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Morning brew [Updated]

Well, then...

As Mike Miller said in Michael Lee's game story, "it's a 48-minute game. They played all 48." They, of course, are the Cleveland Cavaliers, who absorbed a massive haymaker from the Wizards and completed a 30-point turnaround to win, 102-90.

Plenty to chew on as the Wizards fell to 2-2, and Mr. Lee lays it all out, the good and the bad, in his postgame blog post, which features another video closeup by our intrepid reporter.

Dan Steinberg of our very own D.C. Sports Bog posted late last night proof that the Cavaliers really DO care about this rivalry. And we're certain this is not going to make Wizards fans feel better, not after he scored 27 points.

Here's how the Washington Times saw it, and over in Cleveland, suddenly things don't seem so bad. The Cavaliers have won three straight, and LeBron is happy. For now.

Before the game, Cleveland's troubled shooting guard Delonte West was indicted on six weapons charges. He had three loaded guns and an 8 1/2-inch bowie knife when he was pulled over on the Capital Beltway in September. If convicted, West could face up to three years for each of the six gun charges and a $2,500 fine per offense. The Plain Dealer takes a deeper look into the case, with comments from the Cavaliers.

Here is a brief recap from Bullets Forever's Mike Prada. And here's a full briefing from JakeTheSnake. [Updated 11:22 am]

And here's a write-up from Truth About It, with screen shots of big man fouls. [Updated 1:20 pm]

Next Wizards-Cavaliers game is Nov. 18 at Verizon Center. But you already knew that.

Here are the highlights, courtesy of NBA.com. Wizards fans, avert your eyes after about the 40-second mark:

Around the league...

It was a nine-game slate on Tuesday and there was plenty of notables, including Dirk Nowitzki's 29-point fourth quarter for the Mavs and the Lakers being pushed into overtime by the Thunder. Here's NBA.com's Daily Zap:

By Ed Guzman  |  November 4, 2009; 8:57 AM ET
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Posted by: musicman65000 | November 4, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Well played, musicman. Well played.

As much as I love the NBA, I cannot for the life of me accept the coddling of the "elite" teams. 1-2 bad calls a game? Maybe. But 6 in the first half?

I don't blame the Wiz for packing it in. Can't play 5-on-8 without being a little frustrated.

Posted by: The_Brown_Vice_President | November 4, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Cheating is cheating. Steroids or game-fixing. A congressional inquiry needs to be done of the NBA for game-fixing. They need to line up Stern, Donaghy, other refs and question them like they did Canseco, MacGwire, Palmeiro, etc.

The game is so crooked that if you say something you get fined, so these millionaires are afraid to open their mouths. I guess they don't want to get black-balled out of the league. Time to get Congress involved. Isn't it against the law to fix games?

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 4, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mike,

How do we get rid of that Lebron sign? It should be hanging in Cleveland not on F st. The Wiz nor their fans should not have to be subjected to such total disrespect of it's team. Who can we call about having that sign removed?

Posted by: ivyleague | November 4, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Not to sound like sour grapes, but the refs changed the entire complexion of the game in the 1st half after calling 3 fouls on both BTH and AB. Both were very effective on the defensive end in the 1st half and the loss of Blatche who created mismatches for the Cleveland bigmen can't be underestimated. I still can't for the life of me understand that Shaq was whistled for a flagrant foul for taking a deliberate shot at Stevenson's head. That's not a hard foul, it's dirty and everyone saw it.

There were also a number of non-calls when Arenas and Haywood took the ball to the basket. You could sense by the end of the 3rd period that the Wiz were taken out of their game and reduced to having to play a passive game knowing that the refs were calling every touch foul on one end and nothing at the other. The momentum had shifted and Cleveland knew the Wizards were off their game.

I used to think that the refs were unbiased, but the favoritism towards the elite teams such as Boston, Cleveland, LA, and San Antonio has worsened in recent years. It almost felt like the refs had to let Cleveland back in the game in the 2nd period when they were on the verge of being blown out on the homecourt.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 4, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I agree with that 100% Brown_VP"

It almost make me not want to watch NBA games, and I love baketball.

I remember asking on this blog before "Who likes the STAR CALLS theory"

I always hear announcers and journalist say the star is going to get the call but I have never heard anyone that approves of it.

Posted by: millineumman | November 4, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

So...yea...the refs bent us over. By my count last night, to the tune of 4pts in buckets removed for offensive phantom fouls. 9 FT attempts to Cleveland on phantom calls. 12 FT not attempted by wiz on obvious no calls and this does not even count how many of our players had to "back off" or sit becaus eof fould trouble on bad calls.

My favorite was when Lebron obviously hacked one of our guys and the whistle blew and he chased the ref down the court and the ref called it on another Cav that was no where near the play. Even LeBron thought it was on himself b/c he was the only cav near the play.

And you can disregard that most players that chase a ref like that are going to get a "T"

Not sayingthat the refs were the only reason we lost, but add those 4 pts to us and make half of the 21 bad FT calls go our way and you are looking at a pretty tight game.

I wonder if LeBron could actually play in a real Basketball game?

Posted by: Blurred | November 4, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Sure a lot of calls went against the Wizards, but this is the second time they've wilted under a good defensive team. Arenas had 5 assists in the 1st quarter and none for the rest of the game. I don't think the refs had anything to do with that. The Wizards have quality passers and shooters, so they should get better offensively. Defensively?

After the Wizards loss did anyone switch over to the Lakers-Thunder game? Jeff Green made some amazing defensive plays in the 4th. The Thunder lost, but they played scrappy. The Wizards need to play with that same effort.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 4, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I’ve changed my prediction about the Wizards this season…I believe they will go undefeated except for the games the refs steal from them. How could this team lose, they have the best players, coach, medical staff, trainers, GM, and owner in the NBA. It has to be fixed?

One question would someone please explain how the ref’s managed to make the Wizards have more turnovers than assists?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 4, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I think it is an excellent learning opportunity for wizard.Cavs just change one thing to cut the 18 point deficiet and win the game.They just slow the game to use their big man, he has all calls to his side but the wiz should have done the same thing in that second quarter, to take the ball to the paint.Sad.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 4, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

If the score after your pass gets called back on BS charge call or your scorer gets hacked hard and misses the shot, then yes, the refs do have something to do with it.

Posted by: Blurred | November 4, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Wizards fans, avert your eyes after about the 40-second mark:"

Can someone give me a hint, what am I suposed to see?

Posted by: sagaliba | November 4, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

But they should have closed anyway. You make acouple extra shots and hit your FTs and it is a 3-5 pt game.

Posted by: Blurred | November 4, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that every time (I MEAN EVERY TIME) a foul is called on LeTravel or even one of the other bums on their team that LeTravels acts like someone just slapped his mama? For real, when do you lose credibility if you cry after every freakin call? I HATE THE CAVS WITH A PASSION! Almost as much as I hate the Cowboys.

Posted by: go_wiz1 | November 4, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey Michael, I think I have to point out that sports reporters -- you included -- play a role in not investigating the "impression" that the refs are intentionally affecting the results of games. With the Donaghy disclosures recently, you get a little more cover in investigating this question, whereas before reporters might be blackballed for investigating a "conspiracy theory." But here it is: why not simply ask the refs WHY they made the call the way they did? Especially when you've got something as blatant as Shaq hitting DeShawn in the head, in a really hard and obvious way. The blow was as clear as day. Isn't the NBA's rule, also, as clear as day that if a player hits another in the head that it's a flagrant? Look, you don't even have to go as far as to intrude into the referees' personhood on this -- you could just post a clip of the hard foul to the head, and ask, "what's up with this? How could anyone miss it?" My point is, really blatant B.S. like this needs to be exposed; and when the sports reporters, like yourself, just dance around it without addressing the subject head on, it looks like you are afraid of something, and frankly not really doing your jobs.

Posted by: dpclark | November 4, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards defense broke down after the first quarter and their offense devolved into quick jumpshots with no ball movement. None of their bigs could slow Shaq on offense or do anything to make him work on defense. They gave up too many open looks and didn't create enough of their own.

The refereeing was terrible. But it wasn't the reason they lost. It wasn't even a major factor in the loss.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the momentum switched after refs decided that Shaq can body up other guys, but cannot be bodied. Mike got it right on that phantom offensive foul on Haywood. Haywood was doing well defensively; he even stopped a 3 on 1 break and got the rebound. But once our big men got into fouls trouble, they started inside first and then went out side shooting 3 pointers on the 2nd half.

OTOH, Cleveland played great perimeter defense in the 2nd half, suffocating out shooters (Blatche's foul trouble also limited his effectiveness on the offense end). This is the 2nd game that we just throw up the towel after a good lead and let refs dictate the game. Our players need to understand, if we keep on going at it, the calls usually will all even out at the end. We need to learn how to fight through adversities. The game was tied in the 3rd period, we still had the chance, and yet we just let them dictate the momentum.

On a side, note, I have seen the Wiz played zone a couple times (not just in last night's game, but previous games as well), they got burned almost every time. I think they either need to practice it more, or just stop doint it!

Posted by: sagaliba | November 4, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Kalorama, that is blind fanhood: so you're up 18, then your're not up 18 anymore. 18 is a lot of points, yo. I guess you and I would disagree about how the 18 points were eaten up -- but I watched the game in the 2nd quarter and the refs had EVERYTHING to do with that lead going away. Later in the second half, OK, the Wiz looked beaten: but wouldn't you also, after treatment like that?

Posted by: dpclark | November 4, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, the momentum switched after refs decided that Shaq can body up other guys, but cannot be bodied. "

The refs decided that back in 1993. If the Wizards' players haven't figured it out by now, shame on them.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"Kalorama, that is blind fanhood"

Blind fanhood is blaming the refs for everything and ignoring 3 quarters of porous defense and questionable shot selection.

"so you're up 18, then your're not up 18 anymore. 18 is a lot of points, yo."

An 18 point, mid-second quarter lead is meaningless in an NBA game against a good team (and the Cavs are a very good team). There was never any doubt the Cavs would mount a comeback. The only question was how the Wiz would respond. The answer: Not very well.

Yo.

"Later in the second half, OK, the Wiz looked beaten: but wouldn't you also, after treatment like that?"

Sure, if I were prone to folding under pressure and collapsing at the first sign of adversity.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if LeBron could actually play in a real Basketball game?

Posted by: Blurred | November 4, 2009 10:55 AM

I'm sure he's more than capable of traveling every time he touches the ball. He'd probably foul out before halftime. Does anyone else notice that as soon as Stephenson comes in the offense stops as he tries to get his. Selfish hairclog of the O.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 4, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

While I agree the refs made a number of egregiously bad calls in the 2nd quarter that changed the momentum, we did have a 41-27 advantage in FT's.

Posted by: OffseasonChamps | November 4, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"None of their bigs could slow Shaq on offense or do anything to make him work on defense."

When Brendan tried to make Shaq work on offense, Shaq spun baseline, gave Brendan that little chicken wing/hook with his left arm and the refs called the foul on Brendan. It's his third foul (I believe) and he takes a seat on the bench.

When Brendan tried to make Shaq work on defense, they called that phantom charge on Brendan in the paint when Brendan goes up with both hands on the ball. It's his fourth foul and again he gets becomes a spectator on the pine.


"The Wizards defense broke down after the first quarter and their offense devolved into quick jumpshots with no ball movement."

Agree. I think Gil had five assists at the half and FINISHED the game with five assists. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 4, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Ughhhh, tough lost......

The refs did mess up the flow of the Wizards run, with their terrible calls, but that's going to happen in King James home.(Any Wizards/ NBA fan should know that) The Wiz overall missed free throws and allowed too many points in the paint. It's a long season and a chance to correct it but I hope the free throw problem doesn't end up biting them in the butt later in the season.

Posted by: rcnasa | November 4, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Kalorama, one again, you are missing the point: yes, good teams should fight against adversity. But last night's "adversity" in the 2nd quarter was not created by the Cavaliers. It was created by the refs. Now, I don't know your idea of justice or fairness, but frankly I'm not interested in watching a sports competition where one team has help and the other team doesn't. And I'm not going to write a comment stating to the effect of: "suck it up, you can learn to win even with an arm tied behind your back." Screw that. I'm not interested in watching any more. I have sympathy for the players in that situation, not criticism or advice. My real interest now is calling out blind suckers like you, and requesting that reporters like Mike do their jobs and at least point their fingers at an obvious shell game.

Posted by: dpclark | November 4, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"When Brendan tried to make Shaq work on defense, they called that phantom charge on Brendan in the paint when Brendan goes up with both hands on the ball. It's his fourth foul and again he gets becomes a spectator on the pine."

Which would have been a lot less likely to happen if Haywood were capable of making quick, decisive offensive moves to the basket with the ball. But he's not. He's not going to put fouls on opposing bigs with his offensive moves because he doesn' have any.

"I think Gil had five assists at the half and FINISHED the game with five assists. 'Nuff said. "

Arenas was hardly the only culprit.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse


This season, or least at this point. The Cavs don't look to be as impressive as last year. The Cavs biggest problem is they cannot to run(outside of LeBron). Once Jamison returns to the line-up, the Wiz should run the Cavs outta the gym. The slowed down pace is to the Cavs advantage. The Wizs should look at tape from the Cavs v. Magic series and see how the Magic's ability to run up and down as well as hit the 3point shot hurt the Cavs.

The Cavs are built the same this year as their were last year, big and slow, so a lot of the young quicker teams should be able to beat the Cavs

Posted by: rcnasa | November 4, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

So, in other words, you're not interested in the truth or facts and prefer to whine about how "unfair" a place the world is when your team loses? Got it.

"yes, good teams should fight against adversity. "

Yes they should. End of story. Bye now.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Which would have been a lot less likely to happen if Haywood were capable of making quick, decisive offensive moves to the basket with the ball. But he's not. He's not going to put fouls on opposing bigs with his offensive moves because he doesn' have any."

Posted by: kalo_rama

I don't think anyone's looking a foul on Shaq when Brendan made his move in post within the restricted area. But a foul on BRENDAN?

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 4, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone's looking for a foul on Shaq...

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 4, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The foul on Haywood was a terrible call, no doubt. The point is, the Wizards lack of any inside offensive presence precludes them from trying to balance the scales of all the fouls they picked up trying to guard Shaq by going at Shaq in any meaningful way at the other end.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

the +14 difference in FTs was because of how the FT's were "earned". Cav's got lot's of "and1's" and the wiz had to go to the line for two because they got clobbered and missed the shots.

Cleveland was called for 2 fewer fouls than Washington. 25 v. 27.

Posted by: Blurred | November 4, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

HERE IS EXACTLY WHY THE REFS GAVE IT TO THE CAVS. Vegas had the cavs by 11.5 look at this post it says it all LOL

Cavs favored by 11.5 tonight. unbelieveable. just put 1000 bucks on the wiz to keep it within a dozen. does vegas know something we don't? or are they assuming butler won't be playing also?

Posted by: kman2 | November 3, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Cavs favored by 11.5 tonight. unbelieveable. just put 1000 bucks on the wiz to keep it within a dozen. does vegas know something we don't? or are they assuming butler won't be playing also?

I would gladly take those odds.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | November 3, 2009 3:36 PM

Posted by: rnorris6 | November 4, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

And leBron had 0...count 'em 0... called personal fouls. Right.

Enough about that. If the Wiz are gonna win big this year, they are going to have to win every single one of the games they are "supposed" to win and play like they are 12 points down against everyone else. and get two guys to the all-star game. Then, when the season is winding up, they might start getting a few of these calls. Not against LeBron or Kobe, of course, but maybe against some of the others.

Anyway. I will say this: If everyone played as hard and thoroughly as Mike Miller does, we will win a lot of games. he played straight through a couple of bad fouls and never let up. Quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I actually wish he'd shoot more. How often do you hear that?

Posted by: Blurred | November 4, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

LOL did somebody accuse Kalorama of 'blind fanhood'?

That's got to be a first. That's like accusing DCman of being excessively mellow.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 4, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Those odds (that 11.5 point margin) was actually pretty realistic. The Cavs win a lot of games at home by bigger margins.

Don't forget this club (without Shaq) finished 39-2 at home in 2008.

Then swept Detroit and Atlanta, four games to none. Became the first team in NBA history to win 7 consecutive playoff games by double digits.

That's all before Dwight Howard hit town.

Forget the first couple games. This is a very, very good club, playing at home, led by the reigning MVP.

That's why they were favored by 11+.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 4, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

'Bye Kalorama. You won't be seeing my tagline here again. Enjoy your entertainment.

Posted by: dpclark | November 4, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Last night was nothing I didn't expect. The Wizards proved they can hang with the best teams in the NBA while on the road. If they steal a few of those, like they did against the Mavs and just win the ones they should win they'll be absolutely fine.

Cleveland benefited from some bad calls and from the Wizards just getting sloppy with their passing and a little desperate at the end. Arenas generally had a bad night shooting and passing, which is partly because the Cavs did a nice job defending him. The Wizards were never out of this game though.

My only beef with the officiating in these scenarios is that I know LeBron will get these same calls in Washington. If this was a home court thing I'd be OK with it, but LeBron gets home court calls everywhere in a way that other stars don't get. I don't know if this correlates to his propensity to whine or if he's just supposed to be the "king" or what, but it's frustrating to watch as a fan of the opposing team.

Posted by: jon_quest | November 4, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Lebron NEVER has fouls. Watch the next games or go back and look at how many fouls Lebron commited in any of them. Look at box scores from last year. He had very few comitted fouls against him. He runs over anything in from of him and it is never a charge. Can't stand the arrogant butt hole.

Posted by: ivyleague | November 4, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Which would have been a lot less likely to happen if Haywood were capable of making quick, decisive offensive moves to the basket with the ball."

"Which would have been a lot less likely to happen if Haywood were capable of making quick, decisive offensive moves to the basket with the ball."

A quick dump-off did work with Haywood early. But I agree that Haywood is not a post player, so unless the guard draws the big man up, it usually doesn't work. I think Wiz should have used Blatche on some pick-and-roll against Shaq.


Posted by: sagaliba | November 4, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards defense broke down after the first quarter and their offense devolved into quick jumpshots with no ball movement. None of their bigs could slow Shaq on offense or do anything to make him work on defense. They gave up too many open looks and didn't create enough of their own.

The refereeing was terrible. But it wasn't the reason they lost. It wasn't even a major factor in the loss.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I will take Kalo's comments a step further. As I've posted on this blog before, talent alone does not make you a winner. The true test of a champion -- ANY CHAMPION -- is how you handle adversity.

The Atlanta and Cleveland games were almost mirror images of each other, although we held the lead a little longer in the Cavs game. We started quickly in both, but when they applied the pressure, we wilted. In last night's game, we basically gave up -- we lost all manner of cohesiveness, both offensively AND defensively. I understand the frustration with the refs (based on this board, we were ALL frustrated), but a champion understands that adversity, in any form (and in this case, the refs), is nothing more than an obstacle to surmount. The Cavs sure did when they absorbed the haymaker we threw at them. Yes, they had help, but had they been the Wizards, they would probably have given up in frustration, as we did, before they could get that help. I don't think we ever got down 18 last night (I believe 15 was our bottom, although it was late in the game).

It's still very early, and we have time to see the Wizard and get a heart. But until we do, we are nothing more than an extraordinarily talented team with a lot of potential. If we display any kind of heart, we're 4-0 right now.

If we are smart, we will study this game and observe what Cleveland did to overcome the early adversity, and then look at ourselves to see how we let the adversity overcome us. A champion ALWAYS goes down FIGHTING. We let the frustration cause us to give up, and champions don't do that.

With all that said, two pretty darn good teams beat us in their houses. It's not the end of the world.

Posted by: bpybay | November 4, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, the momentum switched after refs decided that Shaq can body up other guys, but cannot be bodied."

The refs decided that back in 1993. If the Wizards' players haven't figured it out by now, shame on them.

Posted by: kalo_rama
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The first part (Shaq can body up people without being called throughout his career) is true, but I don't think the 2nd part is.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 4, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

nobody answer my "40-second mark" question?

Posted by: sagaliba | November 4, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I saw, and replied to, Kalo's first post before I saw the rest of the blog. Had I read the rest of the blog first, I would have had no reason to post my last comments. He hits the nail on the head! If you don't agree that champions must ALWAYS fight through ANY adversity, and NEVER, EVER give up, then you don't know what it is to be a champion. Last night's game was a test. There will be others, and I'm sure that as the season progresses, we will pass our share. Last night they failed miserably, IMO.

Posted by: bpybay | November 4, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"Wizards fans, avert your eyes after about the 40-second mark:"

Can someone give me a hint, what am I suposed to see?

Posted by: sagaliba | November 4, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

It was all Cavs from that point.

Posted by: bpybay | November 4, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"It was all Cavs from that point."

I see, thanks. I thought was a particular play.

Talking about "one play," I think the hard foul Shaq laid on DS (and people are right, he can do that because he is "Shaq," i.e., star treatment) is significant. It sort of tells other Cavs that they are not going to jut let Wizards running the show without putting up a fight (literally).

Posted by: sagaliba | November 4, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

So I wasn't the only one that noticed the horrible officiating. I specially liked the missed foul on miller at the end of one of the quarters. He got hit in the arm and the refs just shrugged their shoulders. Couldn't they see he was wearing Lebron's shoes?

Posted by: Fontana1 | November 4, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"You won't be seeing my tagline here again."

Promises, promises.

"Enjoy your entertainment."

I'm sure I will without your myopic bleating around to distract me.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Delonte West had three loaded guns and an 8 1/2-inch bowie knife when he was pulled over on the Capital Beltway in September."

How can this man not be in jail when Plaxico Burress is already in jail? Three loaded guns by a mentally depressed man out in the public! He should at least be in a mental institution!

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought Caron was too hyped. The team had good ball movement but it would stick when it got to him. He, to me, seemed to content trying to go one on one against Lebron -- and not get good shots from the offense. He needed to slow down a bit and let the game come to him.

Stevenson was in when they Cavs started to make their run. He had about three straight bad possessions where he too was forcing the issue. One time in particular he had an open break and should have gotten rid of the ball and turned it over.

Then we just got out of sync. This team is really good when they pass and move the ball.

Posted by: cwhiteco | November 4, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I thought Caron was too hyped. The team had good ball movement but it would stick when it got to him. He, to me, seemed to content trying to go one on one against Lebron -- and not get good shots from the offense. He needed to slow down a bit and let the game come to him.

Posted by: cwhiteco | November 4, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Excellent point cwhiteco, and one I had intended to make. For some odd reason, Caron has become somewhat of a black hole so far this season. I'm all for his being aggressive, but I agree completely that his one-on-one forays are bogging down the offense. Very surprising, given his ability to make plays. I'd be quite surprised if he has more than four or five assists on the SEASON (granted, he's only played 2 1/2 games). Hope it doesn't become a trend.

Posted by: bpybay | November 4, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame the Wiz for packing it in. Can't play 5-on-8 without being a little frustrated.

Posted by: The_Brown_Vice_President | November 4, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

You can't do anything in life without becoming "a little frustrated" at times. Question is, do you let your frustrations take you out of your element. There is a well known prayer that goes: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

You don't have control of the refs. You do have control over yourself. If you allow the refs to take you out of your game (which we did last night), you effectively give up control over what you DO have control over. Perhaps they would still have lost had they continued to play through the referee challenge, but they gave up, so we'll never know. Plain and simple.

You said you "don't blame the Wiz for packing it in." This team is aspiring to win a championship. You don't EVER "pack it in" if you want to be a champion. If you, Brown, ever aspire to something great, you had best remove that phrase "packing it in" from your vocabulary.

Posted by: bpybay | November 4, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious, bpybay? You're questioning my life aspirations because of a blog post about an NBA regular season game?

Get over yourself. You don't know me nor my station in life. Preach to your kids, if you have any. No need to go preaching on the internet.

And quit dropping cliches like they're this morning's turd. Championship teams don't go all out 100% of the time. It's why coaches pull starters in blowout games.

Posted by: The_Brown_Vice_President | November 5, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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