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Songaila Suspended for Game 6

The NBA has suspended Wizards forward Darius Songaila for tonight's Game 6. Songaila was given a technical foul during the first half of Game 5 after hitting Cavaliers star LeBron James in the face after the two became tangled up underneath the Washington basket.

Songaila was not given a flagrant foul at the time of the play and Wizards' Coach Eddie Jordan argued that he did not deserve the technical either. Songaila said the contact which involved his left arm and James' face, was unintentional.

"We got tangled up, my arm got caught inside of his and when I tried to free myself, my arm caught him in the face," Songaila said yesterday before the suspension was announced. "It was an accident. He lifted my arm and it caught him in the face. If anything, it was caused by him. It wasn't intentional or anything."

Also yesterday, Jordan said he still believed that Songaila did not deserve the technical.

"I stand my ground," Jordan said. "I thought he got tangled up with LeBron and LeBron tried to get untangled and in his method of getting untangled, Darius's arm flew up and at his chest."

Added Jordan: "And LeBron's a terrific actor. We've all seen his commercials."

James has been on the receiving end of several hard fouls in the series, including one in Game 2 that earned center Brendan Haywood a flagrant 2 foul and a suspension. In Game 1, James elbowed Wizards forward Andray Blatche in the face and later received a flagrant 1 foul from the league.

The decision to suspend the 6-foot-9 Songaila, who also plays some center as a backup to Haywood leaves the Wizards dangerously thin in the front court and likely means that inconsistent third-year forward-center Andray Blatche will see heavy minutes in Game 6.

Songaila has averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 15.2 minutes in the series. Blatche is averaging 3.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.1 minutes. The Cavaliers will try to eliminate the Wizards from the first round for the third straight season.


UPDATE: According to a league source, the NBA was close to suspending DeShawn Stevenson after Stevenson hit James in the head with an elbow while trying to block a shot during Game 4. Instead, the league warned the Wizards that if any player made contact to James's head or face it would lead to an automatic suspension.

That being said, is Songaila's blow to James - when the two were tangled up, nonetheless - any worse than this shot from James to Andray Blatche? In case you forgot, here it is again.



My elbows are not as powerful as Songaila's fingers. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

James got a retroactive flagrant for that one. Songaila received a technical - and a suspension?

By Ivan Carter  |  May 2, 2008; 12:37 PM ET
 
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I want to say "unbelievable," but unfortunately this is just par for the course for the NBA. Too bad. Let's hope Andray steps it up.

Posted by: Mike in SD | May 2, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

that is a travesty considering lebron got a RETROACTIVE flagrant that we never received free throws for. This kind of double standard and league favoritism really tarnishes the NBA.

Posted by: zach | May 2, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

This is a disgrace and a travesty and simply proves the games are FIXED. The NBA wants Lebron to go to the next round and I'm sure whiny Lebron and Mike Brown complained to them. I watched the game on Comcast and if anyone was to blame for the foul, it was Lebron!!

We are sunk.....

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

complete BS, the NBA is really run by the mob. lebron gives and INTENTIONAL ELBOW and gets a slap on the wrist behind the scenes.

NBA we know what's going, destroying the game...a-holes.

Posted by: Anil | May 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

the playoffs are FIXED!!!!

but we still got out of Cleveland alive...

I have confidence in Blatche.

go wiz!!

Posted by: prescrunk | May 2, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

No small ball tonight! Even OP might get the call. Adversity builds character.

Wiz-men, no complaining until after the series, even as bizarre as the disparity in treatment may appear.

Posted by: Izman | May 2, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

the NBA has become completely ridiculous. how is this fair when lebron only gets a flagrant for an elbow to the face? grow some balls NBA, and don't let outside forces control you!

Posted by: daryl | May 2, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

here here Izman!

Posted by: prescrunk | May 2, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This upsets me because the cavs were going to win tonight even with Songaila in there and now everyone on this board will have an excuse as to why the Wiz lose tonight instead of blaming the real flaw with this team.....coaching

Posted by: DClvr | May 2, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

So let's get this straight. Jason Kidd tries to smash open Jannero Pargo's head like a watermelon... no suspension. Songaila accidentally slaps Lebron... suspension.

OK, makes sense.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The only consolation is that Jordan won't be able to use his beloved Songalia at center Antawn at PF lineup that inevitably leads to 2 Cleveland offensive boards per possession. Still, normally Stern is not so blatant in fixing games for his Golden Child. At least now he's stepping forward and admitting he wants The King to keep playing and generating ratings.

Posted by: Dellis | May 2, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Whatever, yes the NBA is fixed, they suspend a backup who committed a much less foul than Haywood did when he got the flagrant 2. That should have been the suspension. The NBA is tired of the Wizards "act".

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

This is completely nuts!

Posted by: Anon | May 2, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Really surprised with this suspension. The Lebron elbow, the Haywood push, the Stevenson head slap, The Varejao hit....they were all worse that Darius' foul. You can't say it was because it was on LeBron either because Haywood didn't get suspended and his foul was much more dangerous. I wonder if Stu Jackson will explain his reasoning behind this

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm speechless. That should never have even been a tech in the first place, and now he gets SUSPENDED? For what? For LeBron's Emmy-winning CRY-BABY act??

Verizon Center..give 'em hell tonight

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

This did look to be LeBron's doing from where I was sitting and the replays. The fact that it was upgraded after a tape review is stunning to me. Maybe this is the league's way of saying "the Cavs should have driven at Songaila and fouled him out when he came in for Haywood with 5 fouls". I think this is an NBA conspiracy to get the Cavs to the 2nd round! Stu Jackson is in Nike's pocket! IT'S A CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE WIZ!!!

Glad I'm a Cavs fan :)

Posted by: Cavs Fan | May 2, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

RIGHT ON!! Lets shuv it up their aß

Posted by: prescrunk | May 2, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the fix is in. David Stern has deemed the Wizards unfit for the playoffs. You think maybe LeBron went crying to stern like he did to Jay-Z? Or did David Stern just take it upon himself to kill the Wizards hopes. Not once but twice (the weird call at the end of the Philly game).

Posted by: Bart | May 2, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! I shouldn't be surprised though. The NBA is getting worried that the Cavs might be in trouble of not advancing, so they had to take some preventative measures.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The NBA is a joke! I am starting to believe these games are fixed and the NBA commissioner is in bed with Lebron James...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The NBA. Where fixing the playoffs happens.

Posted by: Ben | May 2, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Lets fix the league by suspending a backup PF that makes sense. Butler, Jamison and Haywood aren't the reason the Wizards are playing well, it is obviously Songaila.

Come on guys, this suspension stinx but at least Blatche is a serviceable replacement.

I see the refs calling a lot of fouls tonight....Varejao is going to get a flagrant/ejection

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Completely ridiculous. Let's hope the Wiz can use this for some positive energy. If we can win one for Abe Pollin, we can win one for Darius Songaila, right? But then who will be the martyr for game 7?

Posted by: alex | May 2, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Man,

The NBA stinks!!!!!!!

They are doing everyhting to let Lebaby and his groupd of underrated players and coaches get to the next round.

I hope the Wizards will crush them today!

Posted by: elmago | May 2, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

lmfao

"The NBA. Where fixing the playoffs happens."

Posted by: prescrunk | May 2, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a sabotage attempt!

Lebron took DSong's arm and b$tch slapped himself. Then acted like he just took a hit from Lennox Lewis.

"I can't feel my jaw!!!"

In contrast, Lebron swung an elbow at AB's jaw, deliberately, and only got fined..and late, and the Wiz didn't benefit from a technical!!!!

WTF?!?!?!

I really hope the VC fans get rowdy tonight. I think the ending tonight is inevitable. It's fixed.

If the refs get out of hand, somebody needs to pearl harbor Lebron's knees.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 2, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This hurts the frontcourt rotation, but that's why you have someone like Blatche who will need to step up. He's got the abilities to help the team out.

That's just a really bad matchup for him on Z when Haywood is out of the game.

Haywood needs to stay out of foul trouble, and that's an understatement.

Posted by: Krem | May 2, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If you watch the play solely from the perspective of Songaila's hand it looks intentional, but when you focus on Lebron trying to yank his arm away, it looks completely accidental. Judging a play like this is soooo arbitrary, and decisions like this just shouldn't happen.

The NBA is an embarrassment. I'm just glad the players make the game/playoffs interesting enough to watch.

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | May 2, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I gotta head up to NYC and pick up some of that BS coming from Stu Jackson's office...he must have an overstock...

Posted by: BigE | May 2, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I predict the Wiz kids will lose all the flop calls tonight.

Posted by: FLOP CITY | May 2, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It's the well-known bias against Eastern European dudes.

Posted by: cleveland=armpit | May 2, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

an absolute OUTRAGE! the NBA isn't even hiding their intentions anymore. just sad and shameful.

Posted by: Ryan | May 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Big E:
No need-- its at the VC already.

"I gotta head up to NYC and pick up some of that BS coming from Stu Jackson's office...he must have an overstock..."

Posted by: prescrunk | May 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Lebron didn't even do a good job of acting after that play but yet Songalia gets suspended.

A throat rub after a head tap - please!!!
The NBA really sucks.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Fix...........ha......ha...ha..ha..ha..haa.......haa............haa.........haaa.ha.....haaa.....haaa...lol.....lol....lol....lol....lol...lol...lol....lol....lol...whew.....stop it. Its fricking Darius Songaila. He is not a difference maker is he? If so you guys deserve to lose. Haywood & Stevenson are the ones who should be suspended.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Ivan and Michael:

What is your opinion on the play? I tend to agree wit EJ that when LeBron tried to pull out of the entanglement Darius' arm came up as well. Very surprised Stu Jackson did not see it that way. I know the NBA can look at this series for its cumulative fouls but I had hoped they would look at each one on an individual basis. Probably too much to ask.

Posted by: Terp4Life | May 2, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that Stevenson should have been suspended, but the league gave you a break. Shut up and play ball.

Posted by: Stop Complaining | May 2, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

no actually JeBron Lames is the one who should be suspended

Posted by: prescrunk | May 2, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

when the whole songaila thing happened in game 5 i turned to my buddy and said "if the wizards win this game songaila will be suspended for game 6." just disgusting

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

IT'S NOT POSSIBLE!!!

Stu Jackson needs to be fired. Add DC to the list of cities he will safely avoid.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

1) Call the NBA office at 212-407-8000
2) Ask to be connected to Stu Jackson's office
3) Ask if Mt. Jackson is available. When your told that he is not, ask if you could please have his voicemail. When the assistant asks for your name, man up and give your real name
4) Leave a **clean** and **tactful** message, expressing your outrage at this decision. *Offer no personal attacks or insults on Stu Jackson.* Leave your real name and a number where he can reach you if he wishes to discuss further.

The NBA needs to understand that its paying customers will not stand for this nonsense. Please, follow these steps responsibly.

Go Wiz.

Posted by: fishercob | May 2, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Tired of your act man, play ball and stop trying to box

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

87th

Posted by: aj | May 2, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

D-mac needs to get some time this game. And AB needs a great game. But this suspension is LUDICROUS!!!!

Posted by: pope | May 2, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

And what about Big Z's elbow to Songaila's face that allowed LeBron to drive to the basket for a jam. I guess we can look forward to a flagrant foul or technical from the league office on Monday, after the series is over. Thanks Stern.

Posted by: MD | May 2, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If David Stern shows his hobbit @ss in the VC today, the VC fans should "welcome him warmly."

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 2, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Ridiculous. It's hard to even get riled up about things like this anymore. This league may as well have just kept Tim Donaghy on the payroll. The double standard for stars is understandable but still stinks. I would understand a fine but a suspension, no way.
Like others have said, we can make lemonade out of lemons. No more small ball. AB and the bench played well in our blowout victory. I see no reason why he can't do it again. I second the idea of giving Pech a few minutes. He's no worse a defender or rebounder than Songaila thouh he's not nearly as good of a passer.

Posted by: mark | May 2, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Just felt the need to chime in with my own outrage.

Simply unbelievable. I don't see how the NBA can make an argument that it's even remotely consistent with these kinds of decisions.

Honestly, I'm about this close to calling it quits with the NBA. There's no reason to watch if Stern is going to determine the outcome with inconsistent policies on suspensions.

Posted by: KC in DC | May 2, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Cavs fans call too and give the DeShawn Stevenson foul on LeBron, the swipe at Anderson, and the Haywood push through the air.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

What's next Bennett Salvatore for game seven?

Posted by: Steve C | May 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards thrive in adverse situations. This could help us in an area that is a continued sore spot... rebounds. Dominic McGuire is one of the few Wizards who will jump to meet a rebound. His scoring is not the greatest which mean Pech may get a minute or two. c'mon Stewie, find you shot early! Go Wiz

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | May 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

What did everyone expect. The NBA playoffs have been fixed for over 30 years despite what Wilbon says. Just look at the tapes of the Bullets loss to Seattle in 1979 for the NBA championship. Fouls called galore on all the Bullets starters, yet the Bullet players never committed any fouls. This is typical of the NBA but old news. This is why I do not watch the NBA anymore.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

You know what? That's ok. Give it everything you got. Fix the games. Call ticky-tack fouls on us when we so much as sneeze on LeBron. Suspend our players. Do whatever you want. We'll just have to outplay you. That's all. This team plays better with its back against the wall anyway.

Posted by: Bring it On | May 2, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

ITS DARIOUS SONGAILA
ITS DARIOUS SONGAILA
ITS DARIOUS SONGAILA
ITS DARIOUS SONGAILA
ITS DARIOUS SONGAILA
ITS DARIOUS SONGAILA
ITS DARIOUS SONGAILA


WHO THE F.... CARES

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The NBA. Where fixing the playoffs happens.

Posted by: Ben | May 2, 2008 1:05 PM

Quite possibly one of the funniest post in Wizards Insider history!

Posted by: Jansjay | May 2, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely ridiculous. Not surprising, mind you, but ridiculous nonetheless.

Posted by: kalorama | May 2, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

whats next, the nba and their refs fine tune their skills with the wwf?

Posted by: cmcpa1 | May 2, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, so much for the ol' "The NBA Wants to Force a Game 7" conspiracy theory, anyway.

Posted by: WizFanSTL | May 2, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

And why did the NBA wait until 6 hours BEFORE the game to announce this? Couldn't they have done it yesterday? Not like there's a lot of games going on anyway.

Posted by: Bart | May 2, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

PURE BS!!! STU Jackson stucks as does Stern for not being consistant with the rule enforcement.

Posted by: TRU_BULLET | May 2, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

the NBA always looks at who the player is before the call . Lebron looks to the ref after every play now because he expects the refs to call a foul if someone look at him . The star treatment - I hate it

Posted by: larry g | May 2, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Suspend DeShawn Stevenson for taking a hit and Anderson Verajae during the game stop. That was a worse offense. Which one would you guys rather have? Or Haywood for the push out of the air. Would you prefer that one?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

They need Andray Blatche more than Darius anyways. Andray brings shot blocking, quickness and nifty moves. Let's just hope he plays intense tonight and drops his shots.

Posted by: bdunkadunk | May 2, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow...I thought the Wizards were a young up and coming team with tons of potential and a bright future. You know 3 all-star caliber players (2 right now), a center who has been playing well (outside of game 5) and some nice guard depth.

Apparenty I am completely wrong because the key to this team is winning is freakin Darious Songaila....if the Wizards hopes live and die with Songaila being in the game then this team needs a lot of work

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

not even from the hometown perspective, the integrity of the NBA game has to be questioned. this type stuff just cheapens the game. yes, these guys are great athletes but the league refuses to call basic violations like traveling even on average players. So when it comes to superstars, it's limitless.

at this point it should be widely known that if you touch Lebron he is going to win an Oscar with his response. Maybe the NBA needs to adopt one thing from soccer, as Stern is intent to make this the number sport in the world, give yellow cards for fake injuries and penalties. the accumulation should get a player fined or suspended.

Posted by: RobGreg | May 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The fix is in.

I cannot believe this. What a bunch of crap.

Posted by: LeCrybaby Jane | May 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

We should just call the nba the WWE and be done with it -- stern, the league, and his ref protected drama queen, cry baby are just a comical farce - pathetic -

Posted by: LOL | May 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by: DarrellWalkerFan | May 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ok, outside of fans in the DC area, who really wants to watch the Wizards play next round? Nobody.

Suck it up Wiz fans. In LeBron we trust!

Posted by: Mike Beckwith | May 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The star treatment....where Caron Butler is allowed to travel on his way to the basket....it happens both ways

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow...I thought the Wizards were a young up and coming team with tons of potential and a bright future. You know 3 all-star caliber players (2 right now), a center who has been playing well (outside of game 5) and some nice guard depth.

Apparenty I am completely wrong because the key to this team is winning is freakin Darious Songaila....if the Wizards hopes live and die with Songaila being in the game then this team needs a lot of work

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This is the funny. I completely agree with you.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Watching that clip again just really hits home what a whining lame arse LeBron James is. Just like a Euro soccer dude OBVIOUSLY acting. Everything that Heywood said is exactly right. MJ and co. would NEVER have debased themselves like this. The crowd needs to call James out for what he is tonight.

Posted by: mk | May 2, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Or LeBaby for his elbow to Blatche's face? Or Z for his hit on Songaila? Oh that's right...Songaila and Blatche didn't drop to floor, writhing in apparent agony after those two hits. Eddie Jordan didn't run out onto the court, rent his shirt in two and fall prostate and weeping at the feet of the officials. Nope. The Wizards don't expect favoritism. They don't get it. I guess that's on us for mannin' up and just playin' ball.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I had to check the calendar to make sure today wasn't April 1st.

If the NBA wants to be perceived in the same way as professional wrestling, the league's leadership is making strong headway toward achieving that goal.

But it's a clean, credible, unbiased league, because they got rid of the one and only blemish on that credibility, Tim Donaghy, last year...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

we were supposed to lose the last game too but our juice was just too tough.

everybody have faith in Blatche.

Posted by: prescrunk | May 2, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Thats true, Caron did travel on that last bucket but we didnt complain.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

While I'm not in the with the conspiracy theorists, this might be the most ridiculous suspension I've ever seen the league hand out. Especially considering all of the other fouls that have taken place in this series. They must have determined that it was a punch and it was not accidental. Whatever. At the same time, I don't also don't see this as some league engineered ploy to advance Lebron. Songalia helps, but he's not a make or break player for the Wiz. Blatche and probably McGuire are going to have to man up tonight.

Posted by: Aaron (DC) | May 2, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

All of us at the game tonight need to chant "stern you suck"

Posted by: lecrybaby jane | May 2, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:05 PM
Perhaps you are blind, as he did not swipe at Varejao, he swatted his hand away because Varejao had placed HIS HAND on Stevenson. Makes you not just blind, but also a Zebra lover.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

THE NBA IS SCREWED UP THEY WANT TO KEEP LEBRON HAPPY SO THEY DO WHAT HE WANTS LEBRON IS A BABY

Posted by: Jesse | May 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Thinking this is the result of all the fouls that have been going on in this series and since Songaila is not a key player (haywood, stevenson) he got an example made of him

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Aaron(DC):

Sensible post, I am a Cavs fan and dont think that it deserves suspension but sometimes your past comes back to haunt you. Others should have been suspended.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Is Leberon sleeping with the NBA front office or what? He's the most well paid punk I know. How can the official NOT SEE that Lebron had Darius's arm locked in his.

Lebron has been crying every since he been in the league. I agree with DeShawn, he is so overrated.

I can't wait until the WNBA season starts.

Posted by: BeBe | May 2, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Look for the Cavs to go to Ilgauskas whenever Haywood gets a rest, as Blatche has shown no sign of being able to impede Z's progress when he backs down under the rim.

Posted by: kalorama | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:05 PM
Perhaps you are blind, as he did not swipe at Varejao, he swatted his hand away because Varejao had placed HIS HAND on Stevenson. Makes you not just blind, but also a Zebra lover.


Or maybe you are an a-hole too and should realize that you still cant take a swing like that. I have it on DVR azz..he took a swipe.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Echoing everyone else here - total bs. For those of you who say it is only Darius, there is some truth to that, but Darius brings a steadiness that the team needs from time to time. More importantly given that getting within a foot of LeBron on a drive to the bucket results in a foul on our big men, we are VERY likely to have major foul issues with our frontcourt. Not having another body who knows how to play position defense and rebound (even if he can't jump) could really hurt us. Lebron can get his; we can take the chance that one of their 3 point scrubs gets hot; what we absolutely can't do is give up offensive rebounds, and if we are small, that's a real risk. We lose the offensive board tally by more than 5, we lose for sure.

What I think really happened here is that the league 1) does favor the teams they want to win to some extent but 2) Brown and LeTravel have been effective in making the Wiz antics seem MUCH worse than they are however 3) the Wiz have provided a basis for this perception, exagerrated though it may be, so. . . the league is sending a message to the Wiz that rough stuff against LeBron won't be tolerated, even where, in this case, LeBron largely did cause it himself. I don't think they would have done this if it was Caron or Antawn, but having Darius out of the game does not, per se, doom the wiz.

On the other hand, LeBrown elbow to Blatche's play the next play after Blatche gave him a hard but fair foul was OBVIOUSLY more deliberate than whatever happened with Darius and there is a HUGE double standard.

cj

Posted by: charles jones | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Are you guys all insane? Look, I'm as big of a Wizards fan as the next guy, but Songaila clearly punched LeBron, intentionally. If you guys have ever played ball before, you would know that that was an intentional foul. I've been playin for almost 25 years, have been tangled up with people multiple times, and have never "accidentally" punched someone in the face. Darius was frustrated, and threw a cheap shot at LeBron. Listen, I would like Darius to play just as much as the rest of you, but that was an absolutely unnecessary punch.

Posted by: Beezie | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Thats true, Caron did travel on that last bucket but we didnt complain.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:29 PM

he was also fouled, by lebron and wallace -

Posted by: destiny | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Just gonna make our game 6 win that more impressive.

Posted by: jones-y | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Songalia is a solid role player. Doesn't routinely foul out, makes free throws, hits an open mid-ranger, spells Brendan, and generally doesn't mess things up. He held his position nicely on LeBron's final possession in game five.

Andray is unreliable. He does not defend the 5 well, he often fails to rotate, he gets into foul trouble with some frequency, and is altogether not yet a playoff caliber big man.

Posted by: Steve C | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this "incident" got nearly the play it deserved in the national media. Sports Center was on at my gym yesterday and I think I saw the clip of Garnett shoving the ref in Atlanta about 50 times in 30 minutes but not one shot of James taking that "blow" to the chin then holding his NECK like he had just been choked. It's one thing to sell a foul when you think you've been hacked or pushed from behind, but faking an injury to draw a T is just a whole new disgraceful level. I hope before the tip-off tonight one of the Wizards whispers into the King's ear that if he tries to pull any histronics like that tonight then he'd better get off the court because if he stays in he will be injured, even if it means sending out Etan Thomas in street clothes.

Posted by: Paul | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cav's fan...You cannot possibly stick up for LeTravel Jane. He walks on everyplay and calls for a foul when his body touches air.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Apparenty I am completely wrong because the key to this team is winning is freakin Darious Songaila....if the Wizards hopes live and die with Songaila being in the game then this team needs a lot of work

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:25 PM

The point is not that it was Darius, the point is that the NBA folks seem to look at the game with obvious biases built in.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

1) Call the NBA office at 212-407-8000
2) Ask to be connected to Stu Jackson's office
3) Ask if Mt. Jackson is available. When your told that he is not, ask if you could please have his voicemail. When the assistant asks for your name, man up and give your real name
4) Leave a *clean* and *tactful* message, expressing your outrage at this decision. *Offer no personal attacks or insults on Stu Jackson.* Leave your real name and a number where he can reach you if he wishes to discuss further.

The NBA needs to understand that its paying customers will not stand for this nonsense. Please, follow these steps responsibly.

Go Wiz.

Posted by: fishercob | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Are you guys all insane? Look, I'm as big of a Wizards fan as the next guy, but Songaila clearly punched LeBron, intentionally. If you guys have ever played ball before, you would know that that was an intentional foul. I've been playin for almost 25 years, have been tangled up with people multiple times, and have never "accidentally" punched someone in the face. Darius was frustrated, and threw a cheap shot at LeBron. Listen, I would like Darius to play just as much as the rest of you, but that was an absolutely unnecessary punch.

Posted by: Beezie | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM

This is just garbage - you can't actually watch that then think he "punched" lebron - it was barely a bump with the back of his hand - and it was clearly embellisehd by lebron for the cameras - I don't know what you've been playing for 25 years - but it certainly isn't basketball

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

hello.

- boston and atlanta players get off the bench during an altercation and there are no suspension?

- jason terry admits to smoking weed and there is no suspension?

- harder fouls in the play offs, ie jason kidd, and there is no suspension?

they always say the are strict in the application of the rules, but this is just further proof, super stars, championship teams, or owners who just b*tch too much.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse


Thats true, Caron did travel on that last bucket but we didnt complain.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:29 PM

he was also fouled, by lebron and wallace -

And LeBron was fouled on that last bucket too so whatever

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe you are an a-hole too and should realize that you still cant take a swing like that. I have it on DVR azz..he took a swipe.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM

And Varecon still had his hand on Stevenson.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Another example of how much the NBA wants to see LeBron move on in the playoffs. LeBron=ratings=dollars. The Wizards do not, especially without Arenas. Both sides have been physical in this series. Is Stu Jackson really saying that this was worse than the other fouls...some that had bodies crashing to the floor in a heap?

Posted by: Jeff | May 2, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

YOU GUYS ARE FRIGGIN RIGHT, THE WIZARDS HAVE BEEN SAINTS ALL SERIES LONG. DIDNT COMMITT A DAMN FOUL. THATS FUNNY. YOU SIGHT THE FOUL J. KIDD MADE BUT NONE OF YOURS COMPARED.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

--Songaila has averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 15.2 minutes in the series.

r u guys for real? we're talkin bout darius songaila. who gives a crap? the guy stinks. 5 pts and 2 boards while taking up 15 minutes of playin time.
he shouldnt have been in there to begin with. the league is doin us a favor cause eddie j dont know how to coach.
now ive seen it all. people cryin for no talent d song. wow.
get a reality grip.

Posted by: dk | May 2, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

1) Call the NBA office at 212-407-8000
2) Ask to be connected to Stu Jackson's office
3) Ask if Mt. Jackson is available. When your told that he is not, ask if you could please have his voicemail. When the assistant asks for your name, man up and give your real name
4) Leave a *clean* and *tactful* message, expressing your outrage at this decision. *Offer no personal attacks or insults on Stu Jackson.* Leave your real name and a number where he can reach you if he wishes to discuss further.

The NBA needs to understand that its paying customers will not stand for this nonsense. Please, follow these steps responsibly.

Go Wiz.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Never a supporter of smallball, but I can see how EJ has been going with Songalia. AB does not have the weight or muscle to handle big Ike, Joe Smith, or Sideshow Bob. He is unable to contest anything and unable to establish position for rebounds. Can someone say "weight room time" all summer long....???

Songalia does not have the length but he bodies up Ike and lets him know he is in there for a fight. Problem is the Cav's front line has too much length for him and AJ when they go small.

I think OPEC should get one more run at the 5. However, I do not see anything in his game and I do not think he is going to pan out as a pro. Nice guy, but I think EJ missed on this one. I have not seen any flashs from him like you do with AB, Nick, or DMac... His "j" is ugly and it never looks like it is "good" when it leaves his hand, ala Roger Mason.

EJ needs to instruct OPEC to just go in and rebound and to not take a shot that is not 10 feet or less. AB needs to start bringing Ike out on the primeter and using his foot speed to drive to the basket, mainly on the baseline. That in turn might get him in foul trouble and benched.

I think if the Wiz take this home game, the Cav's will be in trouble. Remember the Wiz won this game with Mason and AJ not hitting their "j's". If one or both start hitting the Cav's are done.......

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | May 2, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I dunno. Much as I love the Wiz, it did seem like Darius popped Lebron in the head/neck immediately after they untangled. That's generally (if called) reviewable for a suspension. Is it BS, are they coddling King James...who knows? I know we can beat them without him if we get in the flow.

Frankly, I kind of want to see what OPEC can do because you know he's taking his man well away from the basket and will at least make it difficult before fouling the shooter. This may not be such a big deal. Not like we're going to miss Darius' rebounding in this series.

Posted by: Pauly B. | May 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone on the cavs actually lobbied for a suspension. I a very surprised a suspensin was handed out now

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe you are an a-hole too and should realize that you still cant take a swing like that. I have it on DVR azz..he took a swipe.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM

And Varecon still had his hand on Stevenson.

even if he did, hand on someone and taking a swing are two different things. I guess since you are a Wiz fan its okay though. And his hand was not on him because Anderson was talking to the ref.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

IT'S THE PRINCIPLE
IT'S THE PRINCIPLE
IT'S THE PRINCIPLE

The only way to rationalize such a horrible decision is to say that it is a cumulative effect kind of thing. They didn't suspend Haywood, Stevenson, or LBJ for their incidents so they took a stand on someone who doesn't really matter. Bold! Wiz just have to sack up and do their thing, no big deal.

Also, who in the hell offered Reggie Miller a job speaking for a living? The guy makes Sam Huff sound coherent. You got to love a guy who literally kicked opposing players, and got the foul call, talking about someone else's extra curricular activities.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody have a jr. high age daughter that likes brandy and motel rooms?

if so email me at:

deshawn@convictedrapists.com

Peace

Posted by: DeShawn Stevenson | May 2, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

MOST FLAGRANT FOUL OF THIS SERIES: LEBRON ELBOWING BLATCHE IN FACE. THIS IS INDISPUTABLE .

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

wah wah wah the wizards fortunes hinge on darius songaila.
bwahahahahahahah.
the guy is the austin ks, the aubrey huff of the wiz.
who cares.
gimmie a break.

Posted by: dk | May 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

That was not intentional. If you watch the you tube video you can tell in slow motion. It's just as Songalia says. Their arms are tangled and when LeBron pulls away, his forearm is underneath Songys' biceps. In his pulling away he lifted Songys' arm.

...and this years Oscar goes to (drumroll) Lebron James!!!

No wonder the refs can make so many bad calls. Even WITH camera replays the NBA league can't see what happens. LOL!

Posted by: Cousin Ray Ray | May 2, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse


This is also a message from the league to the refs that "If you're not going to kill the Wizards with calls during the games, we're going to do it after the game. What part of our order to 'favor the Cavs!' did you not understand?!"

Posted by: VeCente115 | May 2, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow...I am a Cavs fan, and yes for that I know I am a horrible person, but come on...both teams are to blame, and it is JUST A GAME...talking about taking out someone's knees is pathetic. I happen to love Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison...they are good players that have been put in bad a situation with all of the DeShawn yapping.. I do admit that DeShawn has been playing a little better on the offensive end lately, but he really needs to get past the "personal issues" with LeBron and MAN UP...And last why blame LeBron for all the attention he gets?? He was drafted and the NBA made him into the face of the league, he didn't ask for it, and now he embraces it and does alot of good with his hometown (I only live 5 miles from Akron). Oh, sorry...one more thing, I think Songalia and James got tangled up and I thought that the refs handled it fine on the court and that the suspension is a little excessive...GO CAVS...

Posted by: Heather | May 2, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

MOST FLAGRANT FOUL OF THIS SERIES: LEBRON ELBOWING BLATCHE IN FACE. THIS IS INDISPUTABLE .

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yeah, to a Wiz fan

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The people who think Songaila has no impact in this series obviously knows absolutely nothing about basketball or haven't watched any of the games.

The timing of this is ridiculous. The decision to do this is ridiculous. Anyone else hoping David Stern is there tonight?

The NBA is CHEATING for LeBron.

Posted by: Brickjp | May 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Beezie, I'd like to arrange to give you a placque for playing ball for 25 years. Nobody else has ever done that before. You're very special. I'll start arranging a banquet.

Posted by: cleveland=armpit | May 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

If the fix were on, then the Wiz would have been cleaning out their lockers yesterday. You have to give it to David Stern. His storylines are just as predictable as WrestleMania. At least with the WWE, you know exactly when the fix will come.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Thats true, Caron did travel on that last bucket but we didnt complain.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:29 PM

he was also fouled, by lebron and wallace -

And LeBron was fouled on that last bucket too so whatever

And all were no calls ... as they should have been - that's why lebron was so shocked at the end of the game - because he didn't get bailed out by the refs like he always does

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that Lebron's elbow was the most flagrant since he didnt even hit Blatche. Stop your crying

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Who cares its songalia....Last post everyone was complaining how blatche was getting any minutes and songalia was taking them. Everyone on this blog is pathetic make up ur minds its a different story every time I read. Yesterday its blatche should be playing over him now its outrage songalia isnt playing and the league is fixed. Absolutely unbelievable this blog makes me disappointed I'm a wizards fan. Wizards fans are some of the lamest fans in sports!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

You're 6'9" 260lbs and you're gonna cry like that? He's very good, no doubt, but that act is disturbingly shameful for real basketball fans.

For those true Cavs fan, can you really honestly say those hard fouls are worthy of suspension? Those are playoff fouls, get used to them. If so, Cleveland is much more worthlessly softer than I thought...just like LeTravel.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Message from the NBA: don't even get in LeTravel's way when he's going for a layup or dunk - or else you will get suspended.

And yes the zebras will call what they want to call, and you can not complain about it or you will get suspended too - except Cavs don't get suspended, just the Wiz.
Cleveland players do :grabbing, tripping, shoving, clotheslining, clocking, elbowing the Wizards.
Guess what? I haven't heard any crying from the Wizards players yet - so far it's all Brown and his boys.
Oh yeah smirks from the Cavs when they get away with their nonsense and the Wiz get called for fouls - watch your dvrs and pay attention to LeTravel, Smith, Gibson & West. Yes, it's all part of the NBA show particularly at playoffs.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

NOTHING THOSE GUYS HAVE DONE ALL SERIES LONG HAS BEEN INTENTIONAL .....HA..HA...OK

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

with the arbitrary foul calls, the double standards on stars, the flopping, LeBron checking himself after every missed shot like he was in a car accident and he wants to see how many bones broke, and now this suspension - I think the NBA is in danger of becoming PRO WRESTLING. only not as real or as watchable!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

DONT TELL US WHAT PLAYOFF FOULS ARE. YOU KNOW LESS THAN WE DO. WE PUT YOUR AZZ OUR EARLY EVERY YEAR. WE TELL YOU WHAT PLAYOFF FOULS ARE.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Right. The NBA is trying to fix this game by taking out Songaila, the beast that he is and all. Give me a break. There has been a lot of contact this whole series and I think the league is finally saying, ok, we need to stop this right now before it breaks out into a brawl. And I don't buy the story that it was an accident or whatever. It was pretty clear it was a blatant hand check to the face. Then Jordan steals one out of the Rove playbook with, "it was actually Lebron's fault". How many times do the Cavs have to knock the Wizards out of the playoffs before Wizards coaches, players and fans stop making excuses? They've got the talent to win if they would just follow Caron and Antawn and play like men.

Posted by: GD75 | May 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Cavs fans on this site are a joke and a half. To think that Cavs fans can actually complain about any part of the officiating is just plain comical in itself.

They must have the 'LeTravel Syndrome' where they must get 100% of the calls each and every time or else....

Posted by: Brickjp | May 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Songaila's not complaining or crying or acting, not like another 6'9" player we all know.
Did he cry about Ilgauska's smash to his face, no he mentioned it, but is NOT COMPLAINING about the no-call.

Did he complain about Ilgauskas shoving him into LeTravel, no he mentioned it but is NOT COMPLAINING about the no-call.

CAVS and their fans whine, and Stern/Jackson gang piss in their britches.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

LeBron James will always be a lowlife and a cheat, no matter how many sacks of money he makes. A worthy follower for that other rapist fraud Kobe Bryant.

Posted by: playa | May 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

the league is just tryin to teach eddie j how to coach. he cant make a decision. weve got to tell him to foul wallace. he cant figure it out.
the league has to tell him who to play cause he dont get it.
maybe the league can suspend no talent destink next. he shouldnt be in there either.
darius songaila---what a stiff!
like it matters.

Posted by: dk | May 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Who cares its songalia....Last post everyone was complaining how blatche was getting any minutes and songalia was taking them. Everyone on this blog is pathetic make up ur minds its a different story every time I read. Yesterday its blatche should be playing over him now its outrage songalia isnt playing and the league is fixed. Absolutely unbelievable this blog makes me ashamed to be a wizards fan. Wizards fans are some of the lamest fans in sports!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break. How many times do the Cavs have to knock the Wizards out of the playoffs before Wizards coaches, players and fans stop making excuses? They've got the talent to win if they would just follow Caron and Antawn and play like men.

Posted by: GD75 | May 2, 2008 1:49 PM
You got your break already, several of them. No calls on fouls on the Wizards, and suspension on the Wizards fouls.
Making excuses? You must be deluded, there are no excuses here, just pointing out the facts - your team's coach and star player are crybabies.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If my kid was a LeBron fan I would....well you don't want to know.

Lets just hope next year we don't play them and then every year after this. If we played the Magic none of this would be going on. Its all because of LeBron. Where are all those back spasms we heard about.
F*ck, this bites...this leaves us with less options. I know people hate small ball, but they won't even try Dom at the 4 even when he had 2 monster rebounding games toward the end of the season. EJ needs to help this kid along. I HATE THE NBA (FIX FIX FIX FIX)

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | May 2, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The suspension of Darius Songaila for that played up "shot" that he gave LeBron is a joke! It's another attempt at the NBA to ensure that their marquee player(s) get deeper into the playoffs.

Stern, if you were tricked by LeBron's antics after watching several replays of this, you should be ashamed!

Clearly their arms were tangled, and clearly LeBron lifted his arm up extremely quickly, pushing Songaila's hand right into his own chin...then, LeBron continued to play it up, by grabbing his throat of all things...Songaila's hand never got near his throat...

You can hear the SportsCenter clips after the game, and all the post-game remarks about this, as the analysts laugh it off, as they clearly know that this was another attempt by LeBron to get exactly what he got...another Wizard suspended!

STERN SHOULD GO INTO BOXING!!! HE'D FIT RIGHT IN!

Posted by: Cameron, Gainesville, VA | May 2, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS A JOKE,GO BACK TO GAME 1,IF STERNLESS AND STUPID STU JACKSON WANTED TO GET IT RIGHT,THEY SHOULD HAVE SUSPENDED LEBRON AND HAYWOOD,THEN THEY SEND A MESSAGE,IS THIS ABOUT BETTING,$ FOR THE LEAUGE,OR A JOKE,D ALL OF THE ABOVE,THIS IS REALLY WEAK TO DO THIS NOW,BUT I GUESS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE IT JUST IS.THEN NBA NEEDS A MITCHELL INVESTIGATION, BUT TO LOOK INTO THE LEAUGE.

Posted by: WS44 | May 2, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The league has made it impossible to stop Lebron. He ducks his head, lowers his shoulder, takes four steps, then looks at the official with his "Man, they tryin to hurt the Chosen One!" look and they cower and call a foul.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Stop hating. You are crybabies. You won't have to cry much longer because the series will be over soon.

Posted by: Kingjames | May 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

let's hope the wizards use this as motivation and don't play the victim.

Posted by: thickman | May 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

what hotel do the Cavs stay at?

Posted by: prescrunk | May 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Who cares its songalia....Last post everyone was complaining how blatche was getting any minutes and songalia was taking them. Everyone on this blog is pathetic make up ur minds its a different story every time I read. Yesterday its blatche should be playing over him now its outrage songalia isnt playing and the league is fixed. Absolutely unbelievable this blog makes me ashamed to be a wizards fan. Wizards fans are some of the lamest fans in sports!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:52 PM

Don't you get it? Whether it is Songaila or not getting the minutes, the suspension is not justified! I still would like to see Blatche in the game EVEN IF Songaila was not suspended.

Be embarrassed at your own failure to understand what other folks are trying to say.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

David Stern is a crook.

Posted by: Stick | May 2, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Can the 'Zards bring in Michael Ruffin for one game, fit him with a bodacious wig full of dreds, suit him up in uniform #36, and pass him off as Etan Thomas?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"And LeBron was fouled on that last bucket too so whatever"

Sure, if you ignore the fact that Ilgauskas pushed Songaila into James in order to cause the foul.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Cavs fans come on Wizards site and says we are crybabies. Go home already. You are talking smack on here cuz you are scared. Scared that maybe even the NBA mob cant save your team this year.

Posted by: Brickjp | May 2, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Activate Big Gheorge!!

Also let's not forget the reason the Cavs have home court advantage is because of the "quirky" ending to their second to last game against the Sixers, where Big Z pushed his man into LBJ to get the after-the-game-was-over free throws.

Oh and then LBJ gets the post-game flagrant in game one.

Oh and then Songalia gets the post-game ejection.

... where rewriting the rules happens.

Posted by: Slim Charles | May 2, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

this is the most love darius songaila will eva get in his life. and of course its off the court cause the guy hasnt done one meaningful thing in a game since hes been here.
HELLO????????
ITS DARIUS FREAKIN STINKS SONGAILA!!!! 2 BOARDS AND 5 PTS IN 15 MINUTES. HE CANT EVEN CONTROL THE GLASS.
WHAT A GAME CHANGER!!!!!

Posted by: dk | May 2, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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If you are going to keep posting the same thing over and over again, please fix the spelling and errors in grammar.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

FIXED!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: STERN | May 2, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

When is the last time the Wizards made it past the first round of the playoffs. You are angry because you can't beat the Cavs. Relax, it will be alright.

Posted by: Kingjames | May 2, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

This is great, even if Lebron wins this series he's already lost an immeasurable amount of respect amongst fans of this league. His true lack of charisma and starpower has finally been revealed. His personality is awful. His commercials are horrific. I'm glad he's a big guy who can bowl over defenders after taking 4 steps to the basket and whine after he rams into someone with their feet clearly planted because he got grazed on his goat-looking face. Enjoy for another year or so Cleveland. In truth I hope Lebron stays there so that neither he or you losers ever get a title.

Posted by: Objective NBA Fan | May 2, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Cleveland=Armpit,

Thank you for getting me a plaque. It is very much appreciated. With that said, there is absolutely no reason to be a douche bag just because i have a dissenting opinion. My reason for stating my intricate knowledge and experiences with the game of basketball was to prove a point, that Songaila meant to smack/hit/punch (whatever you want to call it) LeBron in the face. However, there is absolutely NO WAY to get tangled up and end up hitting someone else in the face. This is a ridiculous notion.

Again, I am a die hard Wizards fan, have gone to almost every game this season, and would like more than anything for Songaila to be out there tonight, but he should know better than that.

Posted by: Beezie | May 2, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Le Bron takes almost as many "flops" as the Italian or French soccer teams.
What a poser !

Posted by: jmsbh | May 2, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Watch 1:40 into the video - Varejao pushes Stevenson, and Stevenson swats his hand away. Wow - double technical?

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

Serious question to Cavs fans who think this is justified:

Would you rather be elbowed directly in the face by an athletic 6'9 260 lb guy?

Or would you rather be incidentally slapped on the top of your head by some unathletic white guy's slowly moving open hand.

Actually you guys are so in love with Lebron that you'd probably choose the elbow just to be touched by The Chosen One. LMAO idiots.

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

From the St. Louis Dispatch 1/18/88:
Jordan: Pistons Tried To Hurt Me Chicago's Michael Jordan, the National Basketball Association's leading scorer, claims the Detroit Pistons deliberately tried to hurt him. Jordan made his strong comments after the Bulls' 115-99 fight-marred victory over the Pistons on Saturday night.

Haywood's attempt at being a bigger jerk that Deflop Stevenclown is built on LIES.

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

Can we also please get LeTravel suspended for his Flagrant 1 foul on Blatche? No? It must be one-sided then.

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

I cant believe all of the whiny crybaby Wiz fans out there. Songalia would have never been suspended if Deshawn Stevenson would have kept his mouth shut just played the game and he hit him on purpose... you all are blind!

Posted by: Wiz330 | May 2, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't you get it? Whether it is Songaila or not getting the minutes, the suspension is not justified!
Posted by: | May 2, 2008 1:54 PM

TRUE. so what? dont look at gift horse in the mouth. yea the suspension is lame but the nba is really doin us a favor. every1 should be celebrating.

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

UN. BE. LIEVABLE. THIS IS SO UNFAIR.

VERIZON CENTER IS GOING TO BE LOUD AND VERY ANGRY TONIGHT!!!!!!!

Posted by: Frosty Freeze | May 2, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Its okay - Cavs fans will always know they receive preferential treatment. And with that, they will still never win a championship with LeTravel, the biggest baby in the history of sports.

He acts tough but I bet he would get his ass beat if he was in a real fight, judging by how he's reacted to a tap in the face.

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

Haywood's attempt at being a bigger jerk that Deflop Stevenclown is built on LIES.

Posted by: Tim | May 2, 2008 2:02 PM
No one can make fun of LeQueen, not ever!

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

Cavs fans come on Wizards site and says we are crybabies.

Do Cavs fan even know the meaning of hippocrisy when they call Wizards/Wiz fans crybabies? Look in the mirror Cleveland Crybabies.

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

If that's a suspension, how the heck was James not suspended for an intentional elbow to the mouth of an opponent after a foul had already been called and the whistle blown?

What a joke.

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

cry

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

I agree with you all...These playoff are fixed..Thats why this is gonna be a 6 game series instead of 5.

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Someone is suspended because his teammate talked trash and that's acceptable? LMAO, what is this, chess? Fencing? I'm astounded by the level of idiocy that creeps in here sometime and pray that it's just some teenager trying to incite someone.

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

TRUE. so what? dont look at gift horse in the mouth. yea the suspension is lame but the nba is really doin us a favor. every1 should be celebrating.

Posted by: dk | May 2, 2008 2:03 PM
Sorry, some folks still follow ethical rules. If it's a crime, do the time. If it is not, get out of jail free.
No enron-type bending of the rules to justify the end.

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

Anyone else hope our season ends before the last day of high school? I got a room and the Super 8 reserved for the entire summer...

Posted by: DeShawn Stevenson | May 2, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Cry? That's all James does is cry. He's hit in the arm? He checks his lip for blood. He's hit in the chest? He checks his lip for blood.

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

I'm 30 years old. I have been a NBA fanatic for the last 18 years. The NBA has always been my favorite sport, and its not even close. I've always been a defender of the NBA on every level and every issue. But I'm just not so sure anymore. Maybe I'm just getting older, but the league is really starting to turn me off.

LeBron sucks, and his team is even worse, and I'm sick and tired of the league pushing him on us when he's not ready for it. All this acting on his part and with this JayZ BS - I mean this guy wears #23 and wants to be great, but I never, EVER saw this kind of behavior from Magic, Larry, and MJ. Jordan got his butt whooped by the Pistons and he got right back up and got in their face - the guy never showed any weakness out on the court, just go back and look at the video footage.

LeBron is a big cry baby and I'm sick and tired of the inconsistent calls by the referees and the league office. Please define what a walk/traveling violation is and please be consistent about it. A team's entire season can end (Wiz in '06 playoffs) because of a non-call on a clear traveling violation.

KG forcefully elbows a ref and its okay, but if Dennis Rodman or Van Exel does it they're suspended for 6 games. Celtics bench players steps onto the court and its okay, but if the Suns do it they suspend their best player. I'm sick of this - the league is a freaking joke with their superstar rules. David Stern are you listening? You better be because you're losing one of your biggest fans and who knows how many more because of the garbage officiating and league rulings!

Posted by: nba_fan? | May 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Wanna know the definition of irony?

Cavs fans coming on Wizards site to say we are crybabies.


Calling US crybabies? You need to wake up and smell the crap. Have you seen what your poster boy has been doing all series long?

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

If you washington fans are going to cry about LBJ's elbow in game 1.

What about Haywood's midair shove in game 2 or Stevenson's punch in game 4?

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

We dont need Songalia, we have Evangelo Karantonis to fill in. He is a basketball god with milky white skin.

Game 6 Wiz Lose

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

Lebron did get called for hitting blatche in the face with his elbow..After the league reviwed it, they slapped him with a flag1...

I thought Haywood should have been suspended the game after he was ejected form the game, but the league reviewed it and and thought the ejections was enough.

The league reviewed this play and said, he that guy hit another player in the face well after the play was over. In my opinion, which you are all free to disagree, and i am sure you do, it was a good call.

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"and he hit him on purpose... you all are blind!"

You mean just like Lebron hit Andray Blatche in the face with his elbow in retaliation for what was clearly incidental contact?

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

Serious question to Cavs fans who think this is justified:

Would you rather be elbowed directly in the face by an athletic 6'9 260 lb guy?

Or would you rather be incidentally slapped on the top of your head by some unathletic white guy's slowly moving open hand.

Actually you guys are so in love with Lebron that you'd probably choose the elbow just to be touched by The Chosen One. LMAO idiots.

You are the idiot...all Cavs fans are not like that...and why does it have to be "white guy"? Why can't it be slow or something a little less racial...I for one thought Blatche deserved it since he did it to LeBron 1st...It's a contact sport, and if you watch, LeBron isn't the only one whining after every call....BOTH TEAMS WHINE...And I would actually rather be smacked...that was a silly question....

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

This shti would not pass in MarijampolÄ—.

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

Wow. I am furious. I used to not buy into the idea that the refs and league managment were somehow in collusion to get the most marketable teams into the finals. This call has destroyed what faith I had in the integrety of the refs and NBA managment.

If I knew it would be printed, you would instead be reading a post with wildly colorful language.

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

i dont think this decision will break our backs but i do think it's this kind of inconsistency from the league that turns off casual viewers. i know it's

i think this is one of the prime examples of the problems the nba brings on itself.

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

I wonder how this is going to affect the referees betting line?

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

As a wizards fan, I'm admittedly biased, but from the video it looks pretty obvious that Songalia only hit lebron in the face because lebron used his elbow to make him do so.

It seems to me as if LeBron was aware of the "no hits to Lebron's face" warning that the Wiz were given, and did his best to make that happen.

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

You know where the hottest girls hang out?

Abercrombie kids.

Posted by: DeShawn Stevenson | May 2, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

David Stern is one worthless piece of poo.

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

Darius Songaila was a key player Wednesday night.

When he played within his game (i.e not trying to score a reverse layup against Z) he was in fact flawless... 4-4 FTs, hitting an open jumper at a point in the game when the rest of the team could not find the basket with a flashlight, battling for rebounds, moving himself and the ball the Princeton weave etc...

Obviously Andray Blatche has a way higher upside than Darius. Tonight he is going to have to show it.

All that said, I have never seen an NBA playoff suspension like this one ... virtually no coverage I read of the game anticipated it or foreshadowed it... so it is a bit out of left field, yes?

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

What a bunch of bull**** LeBron is such a baby. His mommy must not have spanked him enough as a child.

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

"What a bunch of bull**** LeBron is such a baby. His mommy must not have spanked him enough as a child."

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She tried, but every time she lifted her hand in the air, he would flop down to the floor and then scowl at her.

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

DeShawn = R. Kelly

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

"What about Haywood's midair shove in game 2 or Stevenson's punch in game 4?"

Can't have a punch without a closed fist.

You aren't really going to compare what was clearly a flagrant foul during the run of play by DS. Stevenson did make a play on the ball after all...to a retaliatory elbow to the face away from the ball, are you?

Also, both of those calls were actually made in the game. Assessing a flagrant foul after the game did absolutely nothing but even up the books a little bit.

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

I never thought I'd ever say this, but... Verizon Center is going to be an absolute zoo tonight.

Go Wiz!

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

Who else wants to watch the cavs play besides people from Ohio. Yeah Lebron is a beast, granted a punk, but do you think anyone wants to watch the other scrubs run around.

The Cavs/Nets and Cavs/Spurs series were some of the worst I have ever seen last year.

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

Uh ... no. By NBA rule, if a player throws a punch in a game he is automatically ejected. Not only was Songaila not ejected, he didn't even get a flagrant foul. That same rule defines a punch as a blow with a closed fist. Songaila's hand was clearly open when the back of it struck (more like grazed) James.

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

I always thought NBA games are fixed and target stardom for stars. They are there to push stars and make money. They will make anything flagrant to make their stars get to the next level

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

When the cops came looking for me on rape charges I did the whole "you can't see me" hand to face move.

Only to find out it didn't work, they did see me, and I was arrested for the raping of a child.

Posted by: DeShawn Stevenson | May 2, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"What a bunch of bull**** LeBron is such a baby. His mommy must not have spanked him enough as a child."

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She tried, but every time she lifted her hand in the air, he would flop down to the floor and then scowl at her.

Posted by: Duffman | May 2, 2008 2:16 PM

Duffman says "OH YEAH." LMAO at your response.

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

I tell you what i just read through these posts and it's absolutely funny! I was at game 5 and there were questionable calls both ways...face it...and beside your team won...what's with all the crybaby crap!? Here's a thought grow up and act your age! And really liked the post about going "pearl harbor" on LeBrons knees...very classless....

Posted by: cavsfan1 | May 2, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Are you guys all insane? Look, I'm as big of a Wizards fan as the next guy, but Songaila clearly punched LeBron, intentionally."

Uh ... no. By NBA rule, if a player throws a punch in a game he is automatically ejected. Not only was Songaila not ejected, he didn't even get a flagrant foul. That same rule defines a punch as a blow with a closed fist. Songaila's hand was clearly open when the back of it struck (more like grazed) James.

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

Prescrunk,


dont worry about where the Cavs are staying. Leave your message at "Love" nightclub. They will get it from them.

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

Everything else aside - proof positive that Lebron is being a baby - going to the press and affirmatively stating that "DeShawn hit me in the head with a closed fist" and if it was on a playground it would have been on.

No ambiguity in his statement. No ambiguity that it was an outright lie. End of LeBron credibility.

I AM GOING TO MAKE SOME NOISE TONIGHT. GO WIZ.

Posted by: charles jones | May 2, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

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

Andray better show up

Posted by: air jar | May 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised at this travesty? This is the same league that handed Cleveland home-court advantage in the first round in the Philly game.

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

Maybe the suspension is a littler much..but i thought it was well after the play..did james bring songaila's arm towards his face..yeah, could songaila taken a step back from james instead of following him after the whistle and avoided that, probably...Do i think if this were game 1 songaila would be suspended for that. no..do i think after all the hard fouls that clearly are not going for the ball that the league wanted to make it clear that you have foul when going for the ball and that they will take action when you are going for the player...yes.

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

haha, nice picture James caught in the act. It is clearly, undoubtedly intentional. No way is that raised elbow a reflex action or involved in the shot in any way, form or manner. I supposed Blatche should have fallen to the floor, cried out in tears, and dragged out on a stretcher before Stern/Jackson gang will do anything about it.
BTW - Blatche held his jaw for a moment, and then carried on. He did not for one moment complain, whine or cry.
Who's a baby now?

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

LeBron doesnt give a damn if "YOU" thinks he is credible.

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

LeBron is about one step away from this...

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

The Cavs poster boy is putting up 30 points a night and single handedly eliminating the Wizards year after year

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

refs betting. now Stern pulls this. get some real actors, put Johnny Depp in, at least he can fake it better. don't call the multiple step, over the back, palming, wrap arounds or push offs. this is a joke. Grow a backbone Stern and your patsy jackson. Ridiculous, i hope they show it over and over on the big screen in slo mo. CRACKS ME UP

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

THIS IS REALLY FUNNY. ALL OF THE ANGER DIRECTED AT LEBRON. DONT YOU ALL HATE ANYONE ELSE ON THE TEAM? OH, LEBRON JUST KICKS THAT AZZ ALL THE TIME SO YOU DONT LIKE HIM. I GET IT. IF HE LET YOU BEAT HIM EVERY NOW AND THEN IT WOULD BE COOL.

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

Oh so let me get this...it's ok to strike someone with an open hand?! That makes it ok!? Are you kidding me?!?!
You fans are absolutely nuts. I think the "Wiz" got a break when Haywood and Stevenson weren't suspended! So suck it up.

Posted by: cavsfan1 | May 2, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Everyone bring diapers to the game. Everyone. I'm done with the league babying LeBron James.

Anyone sitting in my row will receive some brand new (promise they are not used) Huggies, courtesy of Barno.

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

Alright all you cry-babies stop boo-hooing so much. Do you really think Darius Songaila is going to doom your Wizrds to a loss? You got lucky in Cleveland with Butler making a ridiculous circus shot in the first half. I am sure that since you Wizards are soooooooooo much better than the Cavs and that since Lebron is sooooooooo overated that there is no way the Wizards can lose another game.

Actually I think the way the Wizards have trash talked and to play "Basket-Foot-ball" they will have no problems winning tonight. Just knock down Mr. OVERATED a few more times.

The Wizrds brought this on themselves with their physical game plan and trash talking in the first place.


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

Has anyone seen my pipe?

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

hahahahahahaha...fans of the league aren't losing respect for Lebron, they are however, losing respect for the Wizards and all the excuses they are making

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

To all wizards fans currently posting on this topic: Have fun watching the game at "The Fireplace" tonight. Ya bunch of whiners.

Posted by: cavsfan2 | May 2, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen my star forward?

Posted by: Brooklyn Nets | May 2, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Oh so let me get this...it's ok to strike someone with an open hand?! That makes it ok!? Are you kidding me?!?!"

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It's OK when you didn't actually do it, LeBron is the one who struck his own face using Songalia's hand. It was kind of like the reverse of "Quit hitting yourself." Only it was "quit hitting me."

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

"What a bunch of bull**** LeBron is such a baby. His mommy must not have spanked him enough as a child."

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She tried, but every time she lifted her hand in the air, he would flop down to the floor and then scowl at her.

Posted by: Duffman | May 2, 2008 2:16 PM

ROFL - funny as hell!

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

Dude,

This is playoff basketball, it is rough. You never saw MJ complain when the Bad Boys beat the crap out of him. He just worked harder. LeCrybaby Jane would never have survived the Bad Boys or the Pat Riley Knicks the way the real #23 did. BTW, MJ still owns Cleveland.

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

I tried the suggestion from a previous post to call the NBA office. I was continuously put on hold and forwarded to an already-full voice mail. I watch college BBall for this exact reason... to many what appear to be easy calls or no calls missed... like the final drive of James in game 5 where he was begging for a foul from Songaila, who was standing with his hands up. The continuing walking and whining of James make the series almost unwatchable... I was in San Antonio watching B-Bow hold and slap Stee Nash... and he was called an agressive defender and a defensive stopper. You can't breathe near James without havibg a foul called. When's Redskins minicamp!

Posted by: C-town... | May 2, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Another grade A example of the double standard for fouls in the NBA: one set of rules for the stars, another for everybody else.

The contact Songaila made was clearly accidental. The replay shows without a doubt that Darius' arm is tangled up with Lebron, and makes contact with Lebron after Lebron starts raising his own arm to get untangled.

If Songaila is suspended for an accidental slap, why isn't Lebron out for a clearly intentional elbow to Blatche's face in Game 1? Unbelievable.

Posted by: toughjuice3 | May 2, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

This is the type of crap which makes the nba infuriating and then unwatchable - it is blatantly obvious that the league office and officials are in the tank for LeBron. Ratings, yet again, are more important than the integrity of the game. TERRIBLE!

Posted by: mjwies 11, Washington, D.C. | May 2, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Actually I think the way the Wizards have trash talked and to play "Basket-Foot-ball" they will have no problems winning tonight. Just knock down Mr. OVERATED a few more times."

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You must be shrooming. Every time LeBron drives to the basket, he drops his shoulder and charges into the person defending him. The one or two times he actually gets called for it, he puts on the trademark "scowl." To turn around and bash the opposing team for "playing physical basketball" is the definition of hypocrisy.

Posted by: Duffman | May 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

complete and absolute BS. and not surprising. that ticks me off. hopefully that motivates them more tonight to bring the tough juice to the court.

Posted by: F LeBron | May 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I tell you what i just read through these posts and it's absolutely funny! I was at game 5 and there were questionable calls both ways...face it...and beside your team won...what's with all the crybaby crap!? Here's a thought grow up and act your age! And really liked the post about going "pearl harbor" on LeBrons knees...very classless....

Posted by: cavsfan1 | May 2, 2008 2:17 PM

LeBron deserves no class after all this acting. So PEARL HARBOR his knees AWAY!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

i'm not done. BOYCOTT anything the Princess is selling. bring any sig sneaks to be burned. he is the biggest Wannabe i've ever seen and Stern has bought it. DC BOYCOTT Princess James.

Posted by: devans | May 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone pick me up before the game..i will be over at the Washington Middle School for girls..I am helping some of the girls with some extracurriculars...

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

This is such a joke. Basketball is a girl's sport. They should make these guys play in skirts.

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

game 5 of last year's ECF.

Can any wizard put up that kind of game?

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

hahahahahahaha...fans of the league aren't losing respect for Lebron, they are however, losing respect for the Wizards and all the excuses they are making

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 2:23 PM
lebron is without a doubt the most despised sports figure - except for cleveland - everyone else thinks he's a spoiled, whiny, wussy, cry baby, drama queen - boards/blogs/articles all over the internet talk about him being the most hated and despised star ever - people are going on an on an on about how much respect they've lost for him in this series and what a disgrace and a baby he is - but hey cleveland fans - don't worry, when he opts out and goes running to new york - you'll hate his guts too

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"And really liked the post about going "pearl harbor" on LeBrons knees...very classless...."

Posted by: cavsfan1 | May 2, 2008 2:17 PM

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This guy brings up a good point, we as Wizards fans should do our best to learn about what it truly means to have class. I turn to Cavs fans for examples of such class...

Let's see...

"Can anyone pick me up before the game..i will be over at the Washington Middle School for girls..I am helping some of the girls with some extracurriculars..."

Posted by: DeShawn Stevenson | May 2, 2008 2:30 PM

There you have it, Wizards fans, be more like this guy ^^^ If you want to be classy.

Posted by: Duffman | May 2, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"cavs fans are whiners". funny. why don't you just scroll up and take a look at all the whining you wizards fans are doing. your players are actually starting to play basketball so why don't you start to be real fans.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This Lebaby bias sucks!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Has anyone seen my Yankees hat?

Posted by: LeBron James | May 2, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a prime example of why the NBA is accused of being fixed. There were at least 4 other flagrant fouls (Heywood in Game 2, Lebron's elbow on Blatche in Game 1, Verajao's take down of Blatche in Game 2, and Stevenson's flagrant foul in Game 4) that were far worse than the accidental contact.....LeBron is a total crybaby who didn't even know where he was hit after the play.

I can't use the colorful language I'd like to on this blog, but the NBA and Stu Jackson should be ashamed....they've essentially deprived a shorthanded team of one of its 8 rotation players in an effort to rectify mistakes made earlier in the series by the league office. Suspend LeBron for tonight for elbowing Blatche in the face if you're going to suspend Songaila, but you can't have it both ways.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 2, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Biggest loser from this suspension: LeBron. The incident is going to get replayed over and over on all the talking-head sports shows. To create some friction and boost ratings, half of the "analysts" are going to have to take the "LeBron is a faker" side. LeBron is going to come away looking pathetic and weak.

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

I tell you what i just read through these posts and it's absolutely funny! I was at game 5 and there were questionable calls both ways...face it...and beside your team won...what's with all the crybaby crap!? Here's a thought grow up and act your age! And really liked the post about going "pearl harbor" on LeBrons knees...very classless....

Posted by: cavsfan1 | May 2, 2008 2:17 PM

LeBron deserves no class after all this acting. So PEARL HARBOR his knees AWAY!

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 2:30 PM

Make sure you put your full weight into it, he is after all 6'9" 260lbs. He acts like he's hurt but really he's not. So make sure it's not an act when you do go for them!!! GO WIZ!!!!!

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

"And really liked the post about going "pearl harbor" on LeBrons knees...very classless...."

Posted by: cavsfan1 | May 2, 2008 2:17 PM

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This guy brings up a good point, we as Wizards fans should do our best to learn about what it truly means to have class. I turn to Cavs fans for examples of such class...

Let's see...

"Can anyone pick me up before the game..i will be over at the Washington Middle School for girls..I am helping some of the girls with some extracurriculars..."

Posted by: DeShawn Stevenson | May 2, 2008 2:30 PM

There you have it, Wizards fans, be more like this guy ^^^ If you want to be

Yeah..like this was classy

as anyone seen my pipe?

Posted by: Gloria | May 2, 2008 2:23 PM

If you don't like the truth that you have accused rapist on your team...I can't blame you. At least it was against your players not their mom...

Posted by: re Duffman | May 2, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I am a huge wizards fan but when I read this blog or go to games I am ashamed to be one. We have some of the worst fans in basketball. Songalia sucks!! Stu Jackson and the league made the right call. Wizards fans are all one sided. The haywood flagrant 2 earlier in the series was ridiculous but this I understand. Intentional or not he hit him in the face which is a one game suspension. Quit crying and play the game

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

LeWhine

LeTravel

LeCry

LeBaby

LeDouche

LePunk

LeActor

LeComplain...

these are few of my favorites I've seen on here. keep it up, people! i hope some of these make national media attention. my fav' probably wouldn't make it.

LeDouche

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!

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

After we win tonight I will be hosting the after party with my special guests Troop #33 from the Washington area Girl Scouts. It will be ending at 10 oclock since most of the girls parents will be picking them up from my house around that time.

Posted by: Deshaun Stevenson | May 2, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: re stenson | May 2, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget Lehova Witness

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

How many times does something like this need to happen before media starts questioning the legitimacy of the NBA and NOT taking Lebrons side!!!!!????? UNREAL.

It truly makes it VERY difficult to enjoy the worst pro sport league in the world... I wonder if soccer is on tonight???

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

I just bought a white Ford Ecoline van, the version with no windows.

I figured since I am a convicted rapist, I might as well drive a kidnapper van.

Posted by: DeShawn Stevenson | May 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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Biggest loser from this suspension: LeBron. The incident is going to get replayed over and over on all the talking-head sports shows. To create some friction and boost ratings, half of the "analysts" are going to have to take the "LeBron is a faker" side. LeBron is going to come away looking pathetic and weak."

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 2:36 PM

Just like A-Rod trying to swat the ball out of the glove of the Red Sox player trying to apply the tag. Bad karma.

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

I just wanna know how many of the "cavs fans" on here were fans before LeBrick...

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

We've got to get word to DeShawn: Instead of the "I can't feel my face" tonight he should just grab his left arm with his right hand and then slap himself in the face (lightly, of course). Then act like he can't believe it happened, pout a little and maybe even complain to the refs. But he'll probably get suspended for game 7 if he does.

Posted by: [cc] | May 2, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Best revenge for this treatment of our team?

A win tonight.

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

The NBA obvious favoritism should be investigated. How can they pick one player and say any contact to his head warrants suspension? What about the other nine players on the court? This mean any contact whatsoever with LeBaby leads to suspension? So he can duck his head and charge like a running back and anyone that touches him is ejected? LeBaby should be ashamed the league has to make special rules for him to succeed. LeBaby is a bigger flopper than any soccer player. I've watched the Songalia replay a thousand times and it's difficult to make out any contact, and it is clearly not initiated by Songailia. What a sham.
Michael Jordan never whined, never cried, never flopped, and never showed anything but respect for his opponents. Lebron James, you are no Michael Jordan. Nike marketing campaign do not predetermine your fate. We saw the NFL throw all it's marketing money into Mike Vick, claiming he would change the game, then abandon him when he got in trouble. The same may happen to James, unless he can win a title, which will never happen in Cleveland, the sorriest sports town on Earth.
The NBA should want the Wizards to win because LeBaby doesn't have a shot against Boston or Detroit, and Washington could make those series' competitive and longer. No matter what the scenario, eventually LeBaby will go home crying. What a wuss.

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

game 5 of last year's ECF.

Can any wizard put up that kind of game?

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 2:32 PM

are you smacked or something? ever heard of "Gilbert Arenas?" Sure he's not doing much right now but when healthy he's been known to give you 40, 50, or *gasp* 60 point games!

get familiar.

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

Hey, have you guys heard that DeShawn Stevenson was charged with statutory rape when he was 18? I just wasn't sure if you guys had heard...

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

To all wizards fans currently posting on this topic: Have fun watching the game at "The Fireplace" tonight. Ya bunch of whiners.

Posted by: cavsfan2 | May 2, 2008 2:26 PM

Obviously you don't know DC very well. The Fireplace would not have the game on. Remington's would put it on. Nellie's would reluctantly put it on, in much the same way your mother reluctantly lets your father wear her coral neglige to the dinner table.

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

"Just like A-Rod trying to swat the ball out of the glove of the Red Sox player trying to apply the tag. Bad karma."

Man i wish I had some Karma like that. He won the MVP right after that. Just like lebron will win many in his career. Wizards fans are pathetic

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

I've been a cavs fan since the days of price, dorought, nance, williams..the awful trade for ferry that got rid of ron harper..thru the shot..the days with t brandon..thu Z's foot injuries..thru the year we posted that ugly losing season that got us the lottery win for lebron...

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I just wanna know how many of the "cavs fans" on here were fans before LeBrick...

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 2:42 PM

People in Ohio could not give a sh*t about the NBA. And it will go back to being that way once LeBron goes to Brooklyn.

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

"hahahahahahaha...fans of the league aren't losing respect for Lebron, they are however, losing respect for the Wizards and all the excuses they are making"

I'm a wizards fan and this man is correct. Watch any show tnt, around the horn, PTI anything with sports analysts and they dont say anything bad about Lebron they just laugh at the wizards. We are the one's who look pathetic in all of this.

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

So if you have been a Cavs fan for so long you will remember that MJ is the real #23 and still rules the Cleveland Steamers.

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

I am losing some respect for LeBron. I never remember him crying for fouls so often.

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

Let's see the difference, Lebron James one of the best players in the NBA and Andre Blatche ranked( oops that right he's not ranked). James' value is worth Blathce, Songalia and the rest of the Wizards bench combined. You notice the league only talked about the star getting hit in the face. Maybe if the Wiz had a star they could complain!.............LOL!

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

LeWalk

LeStep

LeTears

LeDumbface or LeUgly (Mostly seen when a play was not beneficial to him)

I knew David Stern was getting lessons from Lebron on his skills.

"The LeHandjob"

Lebron gives it to jay-z, david stern gives it to everyone who has an advertisment in his league.

David Stern, what a tool!

HAHAHA

LeTool

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

,i>"Oh so let me get this...it's ok to strike someone with an open hand?! That makes it ok!? Are you kidding me?!?! "

Uh ... no. it's not ok. That's why he got the technical foul when it happened. But to suggest he deserved to be ejected or suspended for punching Lebron is not only flatly wrong, it flies in the face of the NBA's own stated rules on the issue.

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

fire David Stern. The NBA really want Wizzards to loose. No matter how hard Lebrond foul other player, he won't get rejected.

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

best post all day so i'm gonna repeat it for everyone (courtesy of fishercob):

1) Call the NBA office at 212-407-8000
2) Ask to be connected to Stu Jackson's office
3) Ask if Mt. Jackson is available. When your told that he is not, ask if you could please have his voicemail. When the assistant asks for your name, man up and give your real name
4) Leave a **clean** and **tactful** message, expressing your outrage at this decision. *Offer no personal attacks or insults on Stu Jackson.* Leave your real name and a number where he can reach you if he wishes to discuss further.

The NBA needs to understand that its paying customers will not stand for this nonsense. Please, follow these steps responsibly.

Go Wiz.

Posted by: fishercob | May 2, 2008 1:13 PM


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

I didn't see many people wearing Craig Ehlo's jersey in Cleveland the other night...

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

Associated Press story that ran in the St. Louis Dispatch on January 18, 1988 under the headline: "Jordan: Pistons tried to hurt me." Michael Jordan, the National Basketball Association's leading scorer, claims the Detroit Pistons deliberately tried to hurt him. Jordan made his strong comments after the Bulls' 115-99 fight-marred victory over the Pistons on Saturday night. Jordan was the victim of rough physical treatment from Detroit's Rick Mahorn and Adrian Dantley in the second half. Jordan was grabbed around the neck and..."

This was posted in a live Cavs fan chat on another website (not sure about legalities of posting urls):

I'm old enough to have been around in the 1980s, and I was covering the Cavs home and away when Detroit's Bad Boys reveled in piling up flagrant fouls. Jordan wasn't the only one who complained. The Cavs made the same charge when Mahorn blind-sided Mark Price with an elbow to the side of the head. The play was at least 40 feet away from the ball. Price suffered a concussion. That was in 1989. In another game, Bill Laimbeer got into it with Brad Daugherty, and Cavs GM Wayne Embry ran on to the court, looking for a piece of the action. The Boston Celtics, especially Robert Parish, battled with the Pistons. Boston and Cleveland were just two of the teams (along with Chicago's Phil Jackson and Jordan) who complained that Detroit was going to injure someone severely.


I got this from here.. http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/blog/index.ssf/2008/04/terry_plutos_halftime_scribble_1.html

So can you wiz fans shut up about saying James..Mike Brown shouldn't complain.. Its part of the game..and if they don't have a legit point in their complaints..no one is gonna listen anyways..

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

This is some sh*t. Though, I shouldn't be surprised because after all...this is the NBA's Queen we are dealing with here.

Posted by: B.A.M. | May 2, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The NBA has been pampering star players since the early 80's. I remember the NBA finals between houston and boston watching Hakeem the dream score 31 points in the first half only to pick up 3 fouls in the first five minutes of the second half to ensure that houston did not take game 1 in boston. We all know that the spurs is Sterns favorite based on how they suspended two starters for Phoenix in last years WCF. Then the refs allowed Bruce Bowen and Ginobli to manhandle everyone they check including Lebron in the finals. We all remember the last minute of the 98 finals when MJ was allowed to get away with a hack on Malone to steal the ball as well as a push on the hip on Russell to swish the game winner in plain view of the refs. I laugh every time I see the highlight of MJ pushing off because it so obvious it actually takes away from the moment. Lets not even talk about how Stern refused to investigate his own refs for being in casinos after the Ref was indicted for fixing the outcome of games. Its a beter's league and the money is on Cleveland beating the Wiz, the celtics pistons and cavs battling for the right to go to the finals to meet the lakers or spurs. They would prefer to have lakers celtics. They wanted the suns to beat the Spurs because the spurs aren't a sexy matchup like the suns vs Lakers. Imagine Shaq vs Kobe for the right to go to the finals. Ratings also plays a part. The only people in America that want to see the wizards win over Lebron are us local wizards fans. America wants to see Lakers Celtics with Lebron, Chris Paul, the Spurs then Detroit in that order.

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

"lebron is without a doubt the most despised sports figure - except for cleveland - everyone else thinks he's a spoiled, whiny, wussy, cry baby, drama queen - boards/blogs/articles all over the internet talk about him being the most hated and despised star ever - people are going on an on an on about how much respect they've lost for him in this series and what a disgrace and a baby he is - but hey cleveland fans - don't worry, when he opts out and goes running to new york - you'll hate his guts too"


I'm a wizards fan and this is just hilarious. Lebron is one of the most loved sports stars not only in this country but in the entire world.

You want despised try some one like Kobe or Randy Moss.

I just would like to let all the cleveland fans on here know that not all the wizards fans are whiny little cry babies its only the one's on this blog.

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

I'm fan from the Autin Carr days and have stood by them continously. If you know anything about Cleveland their fans are loyal...all sports.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing compared to Le Bron's run into the middle and beg for a foul call every time. He initiates the contact at least 70% of the time, and Wiz try to stand their ground and its a foul.

Posted by: Joe O | May 2, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I've been a cavs fan since the days of price, dorought, nance, williams..the awful trade for ferry that got rid of ron harper..thru the shot..the days with t brandon..thu Z's foot injuries..thru the year we posted that ugly losing season that got us the lottery win for lebron...

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:46 PM

Does this make you legit or certified? Take that self righteous crap somewhere else. Better yet, take it back to that dirty toilet bowl, full of douche bags, city you call Cleveland, rat boy.

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

I do agree that the reffing in the nba is far from fair and in no way consistent. I think its ashame as the refs really just suck. Absolutely inconsistent.

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS BULL DOO-DOO!
He did not strike him in the face. Lebron is a CRY BABY. Their hands were tangled and when he tried to pull away LeBron made that OMG you hit me look and this is all CRAP! Someone really needs to punch him in the face and let them duke it out.

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

MJ still owns Cleveland and you may also sya that John Elway owns Cleveland, but I can't think of anyone in DC or in particular on this team who rules Cleveland.

LeBron will go in and score another 30+ with all the whiny Wiz fans screaming at him and all the Wizards trying to tackle him when he takes it to the hole.

Grow up!! If Darius Songaila is such a big loss to the Wizards then they really do suck!!

I am waiting for one of the Wizrds to get called for a face-mask because I really do believe they think they are Football players.

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

Total outrage. Bron gets nothing for the biggest hit of the series (elbow to Dray's chin), and Darius gets suspended for nothing?
Total outrage.

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

WTF..I only posted that cus one of you Wiz fans asked if we cavs fans were only fans since James...

I've been a cavs fan since the days of price, dorought, nance, williams..the awful trade for ferry that got rid of ron harper..thru the shot..the days with t brandon..thu Z's foot injuries..thru the year we posted that ugly losing season that got us the lottery win for lebron...

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:46 PM

Does this make you legit or certified? Take that self righteous crap somewhere else. Better yet, take it back to that dirty toilet bowl, full of douche bags, city you call Cleveland, rat boy.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 2:55 PM

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I just would like to let all the cleveland fans on here know that not all the wizards fans are whiny little cry babies its only the one's on this blog.

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

I am so stunned, I am speecheless! Lebron has cried since game one that the Wizards were out to hurt him. So now the NBA/Stern is his protector. I have to give it to the Cavs. They sold a bushel of horsesh**t and Stern bought it. Now they can foul the hell out of us but we can't even touch the A**hole or look at him without fear of being ejecte. You tell me how the hell are they supposed to play under those conditions. I am just pissed. Nothing more to say.

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

Anderson V could teach Vlade Divac a thing or two about acting...lol

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

I just wanted to chip in two cents about this whole thing. DeShawn was wronging saying that Lebron is overrated because he's not but he's a big baby. He whines so much and gets away with it because of who he is. Let's just say this, MJ could take it like a man, isn't that supposed to be James' hero.

There is no reason that Darius should be suspended for that play. At first I thought he had hit him in the face but looking back at replays while Darius is trying to get his arm untangled James lifts his arm up so that Darius had no chance not to hit him. Lebron hits himself and then complains about it. He needs to grow up.

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

""Just like A-Rod trying to swat the ball out of the glove of the Red Sox player trying to apply the tag. Bad karma."

Man i wish I had some Karma like that. He won the MVP right after that. Just like lebron will win many in his career. Wizards fans are pathetic"

Karma to be the first to lose a series after being up 3-0. Karma to end your hated rival's nearly century-long curse. Karma to not win a title year after year despite the biggest payroll in the league.

LeBron can have the MVP for all I care, as long as the Wiz win games 6 and 7.

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

they've essentially deprived a shorthanded team of one of its 8 rotation players in an effort to rectify mistakes made earlier in the series by the league office.
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agreed. it was clearly unintentional. and believe it or not, the stevenson swipe was ill advised, but still going for the ball (and it wasn't a fist either.) and not worthy of suspension. The haywood was the only wizard foul that was on that level of unacceptable.

And darius is a bigger factor than people give him credit for. if anybody who says he isn't a big deal watched the games, they would see scrappy play and relentless energy. and someone needs to pull up a +/- stat on wizards assists when he's on the floor...how many times has good ball movement culminated with a pass to songaila who finishes a tough layup.

he's a good player, and makes more of a difference than many of the mediocre role players on the Cavs bench.

On another note, let's see lebron get suspended for his elbow and both teams play without their top all star. too bad there's no money in a game like that for the nba.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"I tried the suggestion from a previous post to call the NBA office. I was continuously put on hold and forwarded to an already-full voice mail." -- From C-Town at 2:28 p.m.

C-Town, I, too, called the NBA office. Asked for Stu Jackson's office and spoke to some guy ??? answering his phone. Asked if Mr. Jackson was fielding calls about the Songalia suspension; he asked me what I would like to say. After my well-reasoned presentation, I concluded by saying that the NBA is really straining its credibility by expecting us to believe that it is behaving in a fair and nonpartisan manner, especially concerning all things lebron. Told "this guy" that the NBA was doing as much, if not more, to tarnish "its image" as Tim Donaghy had done. He then transferred me to some voice mail box that delivered the message: "this mail box does not subscribe to the NBA system." (Called back, only to go straight to some other assistant's voice mail.) Guess that tells me how much the NBA [really] CARES.

At any rate, every player tonight has to remain focused; play hard; and play smart. We can (and should) beat this team. Won't the victory tonight be sweeter, prevailing in a game that the NBA tried so hard to take away from us.

In addition to all the other lunacy we have to endure, why wasn't the cleveland fan who threw the towel at Deshawn during Game 5 ejected? Is that tolerated everywhere -- or just at The Q?

Posted by: Mottox | May 2, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 2:51 PM

its not even worth posting your entire lame-ass comment, jackass. why are you posting here anyway? cleveland is so great, why don't you find a CAVALIERS blog of the ClevSucks influence, and stay the hell off here, pal?

Posted by: not a d*ck ridin', bandwagon jumping cavaliers fan | May 2, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I just would like to let all the cleveland fans on here know that not all the wizards fans are whiny little cry babies its only the one's on this blog.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I watch the games for entertainment..I post here for entertainment...Boy is it fun seeing you guys get so worked up...

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"LeBron can have the MVP for all I care, as long as the Wiz win games 6 and 7."

There is a 0% chance the wizards win both games. Keep dreaming wizards fans


Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Caron took four one-half steps - two forward and a hop/skip/jump to win the game - THAT was a travesty

And Songalia clearly had a pause and then backhanded LeBron in the face - only LeBron haters see otherwise

Posted by: heywiz | May 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I just would like to let all the cleveland fans on here know that not all the wizards fans are whiny little cry babies its only the one's on this blog

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE.

There's not anything else to say.

Posted by: Lou | May 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The NBA is fixed and trying to save itself from dying. More and more fans are disgusted at the salaries, the behavior of the "big baby" players, and the aggregious favoritism by the NBA fron office.

Fans reaction should be to just walk away from the games. Walk away from Game 6 and let LeBron "Big Baby" play to an empty stadium. Zards are going nowhere anyway.

Posted by: AWWNats | May 2, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Best revenge for this treatment of our team?

A win tonight.

Posted by: Keithinator | May 2, 2008 2:42 PM

Good one Keithinator! That is all that will matter tonight, regardless of who's right and who's wrong. It will all be forgotten in a week - sad but true. The NBA will go on making money, and we will continue forking our money over.

Fire in your eyes, ice in your veins!
Go Wizards!

Posted by: rgz | May 2, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

heywiz....well he did travel but he only took 3 steps and in this league it was a minor travel. If you want to complain about a travel look at the 4 or 5 step travel lebron had from a couple years ago that was a travesty

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow, unbelieveable.

Lebron has his ass kissed by everyone in the NBA's front office. The Wiz have no chance of winning this series because of this.

Unreal.

Lebron should get a tattoo of a bullseye on his butt with "David Stern" written below it.

I'm in shock, and I know I shouldn't be.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | May 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"So can you wiz fans shut up about saying James..Mike Brown shouldn't complain.. Its part of the game..and if they don't have a legit point in their complaints..no one is gonna listen anyways.."

Sure...just as soon as you can provide some evidence that the Wizards "tactics" even come close to approaching the way the Pistons used to play the game. If you are honest with yourself, you know that can't be proven because it isn't remotely the case, but thanks for playing the game. We have some outstanding parting gifts for you.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If I were at the game tonight, I would be holding a sign reading:

"Tim Donaghy works in the NBA League Office."

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Everyone relax, just sit down, have a smoke, drink some tap water. The Wizards are just not very good. Lot of good players,yes. Good team? no.

I'm sorry, beating the cavs or not, they are not a good basketball team. Could they be good? maybe. Are they good? no.

The cavs? about the same, except we have the Chosen One, who will bring peace to the Force. And you have...that Zero dude. I think Charles barkely said it best: Zero is a great shooter, but when he doesn't have the ball...he kills the teams flow. Although Lebron is a great passer, he's so good, he sometimes stifles the rest of the team. I dunno, they stand around and act like they never saw a basketball courts before.

Actually, Zero would be a great fit with the Cavs. Maybe we should sign him next year.

Posted by: LE WINNER | May 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

All the wizards cry baby fans on this site make me ashamed to be a wizards fan.....anyways who cares its darius freaking songalia. If we lose the series b/c of DARIUS SONGALIA then we didn't even deserve to win in the 1st place. If the wiz have such a problem with it they should use it as motivation to win instead of cryig like EJ.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Look does Lebron whine? Sure, but no more than Antonio "i'll make a fake smile and laugh everytime a calls goes against me/us" Danials and Antwan "what the heck is wrong with my eyebrows" Jamison. Face it the NBA if full of players that cry after every shot. I would like every one of them to STFU and play.

Posted by: whos your daddy dc | May 2, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Eddie, nothing to lose tonight. Throw everything and everyone at the Cavaliers. And that means Dominic swatting away some Boobie balls, Nick dunking on Lebron, and Andray blocking some Lebron layups.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

In response to the Wizards fans being whiners I will say that is not true for me. I appreciate good basketball and I have often said that plays should have been called against us that weren't. DeShawn is a perfect example. He should have been suspended. When the refs let the hype of a series and emotions get involved it's not good basketball anymore.

Posted by: Mikey | May 2, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Eddie should shut his sub-.500 playoff-record mouth and figure out a way to seal up the paint before Avery Johnson comes and takes his job.

Posted by: Jason | May 2, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

great post anon


All the wizards cry baby fans on this site make me ashamed to be a wizards fan.....anyways who cares its darius freaking songalia. If we lose the series b/c of DARIUS SONGALIA then we didn't even deserve to win in the 1st place. If the wiz have such a problem with it they should use it as motivation to win instead of cryig like EJ.

Posted by: timmy | May 2, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"All the wizards cry baby fans on this site make me ashamed to be a wizards fan.....anyways who cares its darius freaking songalia. If we lose the series b/c of DARIUS SONGALIA then we didn't even deserve to win in the 1st place. If the wiz have such a problem with it they should use it as motivation to win instead of cryig like EJ."

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It doesn't matter who it is, losing a man is your rotation is losing a man in your rotation. Those minutes gotta be filled by someone, and it will mean less rest for the rest of the players he would have rotated with, which could translate into end-game fatigue.

Posted by: Duffman | May 2, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad the Wiz don't have a wealthy advocate like Mark Cuban. If what is happening to the Wiz happened to Cuban, you know there'd be some serious fireworks.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This may be the most asinine interpretation of intent ever. Everyone knows that incidental contact is going to occur throughout the game, so the NBA must truly believe that DS was intent on hitting LJ in the mouth. All things considered I think they must have been watching a different game. It was an accident, and it wasn't even a big deal, I've been hit harder by a rain drop.

Posted by: David | May 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Also, how about the stuff that happened at the mall in Cleveland. If DeShawn hadn't been with other plays he would have gotten hit not just taunted. The whole name calling thing shouldn't have been done but what's done is done and people need to learn to let it go.

Posted by: Mikey | May 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Eddie should shut his sub-.500 playoff-record mouth and figure out a way to seal up the paint before Avery Johnson comes and takes his job."


Love this post I pray Avery is on his way. Even though it is going to be very annoying to listen to his voice during press conferences.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"So can you wiz fans shut up about saying James..Mike Brown shouldn't complain.. Its part of the game..and if they don't have a legit point in their complaints..no one is gonna listen anyways.."

Sure...just as soon as you can provide some evidence that the Wizards "tactics" even come close to approaching the way the Pistons used to play the game. If you are honest with yourself, you know that can't be proven because it isn't remotely the case, but thanks for playing the game. We have some outstanding parting gifts for you.

You're right...The qiz tactics are no wear new close..The Detoit Pistions were known as a defensive team all season long. They have always been a defensive team..They have never been a winning team without their defense. The Wizards are not a defensive team They have stepped up a lot this year from what I hear, but they still are better known for their offensive. So when an offensive team starts to have hard fouls..because they are not a defensive minded team first, they start making bad fouls that are flagrant and deserving to be ejected..deserving to get at least a technical.

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, what are the chances that BTH will be fouled out early. Very likely. Then Big Z will have his way.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 2, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jason -- what's Avery Johnson's playoff record?? Hint -- it isn't good.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"I've been hit harder by a rain drop."

When I get hit by a raindrop, I grab my throat and grimace in pain.

Posted by: LeBron | May 2, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

So we need special rules to protect a guy 6 foot 9, 260 pounds that probably runs a 4.5 40, an all american high school football player by his junior season, has no body fat and 23 years old? Bill Lambeer and Rich Mahorn must be turning over in their graves.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"Hey Jason -- what's Avery Johnson's playoff record?? Hint -- it isn't good."

Avery Johnson got to the finals and if Dirk and the mavs werent a bunch of chocking dogs they would have a ring. What has EJ done in the playoffs? I know for a fact his playoff record is much worse than Avery Johnsons

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

its really strange that DS is getting suspended for this but Jason Kidd isnt suspended for grabbing Pargo by the head and pulling him down to the floor while in mid air. i was sure Kidd was getting a long suspension for that. bu DS getting suspended for an incidental slap? something smells fishy

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

This is for the Wizard fans. Sometimes the truth hurts. The Wiz are very fortunate that they have not had other players suspended in this series. As a fan of the game, if your game plan is to play smash mouth basketball then you also have to accept the penalties associated with it. As for LeBron James, the guy is not a crybaby. This guy has taken more hard fouls with no calls than probably anybody in the history of the game. He usually doesn't get calls because he is so strong. Consider yourself lucky that this series wasn't ended Wednesday night as the Cavaliers played very poorly.

Posted by: Mr. Neutral | May 2, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Agree. Songila? Seriously? who cares? Who the hell is he? A role player that doesn't suck? Is there a better way to describe him?

And the reffing isn't 100% pristine? yeah...and? so what? that's life, baby. LeBron is a crybaby and MJ never complained? Uhhhh, sorry, I think all MJ did was complain to and intimidate refs. Ever read the Jordan Rules? The guy was an ass on the court and off. teh SMartest thing Abe Pollen ever did was to fire his stupid ass.

The bottom line is that complaining isn't going to help the Wiz do anything but lose. Maybe if Szerbiac has made one more shot the cavs would have one? Yeah, but he DIDN'T. And that's just how it is. If one little call stops you from winning, then you deserve to lose. Grow up. No excuses.

You don't hear anyone from CLE whining about how LeBron gets whacked on the arm on almost every shot do you? No, you don't. So shut your pie holes, eat a half smoke and smoke some crack.

Posted by: Le Big Mac | May 2, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Please. Songaila's hit was the ultimate passive-aggressive act. Songaila hit him on purpose, knowing that Lebron probably wouldn't retaliate, since they would both be suspended and the effect on the Cavs would be much more than the effect on the Wizards. When James didn't retaliate, Songaila backtracked and claimed his slap was not on purpose. It was a win-win for Darius whether James struck back or not.

Posted by: Yanni | May 2, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"How was i to know she was 14..I couldn't even feel my face"

Posted by: DeShawn Stevenson | May 2, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Laimbeer tried to get dirty with Shaq? lol

Posted by: Rufus | May 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe Songlia not being allowed to play is the issue as much as why and for what he did. The Queen got touched and the Wizards lost an ear.

Posted by: B.A.M. | May 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This is like professional wrestling.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | May 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Mikey

Lebron mocking deshawn is no better than what deshawn is doing. They both remind me of T.O and Ocho-Cinco.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"So when an offensive team starts to have hard fouls..because they are not a defensive minded team first, they start making bad fouls that are flagrant and deserving to be ejected..deserving to get at least a technical."

So what you are saying is that teams not known for their defence aren't allowed to step up their defense in the playoffs. ridiculous

Posted by: Matt | May 2, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"You don't hear anyone from CLE whining about how LeBron gets whacked on the arm on almost every shot do you? "

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Wait...bwahaahahahahahahahahahaha

Funny stuff.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

First fo all I love all the smack talk and then no name associated to the comments... especially those threatening injury

Second, for anyone who thinks one teams whines more than the other is obviously a homer. LeBron complains to the officals just as much as Deshawn and Butler do. It goes both ways so everyone just needs to deal with it and move on.

Third, this is a basketball article... no need for personal attacks on any person or a city. GROW UP!!!!

Posted by: James | May 2, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

to say that darius songaila is a dirty player goes beyond all reason. ludicrous.

Posted by: Matt | May 2, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Uh, what's the record for number of responses to a Wiz blog posting?

Posted by: Pauly B. | May 2, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

So what you are saying is that teams not known for their defence aren't allowed to step up their defense in the playoffs. ridiculous

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No...I just think when you don't play a lot of d in the regular season, and you try to play physical d in the post season..Its harder to do it within the rules of the game. Ending in flag fouils and technicals.

I do applaud the wiz for stepping up their d..Even though I think they get away with some hard fouls...They really have brought some defensive intensity to their game.

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if Songalia has ever been assessed a flagrant before? I can't remember him ever giving a cheap foul or even arguing with an opponent.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Look DSong def. took a chippy poke at LeBron, like he was irritated by a bug, but a suspension??? And ets not forget the after the whistle foul shots they got at the end on the regular season that cost the Wiz home court.

Posted by: sigh | May 2, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"As for LeBron James, the guy is not a crybaby."

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No one who goes by the moniker "Mr. Neutral" would say this. You're talking about a guy who is infamous for flashing his trademark scowl every time a foul is called on him, and every time he drives to the basket and no foul is called on the other team.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if Songalia has ever been assessed a flagrant before? I can't remember him ever giving a cheap foul or even arguing with an opponent.

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Not sure about that...but he only plays 15 mpg...So it kinda limits the foul trouble he can get into.

Posted by: ok | May 2, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

There's no question that Songalia delivered a cheap shot, one of many in this series from both sides, but if the roles were reversed w/ Lebron delivering the shot, would he have been suspended? Not a chance. Ridiculous.

Posted by: A Travesty | May 2, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Its Ok. I understand cleveland fans are hungry for a championship. Lebron got swept last year, the cavs were always beaten by jordons bulls or larry's celtics in the 80's, the indians could never beat the yankees and once they finally did they choked against the braves who could not win a championship until they played bigger chokers than them, the poor browns fans still throw up at the mention of John Elway and lately OSU has been on the tail end of some butt whippings from teams they should have beaten. Even the guys killed in the brawl involving Ray Lewis were from Ohio. Ohio needs Lebron to win. Otherwise the only winner from Ohio would be Drew Carey. I think he won an emmy.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, you know what, the Wizards played well in G5. Really well. And they had some rough stuff in there (who cares) and they gutted out a great win. You ain't gonna get 2 in a row, but big ups to the Wiz for a well-played G5.

I intend to watch you all die a slow and awful death tonight, but give you all credit for hanging in there and not giving up.


Posted by: L. Bron Hubbard, Dean of the church of Dunketology | May 2, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"As a fan of the game, if your game plan is to play smash mouth basketball then you also have to accept the penalties associated with it."

So...what you're saying is that you haven't watched the series at all then, right? Reggie, is that you?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"There's no question that Songalia delivered a cheap shot,"

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Says who? There's plenty of question, watch the replay again, and tell me that LB doesn't lift Songalia's arm into his face. It even takes him a few seconds before he starts his play-acting like it hurt.

Posted by: Duffman | May 2, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

...and how ghey is that Lebron's little powder trick?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

sure are a lot of BS Cleveland fans here on wizards insider. my question is, where were all of the so-called fans when acts like Ricky Davis, and the shooter from Duke (Langdon?) was on your squad? yeah you were probably like this guy:

Mr. Neutral | May 2, 2008 3:16 PM
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who asked for your two cents gorilla ass wipe? keep your on-the-fence-ass comments to yourself. looking back at your comment, you signed it "Mr. Neutral", but your post refelected everything else but. You're clearly a "LeTravel Cavalier" fan. take that crab faced "cavs.fan" with you. maybe you two can argue who gets to slurp lebron first & longer.

fake cowboy fans = redskins insider =
fake cavalier fans = wizards insider.

"DC stand up!"
- Caron Butler

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

remember blatche's numbers when he started. he can produce, and he is a better rebounder and shot-blocker than darius. instead of the wiz worrying about our own foul trouble, we need to go out and attack the rim, and get Z in foul trouble!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Its funny, when first I saw the play I thought Songaila gave him an extra elbow for no reason. But watching the replay here, you can see Lebron lift Songaila's hand up to hit himself in the face. Pretty weird, and makes more sense, because Songaila has always seemed like kind of a sweetheart to me.

But this is being a fan in the NBA, right? Lebron butters the league's bread, and they know where their bread is buttered. Just like Seattle, its not about the fans, or "fair play", just cold hard cash. We're talking corporate freemarket, throw a good hardworking team in the trash to keep a star on tv a few more hours.

Posted by: Stern loves $$$ | May 2, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

us against the world

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Just win, baby!

Posted by: al davis | May 2, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

To hell with Queen Lebron and the Lebronettes. Wiz, do the best you can with what you have and gut out a win. Everyone attending the game should voice their displeasure every time that soft SOB touches the ball. I hope they both feel good tonight when they lay head down to sleep knowing they have cost somebody a days pay. Arsehole! Him and the town crier Brown. But you know what, I believe in Karma and what goes around comes around. And payback is mother.......


GO WIZARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The worse thing about this is that if DSong was going to get suspended, fined, docked a paycheck, whatever, he should have at least got his money's worth....not some stupid tap on Lebron "Glass Jaw" James that was caused by Lebron.

I've never seen any MVP candidates out there act like a sissy boy like he did after the touch foul. I'm surprised the trainers didn't rush out and start immediate immobilization of his neck and jaw, get an IV in his arm, and check his pupils.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

All of the morons questioning Songaila's importance to the big picture are missing the point. Where would the Cavs be without LeBron James? At the bottom of Lake Erie. Well the Wizards have played the whole year and most of the playoffs without their best player. They've also missed half their center-tandem. That leaves them stretched pretty !@#$ thin, so yes, losing Darius Songaila hurts, a lot.

Posted by: Paul | May 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Being displaced Bulls fan in DC it is sweet to say MJ rules Cleveland. Six rings, ZERO rings.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I AM SO CONFUSED as to why Cavs fans are questioning Lebron being a crybaby.

Did you fools miss the press conference where Lebron literally CRIED and claimed that everyone was trying to hurt him? LMAO!!!!

Did you miss the part where Lebron grabbed his throat like he was choking after Songaila's hand grazed the top of his HEAD because Lebron yanked his arm toward it?

Did you miss the part after Lebron tried to take the game winning basket Wed but did his typical take 4 steps charge into a planted Songaila and then CRY to the refs about not getting a call, even though he fouled Caron Butler about 5 times in the minute prior where Caron NEVER ONCE COMPLAINED?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU DELUDED FOOLS?

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

From an ESPN.com chat with basketball writer J.A. Adande:

Denver, Co: What are you thoughts on the suspension of Songaila? Seemed to me he got tied up with Lebron, but nothing more. Worth a foul, maybe a Tech, but certainly not a suspension...especially when Songaila was hit in the face in the 4th by Big Z. Thoughts?

SportsNation J.A. Adande: (3:09 PM ET ) Can't wait any longer for this. In a word: ridiculous. A tech, sure. But if you're not going to suspend J Kidd for his head-grab takedown of Pargo, or suspend B. Haywood for knocking LeBron out of the air, how can you suspend Songaila for an elimination game for that little back-slap? I think the league was trying to let things go, didn't want to get accused of dictating the outcome of series, but then became afraid things were starting to get out of hand. So it chose Songaila to make an example out of. They don't realize that the inconsistent enforcement only makes things worse. Ask the Phoenix Suns, who are still mad about last year. And given the way things have gone this year, they have a right to be.

Posted by: Keithinator | May 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse


Okay, you Wiz radicals. After the first game, the Wizards had a little talk among themselves, and decided they needed to rough up the Cavs. It's well known that that was their plan of action. And, they carried it out. They boasted about it. The refs were ready for them.

R M Kraus
Cavs fan
Akron

Posted by: Robert M Kraus | May 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I bet that Lebron James could beat down any wizards player in a fight.

Not trying to start any crap on this forum.

Not trying to incite a flurry of retarded responses.

Not trying to instigate anything at all.

But he would kick Haywood's ass. And Antawn. And Caron too.. He'd get straight up AK-ron on y'all.

But I'm just sayin.

Not trying to start anything at all.

Just an innocent (factual) observation.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: 6' 9 | May 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Complete and utter bull crap. If anyone should have been suspended for that play then it should have been LeB... ONly one player tried to injure anyone on that play and it wasn't the big white stiff.

Unfortunately this is just a prelude to the hosing to come. Over/under on Haywood "fouls" in the 1st = 3.

Posted by: Pindar | May 2, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Help!1 They're trying to hurt Lebron James!!1!!!111!

Posted by: Lebron James | May 2, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Being displaced Bulls fan in DC it is sweet to say MJ rules Cleveland. Six rings, ZERO rings.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 3:33 PM

What's funny to me is that all the Cleveland fans telling Wiz fans to stop whining seem to have forgotten when Jordan was getting all the calls against their team. They said the same things we're saying now. When someone gets preferential treatment and it's not your guy, you don't like it. End of story.

Posted by: [cc] | May 2, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Boo Hoo!

the CAVS get all the calls!

Boo hoo!

Le bron is a whiner and keeps winning games!

boo hoo!

Why is it so unfair!!

Boo hoo!

Why does our team suck!!!!

Posted by: Captain Kleenex | May 2, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. Why bother watching. The golden age of the NBA is so over. The new "talent" is just yawn enducing. A bunch of babies.

Posted by: Tyler D | May 2, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

LOL are you joking?

Haywood would DESTROY Lebron in a fight.

He would rip his limbs from Lebron's frail body piece by piece.

How can you even begin to call Lebron, a guy who's been coddled since he was 11 or 12, TOUGH?

HAHAHA!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Danny, they're trying to hurt me!!!

Posted by: Lebron James | May 2, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Being displaced Bulls fan in DC it is sweet to say MJ rules Cleveland. Six rings, ZERO rings.

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 3:33 PM

What's funny to me is that all the Cleveland fans telling Wiz fans to stop whining seem to have forgotten when Jordan was getting all the calls against their team. They said the same things we're saying now. When someone gets preferential treatment and it's not your guy, you don't like it. End of story.


I'll tell you what, those Cavs teams (Price, Nance, Ehlo) were squeaky-clean. So it made sense to complain because MJ is a dirty crap-mouthed cehater. But he beat us fair and square.

And he sucked as a wizard..

Posted by: Cavs Old School | May 2, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Haywood makes it 5 minutes without picking up 2 cheapies, pindar.

All the while Ilgauskas will be pushing shoving and holding guys down going to the glass.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Haywood is a giant lump of sourdough.

Posted by: I mistakenly highed BredanHaywood as my bodyguard | May 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Okay, you Wiz radicals. After the first game, the Wizards had a little talk among themselves, and decided they needed to rough up the Cavs. It's well known that that was their plan of action. And, they carried it out. They boasted about it. The refs were ready for them."

No it's not well known. Eddie Jordan and Haywood made one or two comments about yeah we're going to foul rather than let him hit an easy layup. Every team says that.

Stop blowing things out of proportion Cavs fans. Your team is up, you have Lebron, come back to earth now. No one boasted about anything. If you truly believe any of what you're writing, please link to just ONE source, or shut the F up.

No one ever said ANYTHING about roughing the Cavs up. With regard to letting Lebron do his 5-step waltz to the rim? Yeah of course they're going to foul. You don't think Garnett will either??? Ok!!!

No one has said anything about hurting Lebron or boasted about it. Deshawn Stevenson said Lebron was overrated weeks ago, BEFORE this series, and that was after Lebron privately trashed Deshawn in front of his buddy Drew Gooden.

At least Deshawn has the cajones to say stuff in the open, not behind Lebron's phony back. Lebron comes to Love and even then he needs Jay Z to write horribly lyrics for him and DAMON JONES to trashtalk Deshawn for him. DAMON JONES. And you guys are complaining about talking.

Let me say that again.... DAMON JONES.

Please have some iota of a clue before positing a bunch of media fabricated exaggeration.

Thanks.

Posted by: True Zards Fan | May 2, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"I bet that Lebron James could beat down any wizards player in a fight."

No doubt. The Cavs starting 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all heavier than anyone on the Wizards except for Haywood. That's why it's so laughable that the Cavs are complaining about the rough play.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Haywood would destroy Lebron in a fight? Didn't Haywood lose a fight to your other center who is injured now? I don't think Haywood can fight. I would bet money on my 4 year old son over Haywood.

The Wizrds and their fans should take a lesson from team captains Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison. Those guys carry seem to carry themselves with class. They go out and try to take care of things on the court.

Posted by: Rich | May 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I bet that Lebron James could beat down any wizards player in a fight.

Not trying to start any crap on this forum.

Not trying to incite a flurry of retarded responses.

Not trying to instigate anything at all.

But he would kick Haywood's ass. And Antawn. And Caron too.. He'd get straight up AK-ron on y'all.

But I'm just sayin.

Not trying to start anything at all.

Just an innocent (factual) observation.

Just sayin'.


LOL lebron is the biggest poser on the planet - a total whiny baby - he steps towards a person but wouldn't dare risk chipping a nail - look how much he cries when he's barely touched - no doubt he would go running anytime there was a real fight - that's what babies do - run, hide and cry ...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Bad decision. For those of us who have been clammoring for Blatche to play more and abandon the "small ball", here's the chance. Haywood needs to stay out of foul trouble and Blatche needs to play with focus and energy. If he would do that consistently, Songaila would be nothing more than the 9th or 10th guy anyway.

Posted by: garg8050 | May 2, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Gorilla Ass-Wipe......that's funny. Just telling it like it is....you friggin 2 year old mama's boy. Take the thumb out of your mouth and TAKE A NAP before you get spanked...you TWIT.

FYI.....I use to like the Wizards until their COACH lost control of his team.

Posted by: Mr. Neutral | May 2, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Haywood would destroy Lebron in a fight? Didn't Haywood lose a fight to your other center who is injured now? I don't think Haywood can fight. I would bet money on my 4 year old son over Haywood.

The Wizrds and their fans should take a lesson from team captains Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison. Those guys carry seem to carry themselves with class. They go out and try to take care of things on the court.

Posted by: Rich | May 2, 2008 3:43 PM

From a cleveland fans who's arena chanted "**hole" on national TV - I find this holier than thou lecture to be hilarious and pathetic

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Honestly I would put $ on Earl Boykins kicking Lebron's ass in a fight. I read somewhere that Boykins benches like 300 pounds.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I mean the suspension is ridiculous considering all LeBron got was a flagrant, but honestly I think this is going to HELP the wizards. Songaila is terrible, he has no vertical and he was constantly getting out rebounded. Blatche is risky but he's more athletic and a better rebounder....I think this is going to help us...I hope they put in McGuire as well at times, he can rebound pretty well.

Posted by: Arun | May 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Gorilla-ass-wipe is pretty awesome actually..

Posted by: banana man | May 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, for those of you who think its a cheap shot; lolok again; their arms are WOUND together as they come down, when LeBron yanks his arm up and away it yanks Songaila's hand into his face. I didn't see it at first but it actually bears out what DS and EJ are saying, and makes the suspension not just egregious but actaully WRONG.

But Stern loves his $$$! He's somewhere on a trampoline, throwing casharound on ladies, using Seattle shaped toilet paper.

Now I'm wondering, with the warning the NBA gave the Wiz; if LeBron didn't know & do it on purpose, wasn't waiting for some chance to pull a Wizard hand into his face or a Wiz elbow to dive into to get somebody suspended. That would explain the quite instant fakey reaction; he was ready to play-act.

Posted by: Stern Loves $$$ | May 2, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy not to be emotionally attached to a rigged league. I can watch anything but the NBA. Its often closer to a soccer match with all the flopping than a real sport.

Posted by: Rigged | May 2, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

If you guys couldn't whine there would be no need for this board.
Next time you make the Play-offs, if in fact you do get back, don't announce to the world through every available outlet that you intend to beat up the other teams best player.
The Wizards proved in game 3 and 5 that they can play basketball but the die was cast already before the series started.
Like everyone I saw the play and the 100 replays and it looked to me that he did it on purpose. He should have been removed from the game at that time. If he was the Wizards probably lose and this never happens. Instead, even though the Cavs missed 15 lay-ups the Wizards just eeked out a win. If the Wizards did win Songilia probably isn't suspended and is ready to go tonight. He was suspended because he was allowed to play game 5.
If I'm Mike Brown I send Lebron at Haywood every time and Haywood is out in the first half.
If you all were half fair you wouldn't have been defending Stevenson's cheap shots and ridiculous show boating earlier in the series. You know you couldn't see fair if it was in your cereal bowl.
Lebron didn't complain to the the NBA. The NBA was watching and had warned that any contact above the shoulders would be dealt with harshly. Maybe Songilia is a victim of circumstances, maybe not.
What I do know is that if the Wizards felt they could deal with the Cavs straight up they would play basketball and not Hockey.
Now you know.

Posted by: NoWizardsFan | May 2, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and baseball and football (steroids? small reproductive organs?s?) are 100% clean and fair.

What's a strike zone again??

Posted by: NBA is too hard to handle!!! | May 2, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Bring me the broken nose of The King of Pussy!

Posted by: Unlucky | May 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke but no surprise. The NBA has long protected its superstars and "promoted" their advancement in the playoffs for TV ratings. LeBron can travel, he can hook someone, he can push off and he can take a shot 2 to 3 seconds after getting fouled and still get the foul shot. It was the same for Michael Jordan and Shaq. The rules don't apply to them. If LeBron doesn't advance in the playoffs, WHO would want to watch the Wizards in the next round?

Posted by: BT Virginia | May 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"don't announce to the world through every available outlet that you intend to beat up the other teams best player."

Link? Why do you Cavs people keep writing this without a single credible source?

Do you just repeat whatever Lebron says in a press conference?

Use an actual source to backup this junk you're accusing Wizards of. No one ever said anything about beating up, hurting, bla bla bla.

Just stop it, you're only confirming the stereotype of your city's peons lacking any type of critical thinking ability.

Posted by: TRUTH | May 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Songalia has man boobs!

Posted by: Wiz330 | May 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I have to say one thing for you Wiz fans..It is fun to banter with you.. Can't wait for tip off...hopefully it will be fun for all of us to watch, except of course at the the final buzzer...

Posted by: cavs.fan | May 2, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I intended to take the suggestion to call Stu Jackson at the league office and leave a clean and tactful message. I gave my full name. I was connected to two secretaries. The first simply transferred me without comment. The second asked my name, I gave my full name, which she asked me to repeat (and I did). She then asked what this was about, I told her it was about the suspension to Darius Songalia. I was connected to a voicemail box that gave me the following message:

"You have been forwarded to a voice mail box. The person at extension 7991 does not subscribe to this service."

And I was disconnected.

Bottom line: NBA doesn't give a damn about mine/your/our opinion and doesn't intend to even pretend to listen.

Posted by: J | May 2, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Banana man....you are correct...gorilla a-wipe was funny !!!!

As for NoWizardsFan.....You are right on !!! Sometimes Fans are blinded or delusional about their team and can't see the light.

GO LAKERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mr. Neutral | May 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hey Hey....Wizards fans,

When your talking about LeBron, please give respect like your talking about you mom......and um....blow the whistle.

Posted by: Blow the whistle | May 2, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Listen, what's the closest a theme park around here called? King's Dominion. that's right. You're all in the King's dominion. He owns you.

I might light up a lucky strike tonight. I was saving it for the Super Bowl, but hell, why not live a little.

Posted by: ex-smoker | May 2, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"Now I'm wondering, with the warning the NBA gave the Wiz; if LeBron didn't know & do it on purpose, wasn't waiting for some chance to pull a Wizard hand into his face or a Wiz elbow to dive into to get somebody suspended. That would explain the quite instant fakey reaction; he was ready to play-act."

Nonsense.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Keep it going guys!

Whiners getting offended because other whiners are whining that their whining ballplayers aren't bigger whiners than their opponents' whining ballplayers...

Ya'll act like ya'll getting some dough, out here defending a bunch of millionaires, as if they care about you. Attacking eachother's cities as if it had anything to do with anything.

Its entertainment, be entertained.

Oh yeah, wiz in 7.

And blow this whistle.

Posted by: jones-y | May 2, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Why wait till the morning of the game to suspend a player for something that happened two days ago?

It doesn't matter. The Cavs can't stop us.

Posted by: BULL CR-P | May 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Stern & crew are stupid if they think this act of blatant favoritism will either undermine the Wizards or give the (expletive withheld) Crapaliers an advantage.

Superior motivation is now ours, with not one but a team of Tough Juices.

Posted by: Unlucky | May 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Ya'll act like ya'll getting some dough, out here defending a bunch of millionaires, as if they care about you. Attacking each other's cities as if it had anything to do with anything.

Its entertainment, be entertained.

Oh yeah, wiz in 7.

And blow this whistle.

Oh, I'm entertained, alright. Been entertained for the last 3 years.

Posted by: Loves me some playoff wins | May 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Tough Juices?

really?

Posted by: Juice Master | May 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

wow...unbelievable.

Posted by: Wizzz | May 2, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I predict Lebron James will be injured.

Posted by: Unlucky | May 2, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The NBA doesn't have any referee's to fix their series anymore, so, now they have to resort to more bureaucratic methods. If the Wizards pull this upset off, that would be so sweet.

Posted by: BMAC | May 2, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

And the building will shake with laughter.

Posted by: Unlucky | May 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hey Hey....Wizards fans,

When your talking about LeBron, please give respect like your talking about you mom......and um....blow the whistle.

Posted by: Blow the whistle | May 2, 2008 3:57 PM

LOL my mom has more balls than lebron - he's a cry baby, drama queen - he deserves nothing but ridicule and scorn

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

What cracks me up on the whining about the Lebron elbow is that Blatche had already forearmed Lebron in the face about 2 plays earlier. He was coming over again to whack Lebron as hard as he could and Lebron decided he was going to put his elbow out there to stop him.

The Wizards started all of this with theri trash talking and 'hard foul' approach. You reap what you sew

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan needs to send Pecherov or McGuire into the game early to put a corresponding Cavalier, preferably one of their thugs like Ilgauskas or Varejao, into the stanchion and out of the series for good.

This really stinks of fix. I saw that play a hundred times and there is no way on earth it is deserving of a suspension or even a technical foul. Darius Songaila has become an essential part of the Wizards on both offense and defense, and his contribution is quiet but pivotal.

I hope Blatche has the game of his young life.

Posted by: Woody Smith | May 2, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't talk too much about LeBron and your mom. We all know who your daddy is.

Posted by: Your daddy, PapaBron | May 2, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Umm. I love Side Show Bob as much as any Cavs fan. But ... thug? Mmmmmmmm...no.

Posted by: Varajoan the Enforcer | May 2, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Wiz fans going to the game tonight:

Here's an idea. When (not if, of course) the refs start favoring LeBron with calls, it would be cool to start a chant of "Donaghy! Donaghy!" as loud as you can. Keep it going all game, every time he gets preferential treatment.

That is something I would truly enjoy.

Posted by: Keithinator | May 2, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan needs to send Pecherov or McGuire into the game early to put a corresponding Cavalier, preferably one of their thugs like Ilgauskas or Varejao, into the stanchion and out of the series for good.

This really stinks of fix. I saw that play a hundred times and there is no way on earth it is deserving of a suspension or even a technical foul. Darius Songaila has become an essential part of the Wizards on both offense and defense, and his contribution is quiet but pivotal.

I hope Blatche has the game of his young life.

Posted by: Woody Smith | May 2, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah - I called that number for Stu Jackson too.. Was transferred several times. Finally to a voice mail that said "this mail box does not subscribe to the NBA system." Then it transferred me back to the main number.

Told them I needed to speak with Stu Jackson, but I keep getting the run around... Was transferred to a voice mail for "Rosie Garcia" .... (probably some poor secretary somewhere there in League Headquarters)...

I left my 10 minute long request for Jackson to call me back and explain his reasoning for a Suspension for Songaila for an inadvertant open and backhanded slap (resultant from LeBron's arm coming up), but nothing for an intentional elbow to Blatche's head by LeBron James.

I left my name and number... Holding my breath for his return call.

Posted by: Rook | May 2, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

You reap what you sew

Posted by: | May 2, 2008 4:09 PM

We don't sew.... We sow!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

There is not "fix" -- the bullet are just not good.

Posted by: PoorMansProphet | May 2, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

and Rook -- get a life dude!

Posted by: PoorMansProphet | May 2, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The game tonight - the ability of Wiz guards or their inability will go a long way in deciding what kind of game we have tonight...Butler cant possibly play better but he is the stud and the one guy they oughta work hard at locking up for a long time..if not we will happily take him off your hands.......but the Cavs are better and if they stick to it for 48, regardless of the Wiz, the series will end with a thud for Washington tonight.

The trash - the suspension isnt warranted..kids do that in HS and do not get ejected. I think its a bad call by the league. I am a Cavs fan...but thats a suspect call for sure..let him play...

But to pretend the Zards are getting put out by the refs and the league - stop crying... they earned it....they talked it they did it... they are stupid for doing both...there are calls in every game that are suspect around the rim..truth is major college hoops are reffed far better than the NBA....and I just dont know why..

Little moans about subtle pushes etc.. what pansy-dom.....what game is this?? did you guys not watch games all year long? Wizards never pushed and not get caught??...this is too much journalism slant fired by free admission and free food...give me a break...

"Superior motivation" - the wiz played their best and barely beat the Cavs who played very poorly...

The end - will be tonight

Posted by: DC in C town | May 2, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

and Rook -- get a life dude!

Posted by: PoorMansProphet | May 2, 2008 4:17 PM

Still holding my breath.

Posted by: Rook | May 2, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

For NBA players, whining translates (indirectly of course) to dollars. What does it do for you bunch?

Posted by: jones-y | May 2, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Just give the Cavs the win now....CONSPIRACY. Just hand the series to 3-Step Bron and that's what the suits in NYC and Stern wanna see anyway.

Go ahead and put the halo, the yellow QB jersey and skirt on Bron since no 1 can touch and play against him.

Posted by: Ben Canada | May 2, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

If I could do it over, I would have punched him and at least gotten my money's worth.

Posted by: Darius Songaila | May 2, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

WHy wasnt Dampier suspended for his throwing Chris Paul to the ground??

This is truly, ridiculous.
Worse than last years suspensions, or the Kings-Lakers Western conference Finals of a few years ago.

I have watched the NBA for 20 years.
I think I'm done with them.

Posted by: D | May 2, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey Robert M. Kraus of Akron, OH, given the heat of the conversation maybe you should keep your name and city out of it.

Posted by: Avenger | May 2, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"Superior motivation" - the wiz played their best and barely beat the Cavs who played very poorly...

The end - will be tonight

Posted by: DC in C town | May 2, 2008 4:17 PM

The Wizards definately did NOT play their best in Game 5.!!!

Cleveland fans better hope that Jamison goes 3-10 and only scores 8 points.... and that Haywood plays with foul trouble all night, ends with 4 points, and fouls out....and that Blatche only scores 1 point and grabs 0 (ZERO) rebounds. Because, that's the ONLY way Queen James and the Travelliers will win tonight!

Posted by: Rook | May 2, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

...the wiz played their best...

Posted by: DC in C town | May 2, 2008 4:17 PM

What game were you watching?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This suspension is ridiculous and a travesty! For all of you saying that Songaila not playing is not that detrimental, yes it is. For one, he is a solid defender - and makes his free throws. Secondly, you best believe the Cavs are going to do their damndest to get Haywood and Blatche in foul trouble. Or Haywood and Blatche will not try hard to defend James because they do not want to get called for a foul.

For the league to suspend Songaila for a game that will make or break our season - especially when James was to blame - means this game is FIXED. The NBA wants Big Baby to move to the next round - especially since Arenas has called it a season.

Since this is our final game, I certainly hope the players show Stern how violent a game can turn when they are treated this badly.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This is not worse than last year's Suns suspensions. Amare Stoudemaire got suspended for their game 5...we are talking about Darius freakin Songaila here. What is in the air there in Washington?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Did I mention that I'm a fool. and a tool.

Posted by: Rook | May 2, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"Here's an idea. When (not if, of course) the refs start favoring LeBron with calls, it would be cool to start a chant of "Donaghy! Donaghy!" as loud as you can. Keep it going all game, every time he gets preferential treatment.

That is something I would truly enjoy."

Will the PA announcer coach the fans on this great idea before the game like he did in games 3/4? Way to go Bullet fans!

Posted by: Jason | May 2, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"What is in the air there in Washington?"


Depending on the neighborhood, mainly bullets.

Posted by: Jason | May 2, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

as a cavs fan i just like reading your posts because it gets me riled up to go watch the game. it helps to root against a team when you know the other team's fans hate your guts. thats not to say you guys are even close to being what the pittsburgh steelers are to the browns or what michigan is to osu.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Let's get ready to Whiiiine!!!"

"Let's hear it Wiztards fans!"

"It's nooooooot fairrrrr!!!!!"

"Who starts useless, costly stupid wars in other countries for no good reason but expects everyone to be happy becasue you gave them a $300 check right after tax time??"

He might not say that last onew.

But if you all shouted 'Lebron' right then, that would be funny.

Posted by: PA Announcer, Verizon Center | May 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"What is in the air there in Washington?"


Depending on the neighborhood, mainly bullets.


Posted by: nice one! | May 2, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

If I was from Acrid, Ohio, I wouldn't go around advertising it.

Posted by: John Brisker | May 2, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"thats not to say you guys are even close to being what the pittsburgh steelers are to the browns or what michigan is to osu."

Superior?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This just gets better; now the NBA is attempting to justify what it did:

just a little more info on the play, the league suspended him because it was a hit to the face which involved a "non basketball play". The league felt the play was over and if a hit to the face occurs after the play that is an automatic suspension. Don't shoot the messanger that's just what i was told.

As far as the LeBron flagrant they felt that elbow was still during the course of the play.

Too lame. I wonder if they're laughing when they're spewing this garbage.

Posted by: 20004 | May 2, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Lebron James is a whiny little baby, he knows that was an accidental hit that was caused by his stupidity. Even if Cleveland makes it to the next round, that's as far as their gonna get cause no matter how good Lebron is, the rest of the team SUCKS!!!!!

Posted by: huda | May 2, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Akron is awesome. It gave the world Devo. You might not be old enough to remember Devo.

Posted by: Whip it good! | May 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"DONT TELL US WHAT PLAYOFF FOULS ARE. YOU KNOW LESS THAN WE DO. WE PUT YOUR AZZ OUR EARLY EVERY YEAR. WE TELL YOU WHAT PLAYOFF FOULS ARE."

Can you just imagine what this person's "resume" looks like? Likely rendered in crayon.

Posted by: Literate in DC | May 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Instead, the league warned the Wizards that if any player made contact to James's head or face it would lead to an automatic suspension.
By Ivan Carter | May 2, 2008; 12:37 PM ET

Ivan - are you telling us that the League office specifically said "Lebron James" when warning the Wizards...? No other players? No "general" warning about head contact - but SPECIFICALLY about Lebron?

That's pretty telling!

Posted by: Rook | May 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"If I was from Acrid, Ohio, I wouldn't go around advertising it."

Yes, because the STD's, murder rate, poverty and zero voting representation qualify you to look down on anyone.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Total crap. Why doesnt NBA coome out and say they want Labron to go futher in playoffs, instead of this crap. More ratings with Labron, more money for the NBA , equals BS for the Wizards. I hate Labron.

Posted by: BillM | May 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah...the second round. I'll send you a postcard.

Posted by: Lebron lovin' life in the second round | May 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Who starts useless, costly stupid wars in other countries for no good reason but expects everyone to be happy becasue you gave them a $300 check right after tax time??"

Who's dumbass state put him in the White House twice?

You jerks had two opportunities to keep it from happening, but were two busy watching the Drew Carey show while Lake Eerie burned.

Posted by: Duffman | May 2, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This is a conspiracy. I can not believe the NBA. They had Lebron miss that layup to extend the series and add another game for people to watch on TV. I guess its ok I can watch Lebron drop 30 tonight on the magicless wizards. Washington might as well put up a sign like in Cleveland, you are all WITNESS tonight!

Posted by: 216er | May 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

David Stern doesn't want the Wiz to beat the Cavs because then we'd go to the second round and beat the Celtics too. Then, ratings would go into the gutter...a place where Stern's ethics are.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Devo...wow, I'm really in awe, now.

Posted by: John Brisker | May 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Stay classy, Cleveland.

It often takes a little something extra to motivate the Wizards to their best performances, so hopefully this move will backfire on the league office and we'll have a Game 7.

Wonder who the League will suspend for that game, though? Caron better not come within 10 feet of LeBron during the game.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse


Cleveland fans -- whether a suspension was warranted or not isn't the primary issue here. I think it's absurd to suppose that, despite not being ejected at the time, songala would have been suspended from a regular season game after doing the same thing to say, Czerbiak -- but whatever.

The real issue here is LeBron. Simply put, on that play and throughout the series he has faked injury in an attempt to remove Wizards players from the court. The dude was hamming it up for the cameras, rubbing his jaw with concern and opening and shutting his mouth, 5 minutes after that play. Do you honestly think Michael would have engaged in those antics? MJ would have laughed at anyone who pulled that stuff, or dunked repeatedly on them, or knocked them out the next time down the floor. Would MJ have wanted to get Bird or Magic off the court by FAKING an injury and engaging in theater? That's what separates LJ from the guys he claims to emulate.

I hope the crowd tonight makes this clear for the nation to hear. That would, or at least should, shake LeBron up. Because it would embarrass him and, as he knows, hurt his image.


Posted by: mk | May 2, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

like I said a few weeks ago. Put in DMac to take out Queen James. Do it now.....

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

best thing to do is to win tonight, keep the mouths shut, and win game 7 in Cleveland. That way, the NBA does not get their boy for the rest of the playoffs and the Wiz start off with a clean slate. LBJ can play, there is no ifs and or buts about it, but so can we if we stay focused on the game and not the refs.

Go Wiz

Posted by: WhizonCavs | May 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a blatant case of anti-Lithuanian bias!

Posted by: Free Darius Songaila! | May 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

what about the shove and elbow to Songaila by Ilgauskas?????


Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't really understand Ivan's comments above about whether Songalia's hit on LeBron was any worse than LeBron's hit on Blatche. That isn't the question. If Songalia hit LeBron in the face intentionally, he deserved to be suspended. I don't know how on earth you can watch what happened and CONCLUDE that Songalia did it intentionally. He has no history of acts like that, and with the arms being tangled, there is a 50-50 chance AT LEAST that it was inadvertent.

Ivan, did the league speak to Songalia at all about the incident? Was there an investigation other than looking at film?

Posted by: Red | May 2, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

isn't Ilgauskas lithuanian? where is the bias. The only bias is for Queen James

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Roger MAson Jr. will be the difference tonight, 30 plus points. If they hit the outside shots, not having Songalia will not matter.

Posted by: WhizonCavs | May 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, the reaction by tnt announcers and subsequent ESPN announcers was the sole criterion for the punishment. If one watched the play closely the foul was on LeBron James for grabbing Songaila's arm. As Phil Chenier Stated on the local DC broadcast, the referee's were overreacting and saw not reality, but were emotionally charged and misjudged the play. Even so they did not call a flagrant on the play.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Who starts useless, costly stupid wars in other countries for no good reason but expects everyone to be happy because you gave them a $300 check right after tax time??"

Who's dumbass state put him in the White House twice?

You jerks had two opportunities to keep it from happening, but were two busy watching the Drew Carey show while Lake Eerie burned.


Sir, it was our river that burned, not the lake. The lake is very large, some might say great. Were the lake to burn then it would have been seen from space and maybe attracted an invasion from Mars. Obviously that hasn't happened.

Did we Ohioans put W in office? Oh yeah, we kind of did. My bad.

Too bad your vote doesn't count or you could have done something about it.

boom.

Posted by: Cuyahoga in a Can...MMMmmmmm! | May 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

How funny would it be if everyone had white shirts that said "Free Darius"? If they gave us a days notice we could have got it done....oh well, we can get them made up because he now has a "history" of hard fouling, so he will most likely do it again...

Posted by: WhizonCavs | May 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Duffman,

While still not a proud fact, it was the river that burned and not Lake Erie. I would appreciate some factual accuracy when you attempt to put us down.

Posted by: Jason | May 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards is a dirty team. The dirtyness is condoned by the Coach. DeShawn? Gosh, what a hood. Songaila deserves a boot in the butt. His playing style is consistent with below average players.

Posted by: truth1 | May 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

If we are going to receive flagrant and automatic suspension fouls, why not just make them count and take that cry-baby, super-star wannabee out for good one game at-a-time. Let see if Cleveland can win without their only superstar. At least the Wizards have shown they can beat anyone with two of their stars out of commission. So fair is fair, Gilbert goes out thus "Le-Con" must go out too!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he's super-talented.
Yes, he's above-average upstairs.
Yes, he's unrelentingly competitive.
Yes, he's a nailbiting nancyboy.

Posted by: Unlucky | May 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Devo rocks. As does the Rubber Bowl.


Posted by: Devo-tedly yours | May 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

truth1
Grammar0

Posted by: WhizonCavs | May 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

LeCon!

that was pretty good. I 'll give you that.

He still kicks your ass.

Posted by: Last Flight of LeCon-dor | May 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

2 hours to tip off. good luck wizards fans. you'll need it. i hope you guys aren't serious about wanting to hurt lebron.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I've reserved judgement until now but I am sick and tired of Lebron or more appropriately "Air Pansy". ComcastSportsnet showed a reverse angle of the play and he clearly had Songalia's arm and when released it flew up. No intent whatsoever. This is a joke and the NBA should be ashamed of themselves for letting "Air Pansy" get away with this.

Posted by: Croftonpost | May 2, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Actually, as a Cavs fan I USED to respect the Wizards and look forward to playing them out of respect. I thought of this matchup as a good rivalry.

I even admired Eddie Jordan (thought of him as a good, classy coach) and Gilbert Arenas ("Hey, I'm good too, why does nobody remember?!" - "agent zero" is right.)

Maybe, the games of the past have been a bit unbalanced with the Cavs winning the two previous times. It's clear the Wizards are even less of a decent match for the Cavaliers this time around, and have resorted to such ridiculous antics. (Deshawn, who? I'm disgusted I even know this fungus' name)

With the events of this series ... put forth by the Wizards, I hope they circle the drain a third and final time and flush classless Eddie Jordan in the process.

Finally, Jordon got smart and figured out the Wizards are actually a better team with out Arenas. Arenas is right up there with the other "studs" of the NBA ... Francis, Marbury, Nowitzki, Nash, Kobe, Garnett - guys who all get crazy publicity, but don't make it actually work for their teams when it counts ... which is incidentally what puts Lebron on such a higher level. He wills his team to victory, no matter what the odds, which is why he CAN'T be beat!

Posted by: Clevelander | May 2, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

No one will hurt Lebron, the game will play and the Wiz will win, and then in the game 7, Karma will appear and Deshawn will score a 3 to win in a last second shot in Cleveland with a towel hitting his face thrown by the owner of the Cavs....

A dream, but wouldn't it be funny?

Good luck Wiz,

Cleveland fans- I have to think some of you possible agree with my next statement, but I think it is time for Ferry to go, he got lucky with Lebron, all other moves????NOT GOOD.

We have a very similiar circumstance here with OV and the caps...oh wait a minute, we actually have other talent here on the ice...sorry.

Posted by: WhizonCavs | May 2, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't ashamed to be a wiz fan and a participant in this blog until you cats started talking about hurting people.

Never seen any of that from a cavs fan here.

Posted by: jones-y | May 2, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Can we activate Etan for some cheap fouls and some boards??

Posted by: Quinn | May 2, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

LeWinner? Remind me the last time Cleveland won anything. Why do you think LeCon wore a Yankees hat last year.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"Roger MAson Jr. will be the difference tonight, 30 plus points. If they hit the outside shots, not having Songalia will not matter."

Roger MAson Jr has as good a chance to hit 30 points as Damon Jones does for the Cavs

Posted by: 216er | May 2, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Clevelander, clearly you have no clue who started this whole classless drama - your very own LeQueen of LeDrama. Called Wizards and particularly Stevenson names in the lockerroom forgetting that ex-Cav Gooden was within earshot. Yes, it was after the third regular season game.

So admire whom you want to admire, it's your crybaby who started this whole lunatic ruckus, although I admit he got the media to buy into his innocent victim role. Regardless of elbows, shoulders, grabbing, shoving that he does, he still comes up smelling like roses. Oh well, what's good for Cleveland is good for Stern.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Never seen any of that from a cavs fan here.

Posted by: jones-y | May 2, 2008 5:09 PM


How about over in the Cleveland blogs? Or even in the Cleveland paper?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...the Cavs beat the Wizards, the Indians play better than the Nats, the Browns have a better record than the Skins. I mean, unless I got all my numbers from last year wrong...I'm pretty we're 3 for 3.

Again.

LeBeats you year after year.,

I dunno...I see Zero going to NY, not lebron....

Posted by: LeWinnner | May 2, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Fine you can say DeShawn is a thug. Whatever. But Darius? Come on! That's just letting your crush on LeBron blind you to reality. Darius is as much a thugs as Big Z. Darius a hood? Very funny.

And someone please tell me why the league announced the suspension 5 hours before a critical game 6? Why not yesterday? Not like they had a ton of games to review. Why leave it till the last minute to suspend a key reserve, when you know the coaches have probably finished their game plans? I mean if it's not a fix, the NBA is certainly going to a lot of trouble to make it look like a fix.

Posted by: Bart | May 2, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Roger MAson Jr has as good a chance to hit 30 points as Damon Jones does for the Cavs"

Roger Mason Jr just scored 30 points on April 14, 7 of 9 3 pointers. Damon Jones? Not so recently.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

some fun facts about Akron Ohio


* First balloon tire
* First automobile tires made in the United States
* First rubber-wound golf ball
* First breakfast cereal
* First artificial fish bait
* First cotton-covered rubber fire hose
* First U.S. toy company
* First synthetic rubber tire
* First commercial tubeless tire
* First graded school system in United States
* First automobile police patrol wagon
* First long distance electric railway in world
* First U.S. space suits
* First trans-active science museum (National Inventors Hall of Fame)
* First meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous
* First National Football League champions (1920) (Akron Professionals)
* First zeppelin built in the United States

Posted by: A to the K | May 2, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Roger Mason Jr just scored 30 points on April 14, 7 of 9 3 pointers. Damon Jones? Not so recently."

Career High for him? He's a bum, you know that. Who is this guy? I'd take anyone on the cavs over him. (except eric snow)

Posted by: 216er | May 2, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This just in:

The NBA Office just announced that tonight's game will start with the score, Cavs 4, Wizards 0.

And Haywood has one foul.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The lead article on espn.com right now is titled "King's Ranson" and below the picture it reads:

"What LeBron James wouldn't give for a little more help from his friends."

The article obviously isn't about the questionable suspension but the irony is still pretty funny.

Posted by: AO | May 2, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse


this is an utter and complete travesty. after the absurd pau gasol "trade", the suns suspensions last year, the end of the cavs-76ers games, not to mention the donaghy game-fixing, i've just about had enough. what about lebron's intentional elbow to the face? how about big z's retaliatory elbow to songaila? and did stu jackson not see the smug smile on lebron's face after he convinced the refs to call a T on songaila? how could you miss that?

unreal. my breaking point is getting closer all the time. stern can have his precious boston and LA fans. screw the rest of us i guess. who's to say we're not the next seattle?

Posted by: AC | May 2, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't come near me or touch me!

Posted by: Le Bron | May 2, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"This just in:

The NBA Office just announced that tonight's game will start with the score, Cavs 4, Wizards 0.

And Haywood has one foul."

That seems reasonable, they are already on the road. We can't have every advantage.

Posted by: Dr. Stranglove | May 2, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"who's to say we're not the next seattle?"

You're not that bad just can't beat the Cavs.


Posted by: 216er | May 2, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

What a crock. If the situation were reversed, would they suspend Lebron? Never in a million years. The NBA should be ashamed of itself!

Posted by: ELIOT G | May 2, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"We believe he can win this series for them - that's how dangerous he is,'' Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas said about Butler.

Glad Z sees the writing on the wall, LeBron is going to need a lot of support after the Wizards win game 7 in Cleveland.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Who, may I ask is The Avenger? Sounds like a refugee from the World Wide Wrestling program on TV. You see, this blog or comment site or whatever you want to call it has only one self-respecting commentator, and it's I. All the rest of you posters are wimps, afraid to identify or incriminate yourself. Get some guts.

R M Kraus
Cavs Fan
Akron

Posted by: Robert M Kraus | May 2, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Why couldn't the NHL cheat for the capitals the way the NBA is for the Cavs???

Posted by: Suspension? | May 2, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

They suspended him because he's white.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

sack up Robert M Kraus...what's your social security number?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Le Big Mac ....

Are you serious. He and everyone in cleveland cries everytime LeBron puts his head down, lowers his shoulders, run the denfender over, takes 4 steps, and doesnt get a call... Get off the d!ck sucking payrole and open your eyes.

Posted by: WizFan4lyfe | May 2, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

College basketball is the highest level worth paying money to watch. The worst part of the suspension is there was time to review. Had he been ejected, it simply would have been a bad call in the flow of the game. It looked like Lebron was being spaztic with a phobia compariable to Monk. But the closer you look at it, the more premeditated the act. They should lull King James by kissing his ring on bended knee. Then "you hit me, you hit me, you hit me again."

Posted by: NCAA Tourn Fan | May 2, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

You know what I'd love to see?

EJ and the Wiz should show a brief action of protest at the start of the game. At tip off, the Wiz should just stand in one spot and let the Cavs score without any defense.

Heck it would show off the refs and their bias towards the so called king.

Darn this pisses me off!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

In the immortal words of Marlon Brando:

"WHAT A STEAMING PILE OF SH-T." Rhymes with Twit, David Stern.

Posted by: Hoops Lover | May 2, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Losing Songalia is not going to determine who wins tonight whatsoever.

BUT, the fact that LeBron can throw elbows at people's faces completely intentionally and not even get a technical much less a suspension is just SAD!

Had he been suspended for that I would not have one complaint about how any of the flagrant fouls have been called.

WHAT WHOULD LEBRON HAVE TO DO ON THE COURT TO GET SUSPENDED IN THE PLAYOFFS?

AN ELBOW IS ACTUALLY MORE DANGEROUS THAN A PUNCH!!!

Posted by: Rob P | May 2, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"EJ and the Wiz should show a brief action of protest at the start of the game. At tip off, the Wiz should just stand in one spot and let the Cavs score without any defense."

Yeah, that'll show 'em!

Posted by: kalorama | May 2, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be cleaner if the NBA just docked all of Labron's opponents 15 points at the beginning of the game and then played fair - and CALLED it fair from then on? I mean seriously, its amazing that they make the refs keep in mind that anyone who touches Labron gets a foul, that he gets at least 1-2 extra steps, and that he can foul without being called.

Have pity on the poor refs, NBA. Just dock the points right up-front. We as the opposition fans will thank you for it.

Fixed is right. We're OK with that - just make it explicit and we'll be fine.

Posted by: sfam | May 2, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I think we will get blown out tonight - thanks David Stern and Stu Jackson!

I just hope Mike Brown gets FIRED after the Cavs lose in the second round!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Also Buck mentioned the other night that the Wiz have not lost a playoff game ON THE ROAD in 20 years....so we will lost at home tonight :(

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The NBA had 2 whole days to suspend Songaila but when was it done? AFTER shootaround today....leaving Eddie unprepared.

This game is FIXED!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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Will DeShawn(a) Stevenson be allowed to play too? He did take a swipe at Anderson V. during a stopage of play. Guess not the NBA is fixed, wont kick out a starter.

As a matter of fact, is some elementary school or something near the Verizon Center? The "statutory rapist" should not be allowed to go within a certain distance of the school.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah,

It cant be that the Cavs are better than the Wizards

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

The calls in this series have been apallingly bad. True, the supserstars get preferential treatment, but this blatant favoritism takes away any league credibility. My hope is the Wiz get so pissed they smoke the LeBrons and send it back to Cleveland where, provided the league doesn't put on the fix again, this series can be finally settled on the court. Unreal.

Posted by: F LeBron!!! | May 2, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

personally, I'm sick of Lebron James, and if he got hit by a bus tomorrow... Oh well!

Posted by: Tony | May 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Can't beleive they actually T'd up LeBron. T'd up for whining... I love it!

Posted by: F LeBron | May 2, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I love the way he is picking the Wiz apart

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

Did anyone notice that after Haywood's foul on LeBron in the 4th, LeBron went to the sidelines holding his right eye, but was later seen putting eye drops in his left eye? hmm...

Posted by: 4th times a charm | May 2, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

LeBron is not overrated, he is OVER-PROTECTED!

Posted by: Sagaliba | May 3, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Cavs fan trying to objective here. See a lot of chatter about the elbow LeBron hit Blatch with in game 1. First off, I don't see many flagrants called on the guy trying to score, but I would not have been surprised if an Off. foul was called. In the first half of that game the ref's did not control things very well, and let them play. Just before the elbow Lebron got a couple hard fouls, including a pop in the chops by Blatch, with no calls. The Wiz already had declared open season and the refs were letting them play. Who can blame a guy (any guy) for wanting to retaliate? First half ended with LeBron getting whacked again, then Haywood just stands over him. We all saw the rest. After that the refs got kinda stupid the other way. I agree with the ejection of a player shoving an airborn player out of bounds while not even trying to block the shot. Glad Haywood was not suspended. Dumb move on his part, but he is not that kind of player. Also don't agree with suspension of Songalia, but do agree with a foul call. Last time I remember, ref's don't stop to ask a player if it was an accident. There were a lot of stupid calls (and non-calls) both ways, but that's not new. Most fans, me included, only see when our guy get's nailed, and tend to justify when our guy is the offender. Perhaps LBJ is to the Wiz, as MJ was to the Cavs in the early 90's. We had a great team, but could not get past the Bulls with MJ. Today everyone attests to MJ's greatness, but back then we and many others complained about the prefential treatment he was getting. Maybe in 20 years, people will look at LBJ the same way, when the Wiz have a Stud. Maybe not. Don't know how far the Cavs will go this year, but as for the Wiz and Wiz fans... Wait till next year. We're pretty familiar with that phrase in Cleveland too.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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