opening minute in the second half was pathetic.

Posted by: Larry | May 2, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Here it goes. More jump shots. What a terrible team. What was AD thinking. He drives baseline and has a reverse lay up, but he throws it out to DeShawn for a 3-pointer that he misses. And notice how the Cavs are sagging like the crazy because they know AD can't hit the outside jumper. And THAT'S the reason why Gil is still valuable to this team.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

EJ is one of the most uninspiring speakers I've ever heard. He doesn't exactly light a fire under anyone.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

What is AJ doing? Why is taking all these jumpers? He's shooting this team out of the game now.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Is that DeShawn flopping?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Doris Burke said LeTravel acts with professionalism. She's lost all credibility.

And what the hell is Haywood doing. He had DeShawn on that cut, but he held onto the ball.

So I guess the Wizards are going to set a mark for absolute offensive futility in an elimination game. This is one of the saddest performances I've seen.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice to watch the Wizards quit after the first period tonight. I can't stand this team.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Good block LeBron on DeShawn, I am sure he cant feel his face now.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Mason is a liability tonight. He can't hit a jumper, and that's hurting this team. If he's not shooting well, he shouldn't be playing. The Wizards need to put CB and AJ on the blocks because DeShawn isn't shooting well, AD can't shoot and Mason is missing everything. No reason to replace AD with Mason if Roger ain't hitting anything.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

How many more open jumpers can Mason miss? Ugh.

Posted by: alec | May 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anon, can you tell me where LeTravel buys his tampons? I think he needs another one tonight.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT it BOOOOOOOOOOBIE SHOOOOOOT it

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Hate to break sound like a party pooper and God I hope I am wrong because I love eating hot spicy crows. But at this moment, the Cavs want it more and the Wizards....... I think someone on this board mentioned earlier that the Wiz will lose because of coaching.. I agree. All we do is jack up shots even though we're behind WTF?

Posted by: DeMj | May 2, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Wizards should be embarrassed. This is a travesty of an effort in a Game 6 must-win game. A travesty.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

A lot of it is coaching. This team is settling for jumpers and not moving the ball. They stand around too much, and it's killing them. They're a tough team to watch, and they've demonstrated no intensity since the first quarter. The fans at the game should all get their money back because no one should have to pay to see this kind of effort.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT it BOOOOOOOOOOBIE SHOOOOOOT it

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Triple double already...."overrated"

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

There goes AJ again, shooting this team out of possessions, rather than working the ball around or getting the ball on the block.

EJ ticks me off because he simply won't hold these guys accountable. If I were coaching, I would've sat AJ down after that shot he just took, told him to smarten up and then put him back in.

Wizards were down 15 points in Game 4, too, just like tonight. There goes Mason, missing again. Put AD in. No need to play Roger if he can't hit a jumper.

Now CB gets a T. This team has officially fallen apart. They're a waste of everyone's time. I won't order the NBA League Pass again next year because Washington isn't worth the time or money.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

eddie jordan=joke

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Sweet dreams, Jizz fans! Time to focus on Les Expos!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

EJ is an idiot. Mason doesn't shoot well all game but he gets all kinds of run. In Game Game 4, he's shooting well, but he can't find the floor.

I know NY is a liability defensively, but maybe he'd hit a couple of a shots offensively. This team scored 31 points in the first quarter, and they've scored 33 in the two quarters since. Time to try something else. EJ has done a bad job. AJ has shot this team out of this game. CB can't even get his hands on the ball.

So many failures. This team is a friggin' waste.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.....wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaahhhhhhh. Cry babies

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sweet dreams, Jizz fans! Time to focus on Les Expos!

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 8:50 PM

I don't normally wish injury on people, but comments like this make me hope LeTravel gets hurt (or forgets to put in his tampon) either in this game or in the next series. This anonymous poster is an idiot.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Cry-fest will continue into round two. The NBA is so lucky!

Posted by: Larry | May 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Damn right, no need to play roger and am still wondering why they don't play Nick Young? He might be hot for tonight game or any other backup, isn't that's why they're on the team? The Spurs play good every year because their coach play just about everyone - it's a team game. Anyhow, let's talk next year. EJ is gone as a coach. AJ, do not resign him. Arena, keep him for the right price (he's no max player). Butler is good but not great. DeShaw (No comment)... Haywood rock, man! He just need a great player or two to blossom.

Posted by: DeMj | May 2, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

They're still taking jump shots. I'm done with this idiotic team with an idiotic coach and idiotic players. I suggest you all turn this game off, too, because the Wizards are so friggin' awful and underachieving.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Someone let me know when this team actually plays to the level of its talent and stops losing to teams that shouldn't beat it because I'm sick of being excited about a team that can't get out of the first round despite its talent.

Maybe losing this game is a good thing because it means the Wizards can go after Avery Johnson and dump EJ, who's been terrible in this series.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes you are underachieving. Or in other words "overrated"

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm so disappointed in this team right now. I feel like I've wasted hours of my life this year worrying about how this team does. I'm moving on and focusing more of my attention on the Capitals, a team that actually seems to care about whether it wins or loses with a coach who seems to have a damned clue about how to coach a professional sport.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes you are underachieving. Or in other words "overrated"

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 8:59 PM

And you're a fool? What's your point?

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

IIIIIIIIIIIII CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL MYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
FFFFFFFFFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCEEEEEE

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

If the Wiz are overrated and it still took the Cavs six games to beat them, it doesn't bode well for Cleveland the rest of the way.

Posted by: Larry | May 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Sweet dreams, Jizz fans! Time to focus on Les Expos!

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 8:50 PM

I don't normally wish injury on people, but comments like this make me hope LeTravel gets hurt (or forgets to put in his tampon) either in this game or in the next series. This anonymous poster is an idiot.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 8:52 PM

I'm so disappointed in this team right now. I feel like I've wasted hours of my life this year worrying about how this team does. I'm moving on and focusing more of my attention on the Capitals, a team that actually seems to care about whether it wins or loses with a coach who seems to have a damned clue about how to coach a professional sport.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:01 PM

Yeah, I'm an idiot. Jackass. Viva Les Expos!

Posted by: Colin's Mom | May 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

My point is you talk to damn much....suckers, bye.......again

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I never thought the Wizards stood a chance in Games 2, 3, 4 or 5 in this series. I thought they'd take Game 1. And I thought they'd win tonight because of how they come together in Game 5. But here we are. Down 20 in the fourth quarter. It's a little unbelievable that this team would play with such little emotion.

Oh, and here's Mason, still getting run despite his awful shooting.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

IIIIIIIIIIIII CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL MYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
FFFFFFFFFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCEEEEEE

That's what LeBron must have said when Darius smacked him in the face.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm an idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:01 PM

Glad you could admit it. And how clever was your handle? You're pretty much a loser who has to come on another team's board to post comments.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

17 pt deficit with 8 mins left, it's gonna be hard.......very disappointing game, but i still have hope

Posted by: margie | May 2, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Am gonna watch this game until it's over. Now in the off season and boy I hate to mention this as I've been saying this for years. We cannot ever win a championship with Abe Pollin as our owner. He had his time, we need a owner that isn't afraid to spend $$ on free agency. Pollin had his time and he can still root for the Wiz on TV :)

This game now is making me sick. We've been kicked out of the playoff by the same team for 3 years now.

Posted by: DeMj | May 2, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I love the confidence Cavs fans have. They'll lose in five in the next round, which means they will have won the same amount of NBA titles this year as the Wizards: Zero.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT it WWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAALLLY.........SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT IT

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

That three by that loser Wally just sealed this thing. Wizards had a chance to make a little dent, but Butler's awful pass and turnover (he turns the ball over WAY too much) just ended this thing for real.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the Wizards cover the three point shot? Big shot by Wally World off the bad turnover by Caron.

Posted by: Buck Worthy | May 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Dont worry about the next round Biyatch, you wont be there

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Another great shot from AJ.

This Wizards team loses by 20 points or more more than any other team in this league. And that's embarrassing.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Yea Colin. I wish I had that confidence coming into this series to begin with. One more thing I want to add as I mentioned earlier about over playing starters. Do you notice every year when we enter the playoff, one or two of our players are not 100%? As much as they're playing now, they play this much during the regular season.

Posted by: DeMj | May 2, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

At least we won't have to hear "Dagger" by Buckhantz tonight. The game would have been different if they didn't go off on their 15-0 run. It's a shame the big three haven't been healthy going into the playoffs the past two seasons, but saying that I think it's time for Eddie and some of the roster to go.

Posted by: Larry | May 2, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Dont worry about the next round Biyatch, you wont be there

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 9:09 PM

You're right. And you know why? Because I don't play for the team. Good call from you, guy.

But don't worry, your team will barely be there. Cavs titles in the last three years: zero. Wizards titles in the last three years: zero. And in the end, that's all that people will remember.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT it BOOOOOOOOOOBIE SHOOOOOOT it

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

As bad as the Wiz have played tonight, what irks me more is that they're whining about calls way, way too much. Just shut up and play.

I've never hated a basketball player as much as I have LBJ, in large part for the same reason.

Posted by: Jase Songaila | May 2, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I will remember us kicking your azz three years in a row......scoreboard

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

It's definitely time for EJ to go. And it all started in the offseason when Thibedoux (sp.?) was hired and then left because he wasn't comfortable here. Then notice what he did with Boston? That's what this team is missing, and it's evident as all hell in this game tonight. When that didn't work out, EJ should've been put on notice. After this game, he needs to be let go.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Jamison should look at signing with the Cavs next year. If you cant beat them, join them

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I will remember us kicking your azz three years in a row......scoreboard

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 9:14 PM

Well, I'll tell you what. You can come back and say something when the Cavs win the NBA title.

But will you also remember being a huge loser and posting on a Wizards board? If not, I'll be happy to remind you.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Who would want to join the Cavs and support LeTravel. I think his teammates are only there to go on tampon runs for him.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

No, Colin. You're wrong. EJ isn't the problem. He has done a lot with a little in the past few years, considering injuries. Washington's problem is that they don't have anyone who can or will take over a game. A go-to guy. Butler has proven that he isn't that guy. Jamison proved long ago that he was a second-fiddle at best. Imagine Washington if they had a dominating post player, or a scoring menace.

And Cavs fans sure are proving their arrogance and lack of humility on this board. How unfortunate.

Posted by: Jase Songaila | May 2, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who wants to win would join them, if you want to lose stay with Washington

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Can't keep trading baskets with Cleveland. This team just can't get a stop when it needs one. And as well as he played in game 5 Butler has generally been bad in game 6. Only the heroic Jamison and Haywood played well tonight.

Posted by: Buck Worthy | May 2, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Your momma is a loser Biyatch

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

EJ is a HUGE problem, and he has been for years. He doesn't hold players accountable. He can't control Gil. His rotations are awful. He's made no attempt to fix this defense. And quite frankly, with this team, most anyone could coach the players to a .500 record and lose in the first round, so in my mind, it's time to try someone else. We've seen what EJ can do, and it's not much.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

unbelievable...people refuse to get on the floor or even play defense.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who wants to win would join them, if you want to lose stay with Washington

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 9:17 PM

What have the Cavs won again?

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

At least the first round for the past 3 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Another 20+ point loss. Another mark of an EJ coached team. What it shows is that he and his team are so reliant on outside jumpers that when they start missing, they lose badly. And this whole team is streaky together. If a couple are making shots, they're all making shots. But if a couple start missing, no one can make a shot. If a team loses focus as much as the Wizards, I think that starts at the head coaching position.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a season recap show in the fourth quarter. Hope he puts the kids in and Nick lights it up.

Posted by: Larry | May 2, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

At least the first round for the past 3 years.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 9:22 PM

Ohhhhhh. That' special. I bet you win an awesome trophy for that.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

No one can really reach Arenas. As much as I love the Wiz, Agent Zero has proven that he is out for himself, his stature and numbers. I wouldn't be too upset if we did a sign-and-trade to get a young point guard and Davis West-like post player. EJ deserves a full season without injuries, and his rotations aren't going to be impressive considering how thin their bench is.

Posted by: Jase Songaila | May 2, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Whats happening to the "White Out" everything is turning blue?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

How do you lose a game by 20+ points at home in a must-win situation? I don't get it.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

In the depths of the VC, they're setting up a cooking station so LeBron can make pancakes for the Jizz after the game, just like Prince did for Charlie Murphy.

Posted by: Commisioner Stern | May 2, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

EJ is a better coach than Mike Brown. That isn't a knock on the Cavs organization, but it has a lot to do with the personel that the Cavs had. EJ would look more appealing to you if he had some more aggressive, more dominant players. There is a reason EJ is the third-longest tenured active coach in the L.

Posted by: Jase Songaila | May 2, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

EJ's had a full season. Two years ago. The team went .500 and lost in the first round. But regardless of who's playing, this team make the same mistakes, EJ makes the same awful rotations, this team won't play defense. It's all the same problems. Nothing changes. So it's time for someone else. You could hire the dude playing the sax outside the Chinatown metro stop, and he could coach this team to .500. Time for someone else. And if they can get Avery Johnson, they should jump at the chance.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Way to stay classy, Cavs fans. Hope that bandwagon ride is smooth for you.

Posted by: Jase Songaila | May 2, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Jase, Someone has to go and that will be Eddie. He had years to get this team into the next level (3rd round). If you're players are hurt year after year during the playoff, then you're doing something wrong. How it it that most team's players are always healthy for the playoff? Don't over play them during the season. Eddie have players to play he just dont trust them. Don't tell me that Nick Young can't score at least 10 points a game during the playoff. Am I the only one who think this way?

Posted by: DeMj | May 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

EJ is a better coach than Mike Brown. That isn't a knock on the Cavs organization, but it has a lot to do with the personel that the Cavs had. EJ would look more appealing to you if he had some more aggressive, more dominant players. There is a reason EJ is the third-longest tenured active coach in the L.

Posted by: Jase Songaila | May 2, 2008 9:26 PM

He really wouldn't. The Cavs don't have better personnel outside of LeTravel. They just don't. EJ doesn't use his bench. But all the problems that have plagued an injury-riddled team have plagued a healthy team. It's year after year after year. Sure, the players play a part, but I think they need a coach who will hold them accountable for their stupidity and ridiculous play.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I CAN'T FEEL MY FACE!

Posted by: DeClown Stevenson | May 2, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Colin, go to your room and go to bed.

It's all over.

Posted by: Colin's Dad | May 2, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I just wasted 20 minutes reading your immature lame ass posts. You have been talking to yourself on this board for hours. Shut up. Lebron fuxt us up this series (again) so let's just pick up the pieces in the offseason.
1. fire EJ
2. Explore sign and trade for Gil if he won't sign for a reasonable price.
3. Resign AJ at a vet minimum salary
4. DEVELOP OUR YOUNG GUYS (niiiick young espec.)

Posted by: COLIN IS GAY | May 2, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

THE WIZ LOSES 11 OF LAST 12 PLAYOFF SERIES.....YOU SUCK

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The team was just not prepared for this series. Or wasn't ready.

However you want ot characterize it.

To lose this badly to an inferior team is depressing. Granted, James is a difference maker when things are relatively even; but these teams aren't even, at least on paper.

Some real deep soul searching for this franchise this offseason.

Start over from scratch? Or try and see if something can be salvaged?

I sure won't miss Stevenson.


Posted by: Steve | May 2, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Cooking station all set up. Everything set. LeBron will be making pancakes in no time! Sweet dreams, Jizz!

Posted by: Commisioner Stern | May 2, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

YEAH COLIN,

GO TO BED YOU PUNK BIYATCH.....WAIT FOR THE REDSKINS TO PLAY.....THE COWBOYS WILL SLAP THEM THOUGH

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards will win it all. We need to dump EJ. We are talented, but we aren't a good team. TEAM. we employ no strategy, we are running wild and the good teams make us look like high school ball

Posted by: Emmet | May 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

THE WIZ ARE OVERRATED MAN, PUT THAT ON THE PAPER.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, it didn't take long for the "Fire Jordan" chants to start up in here. I feel bad for Rob P. With Songaila not playing he won't get a chance to use his scripted "smallball" rant. I hear the latest version even has a musical number.

"The Cavs don't have better personnel outside of LeTravel. They just don't."

Yeah, they do. Not greatly better in terms of sheer talent, but better in terms of filling their roles and serving as a complement to their star player.

Is Blatche a more talented player than Varejao or Joe Smith? Sure. But talent only counts if you use it effectively. Those guys more consistently use their lesser talent to better effect than Blatche uses his greater talent. The Cavs are a better team than the Wizards. Is most of that due to the presence of Lebron? Of course. Does that make a difference? No. It is what it is.

Posted by: kalorama | May 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I just wasted 20 minutes reading your immature lame ass posts. You have been talking to yourself on this board for hours. Shut up. Lebron fuxt us up this series (again) so let's just pick up the pieces in the offseason.
1. fire EJ
2. Explore sign and trade for Gil if he won't sign for a reasonable price.
3. Resign AJ at a vet minimum salary
4. DEVELOP OUR YOUNG GUYS (niiiick young espec.)

Posted by: COLIN IS GAY | May 2, 2008 9:31 PM

Dude, what's your issue? You didn't have to read anything. Get over it, man. Who cares if I'm posting. Guess what? I'm allowed to do that. And you name, how clever? You're a bigger waste than the Cavs trolls. Get over yourself. No need for that kind of stuff.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

If we resign AJ, I hope he will accept a backup role. We need a big man inside ( a guy like Boozer). Now who will be free agent this summer?

Posted by: DeMj | May 2, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The Cavs are a better team than the Wizards

Yeah, but 20 points better in a key game like this?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Kal, a great deal of that is because their roles have been defined better and because they actually get playing time. Blatche could be just as effective as Joe Smith or Varejao if he got the same kind of run, for example. The Cavs are an entirely beatable team, and the Wizards could have taken them out. It's about preparation, in large part, and accountability.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I didn't just start the fire EJ chants. I've been calling for that change for a couple of years.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Two good games by Caron this series, two wins. Four poor games by Caron, four losses.

Thanks to EJ for helping to change the culture of this franchise, and for helping make the Wizards a playoff mainstay.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Tonight proved that, as tough as he may be, Caron just isn't the go to guy we need in a must-win game like this. Sorry, but you can't blame his "deferring to Gilbert" for his lack of production tonight. I don't think that we need to blow up this team - but let's stop all the BS talk about how we are better off without GA...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

If this were a regular season game, I would've shrugged my shoulders and said, oh well, they hit their shots. But in a game like this, that's just not acceptable. Mason could've neutralized Gibson, but Roger kept missing. The Wizards left Wally all alone tonight. I can understand that early on, but after he hit those three 3-pointers in the first quarter, they should've cramped him a little more. Same with Gibson.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

We wasted all that jet fuel going to DC. We should have taken care of business at home.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that Eddie Jordan is about as good a coach as this franchise can get.

I'll go along with replacing him if someone can give me a viable alternative.

I know, I know, you don't fire the players, you fire the coaches.

But ya' gotta replace them with someone.

Posted by: Steve | May 2, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Cramp Wally and Gibson then LeBron has his way on the inside, pick your poison

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"Blatche could be just as effective as Joe Smith or Varejao if he got the same kind of run, for example. "

Sorry, but the kind of effectiveness I'm talking about has nothing to do with stats and thus isn't automatically improved by OT.

He's too inconsistent and too often loses focus. He settles for splay-footed long jumpshots when he's being guarded by big men who have no chance to cover him off the dribble. He runs the ball into traffic on the break, plowing over defenders who have all day to take position rather than giving the ball up to a guard, letting them run the break, and filling space on the wing. And so on and so on. He has tons of physical talent and potential. But he's simply not that good an actual basketball player now.He tries to do more than he's capable of rather than focusing on the things he can do to best help the team win. That's what I mean by effectiveness. Blatche doesn't have it.

Posted by: kalorama | May 2, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to EJ for helping to change the culture of this franchise, and for helping make the Wizards a playoff mainstay.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 9:43 PM

I'm happy as the next person that the Wizards are playoff mainstays, but that's simply not enough anymore. They have to start winning. That might mean finding a new coach. But something has to change.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

EDIT

That should read:

Sorry, but the kind of effectiveness I'm talking about has nothing to do with stats and thus isn't automatically improved by PT.

Posted by: kalorama | May 2, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

According to Gilbert Arenas's blog he was quoted as saying "we want the Cavaliers, everyone wants them". Appearantly he was out of his fu....ing mind. News at 11

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

stupid comments about LBJ..you have no one with the intensity and skill as him...you guys all whine and you get sent home every year by the Cavs so the stupidity gets worse. The beat writers are worse than the most intense fan - just playing to the crowd..
Refs didnt beat the Wiz -the Cavs did - they were better and found the next step with intensity. The Wiz came up empty and the fans are left making fun of a great player.

Go get 'em boneheads....underrated! right? crybaby! right?? some fat slob with a crybaby shirt on on national TV - awesome..

where were all the lip flapping wizards tonight???tellme please..they were choking again on the pressure of a big game...

moving on......respond with more stupidity...please its entertaining!!

Posted by: DC in C town | May 2, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

It's how they lost as much as the fact they lost.

Couple of games there where they didn't show up. Or couldn't adjust. Or whatever.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I think AB does have that potential. And he can be that effective. He proved it on numerous occasions this year. Part of the reason why he doesn't always look effective is because he's unclear on what his role should be. He needs to be put in better positions on the floor. But he could rebound just as well on the offensive side of the ball. And his scoring could easily cancel out Joe Smith's and Varejao's combined. AB has proven that with more time, he plays better. That means he needs to focus more when he's not getting the run. But he could've done more.

Posted by: Colin | May 2, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

gotcha again. maybe next year, and um...blow the whistle

Posted by: Blow the whistle | May 2, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

According to Gilbert Arenas's blog he was quoted as saying "we want the Cavaliers, everyone wants them". Appearantly he was out of his fu....ing mind. News at 11

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree that firing EJ is not the answer. I think that EJ has proved his worth this season. Not only did he manage to coach the guys to a reasonably good record, despite all the injuries, but he also seems to have gotten over some of his hard-headedness and favoritism. Lost in the all the hype over the Deshawn-Lebron feud were EJ's comments about BTH. He conceded that BTH had been right all along in his assertion that all he needed was consistent playing time and he would deliver. I wouldn't have expected that kind of statement from EJ in the past...

Posted by: PK1 | May 2, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

"I think AB does have that potential."

I agree that he has the potential. In fact, I said so. My point is, he's not doing it. He's not effectively filling his role. The Cavs role players are. That's one of the reasons why they're the better team. Potential doesn't mean anything unless it's fulfilled.

Posted by: kalorama | May 2, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

F****K ME!!!!!! another 6 months for naught! and win or lose, a season without Gil is a season without joy. Get rid of Oily and Young (guys please hes dreadful) and sign Jamison cheap or let him go. he is a joy to watch on offense but a laugher on D and thats half the game. we dont need a guy to take over, we need a guy to guard their guy that takes over.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

NBA is a rigged league. Plain and simple. No point watching the games. Just pick your fantasy team based on the stars.

Having said that, I think Eddie Jordan needs to go. Just seems like he can't take the Wizs over the hump. It's like Avery Johnson said "no animosity. Just something that had to happen."

Posted by: Bart | May 2, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

11 assists! All this talk about a GO TO GUY, how about someone to pass it to him?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Thugs and puunks that quit in the second quarter- heads down they gave up. No will in this team. They knew the only chance was to try and intimidate a 23 year old and they could not. I hate to say it but the kid showed more class then us.

Posted by: Tony | May 2, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Anon 9:57 - In case you forgot GA averaged 6 assists last year, plus he was the go to guy...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Even as a Wiz fan, I don't think there is any logic to say they lost to on "inferior team". That's ridiculous.....they got blown out in 2 games.....outclassed at the end in game 1.....and lucky in game 5. Let's all get real....

Posted by: Jim | May 2, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Tony,
Your done son - You aint got no credit.

Cav's Fans - Props - Lebron played a hell of series. One thing though - drop the wizards are thugs and dirty tirade for a week. Just tune into the Boston - Cleveland series - and you will see the fouls will be no different. Wiz talked way too much and didnt back it up - go to town on the fans and team for that but there is no merit in the "they are trying to hurt lebron" argument.

One last point, If Wally's world isnt completely inept - this series is a lot different. That dude lays more bricks than any other player on the court this series.

Posted by: Ronny Seikaly | May 2, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Everything set up fine. LeBron is making pan cakes for everyone! Gilbert Arenas looks FIERCE in his "white out" suit. He's currently having a conversation, about himself, with a plant in the corner. DeClown has been talking to several young girls. Brenda has been doing "crybaby" impressions for everyone. He STILL wishes that the Cavs hadn't traded him for Chris Mihm. Antawn and Caron haven't had much to say. Funny, because Antawn is a FA, and the Cavs will have a lot to work with in the offseason. And Caron STILL wishes that he was drafted by the Cavs. I've got to get some pancakes! LeBron will be stopping soon. He's got the Celtics to beat, after all.

Posted by: Commisioner Stern | May 2, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

He's not effectively filling his role. The Cavs role players are. That's one of the reasons why they're the better team.
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He's 21 my man. Patience. He's inconsistent but aside from Lebron, D-Howard, KG, Kobe, and a few select others - what 21 year old isnt inconsistent. Plus, if you put blatche on the cavs he would do a lot better by virtue of LBJ

Posted by: Muresan | May 2, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

But he's not on the Cavs, so really, what difference does that make? Like I said, the main reason the Cavaliers are the better team is because of James. But as long as James as their, you can't just discount him when evaluating how good the team is.

Posted by: kalorama | May 2, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Commish -
You beat a team that your fanbase and the media demeaned and verbally abused as incompetent and inferior all series. I don't necessarily think this is the time to boast but rather to get nervous in anticipation of facing a legit team - Cleveland fan base - I got a feeling your whole family's goin down.

Posted by: Mitchell Butler | May 2, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@ Kal,

Just get this out of the way for starters. Smallball although an issue has not been a main mantra of mine as it has been with others. So, don't know why you singled me out there. Good coaching hides your weaknesses, exploits the other teams weaknesses, and highlights your strengths. If you think EJ does that consistently, your on drugs!!!!!! Without Songalia we can't help but be smaller for long stretches of the game.

But, here are my main points overall and this series. Would love a solid debate about it.

1) We lost tonight bc we did not hit shots and our season long nemesis 3 pt field goal defense reared it's head. We are simply the worst team in the league defending the 3 and I have harped on it for some time. I'll refrain from saying I told you so...LOL.

2) Best referring of the series and the refs had no impact on the game tonight. The only nitpick I have is that not only does LeBron get fouled all the time, but apparently he does not commit fouls either.
A player that plays as much as he does has 2 fouls in two games??? Wow!

3) Jeff Van Gundy just said, "the suspension on Songalia was bs (serious paraphrasing). If that had been LeBron, would he have gotten suspended? No way!"

4) Inablility to run our "offense" consistently is pathetic. We did not hit shots as the Cavs did consistently tonight, but where was our infamous Princeton offense?

5) I give CB the benefit of the doubt bc I know he is not 100%. BUT, he did not play hard basketball until the game was over. So, he obviously was dogging it the first 3 quarters. Not good at all!

6) EJ gets outcoached by Brown! Arenas got too much run when he was killing us. Bad matchups for Jamison and overall, but nothing strategic to prove we are better 1-12 than Cleveland. In fact, we played 7 tonight. Somewhat understandable, but the starters did not have the energy to come back. It just wasn't going to happen with the minutes they played! Why no look at NY? McGuire can rebound etc etc. Just bad coaching. If you don't trust them, then that's partly your fault. They should be veterans this time of year! Big reason why D'Antoni is on the hot seat - no Strawberry on Parker? - and he is a much better coach!

7) Most important statement. I've watched this team for 30 years and LOVE basketball, but this team is in a serious quandary. Why? Bc EG has to decide what to do with GA. Will he ever be the same and even so, what is he worth? CB, will he ever be the same with the hip issue. No contract debate to consider, but still worrisome.
What is AJ worth? I was in his camp big time this year for the first time. But, even though he improved defensively this year, he is still a soft 6'9" POWER forward. He kills us against Cleveland. Don't look at HIS stats. Look at what he gives up. He gets 10/11 rbds even against the Cavs, but gives up 6,7,8 rebounds!

8) Unlike the Skins, I trust EG to figure it all out. But, this is the MOST important off season in many many years and will impact this franchise for the next 5/6 years. Don't envy him, but I do trust him!

Finally, I only want to win and be contenders for the first time since I've been watching them - just missed the championship season. I'm not against them at all, but I do have much to criticize!!!!!

Posted by: Rob P | May 2, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Your team probably has a little more talent but the trash talking and thuggery put everyone on notice. Your team will never get the benefit of a non-call with all this bs going on in the media. Im sure EJ wont let this crap go on next year.They got what they wanted (gilbys blogging)I think this series helped to prepare us for the next round. I feel sorry for the professional players on your team that had to endure the empty trash talk. Better luck next year. It's been fun SCOREBOARD

Posted by: Akron | May 2, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Commish -
You beat a team that your fanbase and the media demeaned and verbally abused as incompetent and inferior all series. I don't necessarily think this is the time to boast but rather to get nervous in anticipation of facing a legit team - Cleveland fan base - I got a feeling your whole family's goin down.

Posted by: Mitchell Butler | May 2, 2008 10:21 PM

Respectfully, I'll accept your consider your advice once your team sniffs the second round. Otherwise, SCOREBOARD!

Posted by: Commisioner Stern | May 2, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

This team...the Wiz...is NOWHERE NEAR an NBA title. Reasons:

1. Little commitment to defense.
2. A VERY low basketball IQ.
3. Almost every NBA title team in recent decades, has had either an inside SCORING threat ...or an inside STOPPER....the Wiz have NEITHER !!!

These things are a FACT !!! And can't be denied. Smart teams with at least a nod tot he defensive end of the court win titles. This team is no better than a 4-5 seed in the freakin East.

Get used to it guys and girls...

Posted by: cej75024 | May 2, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I hope the cavs dont go to the finals this year, were not good enough to win it. We need to add another all-star, preferably a point guard. LBJ took you to the shed and all you can do is talk smack.

Posted by: Akron | May 2, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

what the cavs fans don't get is that all the posturing done by lebron and mike brown in this series will come back to kill them against the celtics (assuming they close out). they played the refs, the league, and the wizards like a piano, and to that i give them credit. but how can they change now? lebron won't get the same treatment vs. boston, especially after a series where theyre victim mentality got a lot of play in the media. It's gonna kill them vs. boston. nice to get there, but it will be funny to watch them complain like they accuse us of doing when the tables turn.

Posted by: zach | May 2, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I believe you can do things with Tough Juice as the 2 guard...other than that... um well...

Can Gil lead a team at the point??
What about AJ at the 3 ??
Blatche at the 4?? Maybe
Haywood in the middle?? i guess...i think??

go to REALGM.COM and try the TRADE CHECKER ...LET's FIX the WIZ !!!

Posted by: cej75024 | May 2, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

First, sorry for the long post. But, I know what the hell I'm talking about and have proven wrong about THIS team rarely! Wish I was proven wrong! Really do!

@ Akron,

"Your team probably has a little more talent but the trash talking and thuggery put everyone on notice. Your team will never get the benefit of a non-call with all this bs going on in the media."

Hey Cavs fans, if you were a little more impartial especially when you invade another team's blog, I would respect you more!

1) You can't admit LeBron is an actor and he got benefits we did not? 2 fouls in 2 games playing 40+ minutes? Seriously? He could have had 2 fouls in the first period tonight, but got ZERO! So, the league asks LeBron if HE thought Songalia's foul was intentional? Come on...that is just pathetic! His elbow was as egregious as ANY foul this series! Had he connected he would have broken Blatche's face!!

2) Otherwise, we lost! But have class and LeBron was just as classless as DS. I don't defend DS at all, but to act like LeBron is a choir boy is utterly ridiculous! The trash talking distractions are just as much a reflection of EJ and the Captains. Where were AJ's and CB's statements earlier in the series?

3) You will lose easily next round! This ain't last year's cake walk!

Posted by: Rob P | May 2, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

oh no. where is all the conspiracy theorists? i am sure there was dome obscure reason your team played like crap.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cleveland a$holes!

Gloating after victory is as classless as LeBron. I can tip my hat, but post on your own damn blogs. Cleveland fan's prove itself classless AGAIN and AGAIN! Football fans and otherwise!

Posted by: Rob P | May 2, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

You are classless, you want to talk sh... before the series and during, now you cant handle it

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Remember? You cant feel your face.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, now you have the entire offseason to get feeling in your face.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

CHanges to make

1. Resign Gil and Antwawn
2. Package Blatche, one of the Gaurds and a draft pick for a defensive minded rebounding big man
3. Start acting like Pro's on and off the court
4. Eddie needs to get control of the team - starting with Gil and DeShawn
5. Get homoecourt advantage 1st round. Please note eve2y 1-4 seed one in the first round - even out west

Retool - don't blow up

Posted by: Eric | May 3, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

"-After all the talk about the officiating in the series, the Cavs were called for 139 fouls, the Wizards 137. The Cavs shot 175 free throws, the Wizards shot 174."

This from cavs' beat reporter Brian Windhorst (best in the game, by the way). Look, in game the Wiz cry and complain about calls just as much as any other team. The fact of the matter is that there was not some huge difference in fouls or calls as Washington would have you believe. The Cavs are a better team. Period. You need to blow up your team. It is the laughing stock of the league. Not becuase of the way you play or your talent, its because of the complete lack of class and maturity that was brought to the table.

Posted by: Hondo17 | May 3, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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