Leftovers Part II: The King's Antics
Did anyone notice what LeBron James did with 15.3 seconds remaining and Gilbert Arenas at the foul line? After Arenas made his first free throw to give the Wizards a 107-101 lead, James informed a referee that he had blood on his jersey, leading to an officials' timeout that broke up Arenas's rhythm. Arenas missed his next free throw attempt, one of three misses on the night for him, and gave the Cavaliers a little life.
The incident was reminiscent of Game 6 of the Wizards' and Cavaliers' first playoff series in 2006, when Arenas missed two free throws with 15 seconds left after James walked up to him, patted him on the chest and said, "If you miss both of those free throws, the game is over."
The Cavaliers then answered on the other end, with Damon Jones nailing the game-winning shot in a gut-wrenching 114-113 overtime loss for Washington. Since then, the league has banned players from interrupting shooters while they are on the foul line. But Arenas said something felt fishy last night. 'Instead of calling a timeout, he said he had blood on his jersey," Arenas said, rolling his eyes. "It's always something, right?
I never got a chance to catch up with Dominic McGuire, but he had a really tough assignment having to match up against James and Mo Williams. The challenge of guarding James was made difficult when McGuire was twice called for fouls when James tripped over his own feet and fell into him.
The craziest foul on McGuire came in the third quarter when James drove to the basket, feet rolling like he was in Fred Flintstone's car, and stumbled to the ground. McGuire did everything in his power to back out of the way, but that's pretty hard when a 6-foot-9 guy is falling down.
McGuire couldn't slow down Williams or James, but he finished with 10 rebounds and seven points, including a huge three-point play after the Cavaliers tied the game at 86.
... Lost in the hoopla surrounding the continuation of the Wizards and Cavaliers rivalry was the NBA's recognition of Autism Awareness month. The Wizards had a special Autism Speaks public service announcement last night. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism.
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