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Cavaliers (61-13) at Wizards (17-59); Arenas, Haywood To Start; Crittenton Out

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Dominic McGuire, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood.

Cavaliers: Delonte West, Mo Williams, LeBron James, Anderson Varejao, Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Refs: Bennett Salavtore, James Capers and Leon Wood

Line: Cavaliers by 10.5.

Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood will start together for the first time tonight against Cleveland, giving the Wizards four of the five starters they had hoped to have when traininp camp began in October.

But isn't this just like the Wizards? On the day that Arenas comes back to the lineup, Javaris Crittenton is out with back spasms. Crittenton said before the game that his back locked up after the team arrived from Memphis early this morning. He said that he didn't feel any pain during the game. He took some Ibuprofen today and arrived at the arena five hours before the game, but he looked bad in the locker room. He walked gingerly toward the training room and said he looked like Fred Sanford.

"We wouldn't be the Wizards if we didn't have one issue," Wizards interim Coach Ed Tapscott said.

Arenas is now the only point guard on the roster, but he is supposed to playing reduced minutes. Crittenton played 43 minutes in each of the past two games. Who wants to bet that Arenas plays more than 28?

Tapscott said Nick Young and Dominic McGuire will handle the ball-handling duties when Arenas sits. Against the league's best defense, that should be quite interesting.

... It's easy to look at Haywood's stats from his season debut -- two points, two rebounds and three blocks -- and dismiss it as an okay performance. Now, Haywood wasn't perfect. He was winded. Offensively, he was ineffective, but he had a plus/minus ratio of +13 in his 24 minutes on the floor. And, in the fourth quarter, when Haywood played the entire period, the Grizzlies shot 5 of 16 (31.3 percent) and scored 24 points.

The Grizzlies' field goals were a broken play dunk by Hamed Haddadi, a Rudy Gay pullup jumper, a Mike Conley running jumper, an O.J. Mayo floater and a Mayo step back jumper. Notice anything? Aside from the dunk, everything else was on the perimeter. During the period, Haywood blocked a Mayo layup, a Hakim Warrick layup and a Marc Gasol layup. And, through the first three quarters, Memphis shot 51.5 percent (33 of 64).

...Antawn Jamison was selected by a seven-member panel of former NBA players as the Southeast Division winner and finalist for the 2008-09 NBA Sportmanship Award. Boston's Ray Allen, Denver's Chauncey Billups, Detroit's Antonio McDyess, Golden State's Ronny Turiaf and San Antonio's Michael Finley were the other division winners. The winner will be presented the Joe Dumars trophy.

... Arenas was out shooting jumpers around 3 p.m. this afternoon, getting ready for the game.

By Michael Lee  |  April 2, 2009; 6:23 PM ET
 
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Comments

I wish D-Steve's was playing so he can get up in Lebron's grill and make him frustrated.

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | April 2, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

If Crit were a vet, he'd play through the injury. Taps ought to demote and/or demean him. 43 minutes for two games and he breaks down? He didn't even play overtime. Just watch - Taps will have the Big 3 playing 43 real soon...

Posted by: Izman | April 2, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I am a big fan of jamison. but i'm not a fan of his jawing at the refs and i was surprised that he won good sportsmanship in spite of it.

Posted by: crs-one | April 2, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Dear Washington Post,
please resign this Michael Lee guy to as long a contract as he is willing to sign. He is doing a damn good job in his first week @ Wizards Insider. I thought Ivan was great, and he was, but Michael Lee is phenomenal. This blog has gone from an interesting-read to an absolute quintessential must-read for Wizards fans. More frequent posts, more player-quotes, more analysis have made this column excellent. It has been a bad year to be a Wizards fans. It seems as though the organization and the players are on the brink of chaos. Michael Lee is finally the reliable voice of reason and exhaustive source of information Wizards fans have been looking for. No offense to Mike Jones, but Mike Lee is going to lock up the loyalty of the Wizards fan base behind the Washington Post with this quality work.

Posted by: emmet1 | April 2, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Mike Jones writes about as well as a junior high kid. He's got nothing on Michael Lee.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 2, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Fat Pig Barkley running his fat pig mouth again. Have another one fat pig!

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I never cared for Charles Barkleys comments about the Wizards.

I'm listening to his comments now at halftime. I still don't care for his comments about the Wizards.

He does not have a clue and his analogy is trash.

The fact that he never got a ring is becoming more clearer now. He may have a gift for gab and maybe thats why he is on TNT, but his gift does not indicate he knows what the hey he is talking about.

If he had major impact on strategy when he was playing, I see now why he kept coming up short.

He concentrates too much on the negatives. He'd rather emphasize shortcomings than expound upon the positives.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 2, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I am optimistic watching this game! Next year, we will be a whole lot better. With Gil and Haywood back, along with CB, Antawn and all the young guys plus a draft pick, we will make the playoffs next year.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Everything that Barkley said at halftime about the Wizards, the Wizards have shown in their play in this 3rd Q' alone that his analogy of them is ignoramus.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 2, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Haywood with the double-double in the 3rd quarter! Go get 'em mane....

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | April 2, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Any insider info or NBA gossip on who our coach will be next year?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 2, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Lot of frontrunners in the arena tonight. Even Marve and crew noticed. Those frontrunners are going to be upset when this Cleveland team blows it in the playoffs.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Why is this crowd cheering so loudly when cleveland tied the game? i feel sick.

Posted by: crs-one | April 2, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

They just showed up to see a celebrity. They should have just gone to Josephine last night. Cavs were more into that.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, theres Cleveland fans in the phone booth, but do you also hear the boos everytime LBJ touches the ball.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 2, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I'll drop ping pong balls for this win. We can't afford to pay the pick anyway

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Mr. Know It All Charles B. has to say now. He predicted after his foolish rantings that the Wizs was going to loose anyway.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 2, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

maybe i'm just too vengeful.

i will say. whatever small impact a win would have on our lottery chances, will totally be worth a win tonight.

Posted by: crs-one | April 2, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH butler stealing the inbounds. i love it.

Posted by: crs-one | April 2, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Gil giving a shout out to fat drunk pig Barkley. Don't have too many during the Jazz game fat pig!

Posted by: Kev29 | April 2, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how Gilbert new that Charles had predicted at halftime that they would loose.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 2, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful preview of next season.

2 games, 20 assists, 1 turnover.

Posted by: psps23 | April 2, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I said next year we would upset some Teams. We got a headstart tonight.

If Cleveland looses the home court advantage to the Lakers the taste of this lost is going to be extremely bitter.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 2, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

"Antawn Jamison was selected by a seven-member panel of former NBA players as the Southeast Division winner and finalist for the 2008-09 NBA Sportmanship Award. Boston's Ray Allen, Denver's Chauncey Billups, Detroit's Antonio McDyess, Golden State's Ronny Turiaf and San Antonio's Michael Finley were the other division winners."

That's good company to be in. Congrats, Jamison. Of course somebody here will insist this is just another sign of selfishness on your part.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 2, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

WIZ BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's what you get LeBron!!!!!!

Don't ever throw a party in DC again BIATCH!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Barno1 | April 2, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Arenas looked like he was playing on one leg. I missed his first game back last Saturday. Did he look the same in the first game?

His confidence isn't back, but that will come in time. The knee is the bigger issue...

Posted by: Izman | April 2, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Great game! Caron played so much better with Gilbert and Haywood back and Nick too! They all looked so much more confident and poised. Good to see Gilbert and Haywood back together.

Posted by: washwiz | April 2, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Arenas looked like he was playing on one leg. I missed his first game back last Saturday. Did he look the same in the first game?

His confidence isn't back, but that will come in time. The knee is the bigger issue...

Posted by: Izman |

Gil looked just fine in his first game back and said the knee was not a problem the next day.

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 2, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Lisa_R. Gil hasn't discovered his shooting touch yet, but he sees the floor like no one else on this team.

20 assists and one turnover in two games -- those are great numbers. How many times this season has a Wizard player posted 10 assists in any game?

If Gil can average 10 assists and 15 points next season, it will make a huge difference in the win-loss column. The Wizards have other players like Jamison, Butler, and Young who can put up points; they've been hurting though at point guard. With a healthy Arenas, and an improved Crittenton the Wizards will have a good mix next season in the back court. Crit. also adds some good defensive skills to the mix and looks like he can handle tough match-ups.

Haywood has been a difference maker too on the defensive end. He has made his presence felt in the two games that he's been back.

Even Songaila looked great coming off the bench tonight; McGuire did the little things that he's done since entering the starting rotation and filled up his stat line. Great all-around team effort.

Cleveland must have been looking beyond the Wizards in this one, but even so, it's possible to see how the pieces can fit together next year.

If the Wizards are able to land Griffin; or if they can move their #1 pick and some contracts in exchange for another quality veteran starter -- this team could be really good. Hopefully Jamison can stay healthy -- if the Wizards fill in some support via a trade or the draft in the off-season they can cover some of their on-the-court bets.

Great win. A lot of positives to build on.

Posted by: JPRS | April 3, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Songalia looked fierce tonight....I wonder if he was remembering how he was suspended for a game during the playoffs last season (our final playoff game) due to a bad call by the refs and a great acting job by Lebron....

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 3, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Sure the suspension didn't hurt as a motivation tool for Songalia, but more likely him being fresh after playing very little yesterday and having several days off before that helped contribute to his big game tonight.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 3, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

What do you mean by "if Jamison can stay healthy"? Take a look at how many games he's missed in 10 years in the league. You mean "if Caron can stay healthy".

Posted by: twigmuffin | April 3, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

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