Afternoon Buzz

Here's more reaction to last night's win over the Cavaliers. Brian Windhorst wrote in the Plain Dealer that LeBron James and the Cavs were not ashamed of losing to the "lowly" Wizards.

Also after the game, Gilbert Arenas spoke to David Aldridge on TNT. (Via Dan Steinberg and Bullets Forever.)


And although he believes Agent Zero should play 0 minutes this season, espn.com's Marc Stein enjoyed watching last night's game.

Lastly, before the game Mr. Steinberg got a kick out of the meeting between LeBron James and Alexander Ovechkin.

By Alexa Steele |  April 3, 2009; 1:26 PM ET
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I especially like the clean, hard foul Haywood laid on LeBron. Haven't see that for awhile. McGee ought to learn from that instead of being postered like this:
http://blog.cleveland.com/cavs_impact/2009/04/medium_jamesdriveab.jpg

Posted by: sagaliba | April 3, 2009 1:55 PM

But first, McGee need the body to do it. If he try now he'll fall back and probably break a bone or two. Still, watching Haywood make hard fouls on LeBron was good to see. Blatce did that a few times last year, dont know what happened to him this year.

Posted by: demonj21 | April 3, 2009 2:02 PM

I've always felt that Wiz would have faired better last playoff had EJ not announced it to the public about "the hard fouls Wiz is going to deliver on LeBron." The announcement made the refs whistle happy, and the king acting as called for by the script.

Posted by: sagaliba | April 3, 2009 2:20 PM

Can you please get on twitter sir? Engage with us even more. Cindy is on all the time (@RedskinsInsider).

Then follow me @ahr19.

Good work.

Posted by: Levelheadedskinsfan19 | April 3, 2009 2:33 PM

David Aldridge's reasoning on lottery (http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/03/27/arenas.20090327/index.html) is a fallacy.

The worst team in the lottery has roughly 25% chance of getting the first pick. So yeah, "other teams" (taken collectively) are 3 times more likely to get the #1 pick. However, not a single "other team" has better opportunity than the worst team!

It's called Probability 101, David, you don't need historic examples to show that the worst team is less likely to get the pick than not. The important thing is, the worst team is more likely to get the #1 pick than "any other team!"

Posted by: sagaliba | April 3, 2009 2:41 PM

I'm not an expert in probability like my main man DA, but I'm pretty sure that:

Blake Griffin was born in Oklahoma City

Blake Griffin plays college ball at Oklahoma

There is an NBA team in Oklahoma City

That team is in the lottery

Wizards' chance of winning lottery = 0%

Posted by: bryc3 | April 3, 2009 2:51 PM

If you know probability, you know just because you have a x chance of getting something, doesn't mean you'll get it. The odds of throwing any number using a 6-sided die is 1-in-6. But that doesn't mean you can't have a run where you throw the same damn number 10 times! Probability is the chance of something happening. It's not certainty. If the wizards tank only 1 thing is guaranteed: they'll cultivate a culture of losing in their young players. That's not probability but certainty!

Posted by: tundey | April 3, 2009 7:25 PM

What's the status on the recoveries of Deshawn Stevenson and Etan Thomas?

Posted by: emmet1 | April 3, 2009 8:05 PM

thought you'd enjoy the story folks.

my roommate was at a club that lebron came in earlier this week in DC. Everyone was all "Lebron! hey lebron!"

my roommate was in lebron's path, and he looked her up and down and she did him. she felt he was expecting her to move aside and she looked back like "walk around." so he did.

small victories, friends.

Posted by: crs-one | April 3, 2009 9:59 PM

p.s. beginning of 4th...Orlando 93, Cleveland 60

Posted by: crs-one | April 3, 2009 10:01 PM

"I especially like the clean, hard foul Haywood laid on LeBron. Haven't see that for awhile. McGee ought to learn from that instead of being postered like this:
http://blog.cleveland.com/cavs_impact/2009/04/medium_jamesdriveab.jpg

Posted by: sagaliba | April 3, 2009 1:55 PM "

Yeah, JaTravel should take a page out of MeTawn's book.

If you can't play D, don't even bother pretending.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 3, 2009 10:34 PM

"It's called Probability 101, David, you don't need historic examples to show that the worst team is less likely to get the pick than not. The important thing is, the worst team is more likely to get the #1 pick than "any other team!"Posted by: sagaliba

Please, if you're an NBA general manager, you're only interested in sure things. You don't have time for wafer-thin differences in probable outcome.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 4, 2009 9:41 AM

If you know probability, you know just because you have a x chance of getting something, doesn't mean you'll get it. The odds of throwing any number using a 6-sided die is 1-in-6. But that doesn't mean you can't have a run where you throw the same damn number 10 times!

Posted by: tundey
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Sir,

If you know probability, you would know the probability of "throwing the same damn number 10 times" is one in 60 million! It can hardly compare to 25%(the odds of worst team landng the 1st pick), or 19%(ths odds of 2nd worst team landing the 1st pick)!

Posted by: sagaliba | April 4, 2009 10:38 AM

Samson151,

I respect your right to your opinion. However,

1. If no NBA GMs interested in such a thing (BTW, the difference is not water thin), then why would we have teams that were accused of tanking games in the past?

2. Draft is "never" a sure thing, you are projecting the growth of a young player. There is always a "risk factor" involved. What exactly is "risk factor?" It is the probability the young man does not grow into the player you hoped.

3. I am not suggesting tanking the game. In fact I enjoyed Wizards beating Cavs very much. I am just trying to explain the probability which seems not being understood.

Posted by: sagaliba | April 4, 2009 10:39 AM

Fellow bloggers take a minute out of your day to remember MLK JR. taken from all of us on this day forty-one years ago by an assasins bullet April 4,1968 in Memphis,Tn. Let us not forget the sacrifice he made for all of us in trying to bring peace and harmony to our lives and future generations.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 4, 2009 12:00 PM

"Fellow bloggers take a minute out of your day to remember MLK JR. taken from all of us on this day forty-one years ago by an assasins bullet April 4,1968 in Memphis,Tn. Let us not forget the sacrifice he made for all of us in trying to bring peace and harmony to our lives and future generations.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 4, 2009 12:00 PM "

Sorry, but this has absolutely nothing to do with this blog or Les BouleS basketball.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 4, 2009 12:50 PM

DCMAN88: I wouldn't even dignify that stupidity with a response.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 4, 2009 3:01 PM

1)Brian Windhorst is an idiot.
2) Judging from the way Orlando crushed them Friday night, either the Cavs are not quite as good as their record suggests, or the Wizards really wore them out.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | April 4, 2009 3:09 PM

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