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The Other Side: Cleveland Cavaliers

This is it. Unless they meet in the playoffs, this is the only time this season that Washington Wizards fans will be able to express their love and affection for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The last time Cleveland came to Washington, the Wizards snapped the Cavaliers' 13-game win streak as they fielded a team with Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood for the only time all season.


I love you, too, D.C. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

There always seems to be good reason for the Wizards to be upset with the Cavaliers, but here is another: The Wizards' six-game losing streak began on Nov. 3 in Cleveland, when they blew an 18-point first half lead before Shaquille O'Neal knocked them over -- he clobbered DeShawn Stevenson and sent the rest of Washington's big men to the bench in foul trouble.

The Cavaliers (8-3) lost their next game against Chicago but they have won five straight since, including a 114-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. Here's what else you need to know about the Cavaliers:

1. The Wizards likely won't have to worry about seeing Shaq tonight. He has come down with something the Cavaliers are listing as a "shoulder strain" and is listed as "doubtful." They have won their past two games against Utah and Golden State without him, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst offers this explanation: "He does have a shoulder injury but it is not serious. They haven't even said which shoulder it is. In fact, they haven't even issued an injury report with their highest-paid player on the sidelines. He's simply been given time off." Alrighty then.

2. J.J. Hickson has been a surprisingly efficient starter. Coach Mike Brown decided that the O'Neal/Anderson Varejao frontline wasn't working out, so he paired the more athletic Hickson with O'Neal and the team hasn't lost since he was inserted in the starting lineup against the New York Knicks on Nov. 6. In his past three games, the second-year forward is averaging 19.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. He had a career-high 21 points (on 9 of 9 shooting) with nine rebounds against Golden State on Tuesday. He'll have to come up big again with Varejao doubtful tonight with a hip contusion.

3. The problem with being LeBron James these days is that everything he says becomes a national headline and sometimes he sparks a controversy. On Tuesday, James said that he could help the Cleveland Browns win if he committed to football again. (Today, Browns Coach Eric Mangini said he would give LeBron a shot.)

Last week, James said he planned to honor Michael Jordan by switching from No. 23 to No. 6 next season. His comments infuriated Associated Press columnist Jim Litke, who said Jordan doesn't need help from LeBron.


By Michael Lee  |  November 18, 2009; 2:25 PM ET
 
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Comments

1st! kill tha cavs

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 18, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Not much chance of that with MILLER, AJ, FOYE all playing hurt, and ARENAS only 75% of what he was.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 18, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

AJ is healthy and Miller looked pretty good for a guy with a bad shoulder on Saturday night. I can't speak for Foye, but Arenas is at more than 75% so there really aren't any excuses why the Wiz can't win (assuming the officials don't let LeTravel have his way!)

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 18, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

1st off---I don't like L.James.
I watched most of the 2nd half GSW Cav game last night. L'James was a monster. He came off the bench in the 4th Q & couldn't be stopped. GSW played pretty good against them but James commanded too much attention and when he wanted to score the Warriors could not stop him even when they d'ed up in his face he knocked down a 3 that took the wind out of them late in the game.
Hoping we can start some kind of winning streak against them. We can't give them anything easy.

Posted by: VBFan | November 18, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Against the Warriors I could drop 40, so I'm not gonna give LeBron too much credit for his game last night. We have a much improved defense (especially with Hollywood manning the post) so LeBron will have to work to get his inside tonight.

As long as Gilbert finds a groove, we can win this game. Our team is back at full strength, and our crowd knows this much, and knows the opponent. These are the games where we step up. It's the games against the Nets, Pacers, Bobcats, etc. that worry me.

Posted by: KellRawLive | November 18, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that the Wiz better get some "Homer" calls from the Refs tonight if they have any chance of winning.

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 18, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about "home cooking" and the Wiz. We all know LeBron is going to get his share of calls regardless of the location of the game. The Wiz need to be smart and play aggressively. If we get a little gun-shy and start settling for jumpers and those shots don't go in, it could be a long night.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 18, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

johnny boy tha wiz never get home cookin. i can't temember the last time i felt like the wiz were gettin bailed out by refs (like the game in Cle). if the refs are deciding the game the game, the Gil and the gang might as well stay home. Bet a dub mo williams shoots more fts than gil tonight.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 18, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

i would have drafted JJ Hickson before I took Javale McGee, and today I would trade Javale for Hickson. It just seems that EG has something against traditional power forwards. What part of "power" doesn't he get?

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | November 18, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Attendees tonight should bring diapers and waive them when lebron cries and moans to the refs. Is that a lame idea?

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | November 18, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

It's risky. Those diapers might have to double as hankies if the Wiz implode again and blow another double-digit second-half lead.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 18, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

We got this one. I know we'll be firing from all cylinders. Without Varejao and Shaq, we should be able to out muscle them on the boards and play some solid defense in the paint...Mo williams is for me the major question mark, cuz you know what your getting from jebron lames... he cant be stopped in this league by anyone. Let's hope deshawn brings the fire he usually has against the cavs.

Posted by: bbachrac | November 18, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"jebron lames"

Good one.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 18, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I am a wiz fan but I am not a Lebron Hater like some fans. He is not the only superstar player that gets calls, he is not the only one that whines when he doesn't. One of my favorite players and biggest whiners is AI. Kobe is a whiner. The celts get away with mauling you in their house and Rondo can apparently start fights when he feels like it and not get suspended or even ejected. So why single out Lebron? I guess cleveland fans felt that way about MJ all those years. We wiz fans should take a lesson from those NY Knicks fans who had to watch MJ beat them all those years. Root for your team yes, but respect a great player from your rival team for what he is, a star player with game thus he gets the calls. Because for real, we cant stop lebron even if the refs dont send him to the line. How Stevenson became a rival to lebron is still a mystery. He must have talked himself into that status. He did not play himself into it.

Posted by: ged0386 | November 18, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

i would have drafted JJ Hickson before I took Javale McGee, and today I would trade Javale for Hickson. It just seems that EG has something against traditional power forwards. What part of "power" doesn't he get?

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | November 18, 2009 5:00 PM


Change your postname to hindsight GM. Or show me your archived post where you stated we should draft JJ Hickson that year in the draft. You probably did not even know who he or McGee was at the time or what round they were drafted in. But I am sure you can google it now. I am sure you were posting on this website two years ago. Show me the one where you called money. Otherwise stop being the typical now it all on the web sports expert.

Posted by: ged0386 | November 18, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

@ZardsFan1
Yes, that is a VERY LAME idea!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | November 18, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Attendees tonight should bring diapers and waive them when lebron cries and moans to the refs. Is that a lame idea?

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | November 18, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse
might be misconstrued as a comment on Shaq bonig Gil's girl while she's prego with their third.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 18, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I think LeBron is pretty cool,but when he started slobbering about MJ last week i thought i was going to get physically ill i have a strong dislike for MJ and it goes back a long ways even before he came to the Wizards yeah you can have him,his jersey's and his "jordans" everytime i see someone wearing that goofy 23 on a wizards jersey i want to puke then i want to LMAO at how stupid wizard fans look. Tonight they've got a shot to turn it around against Lebron but they need to play their best game of this season so far, defense will be critical and they need to keep Verajo off the offensive glass and don't settle for jump shots and the fans need to be into it, yeah i need something to brag about here in the A-T-L these Hawk fans are killin me!

Posted by: dargregmag | November 18, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I think LeBron feels that everyone relates to MJ when they see # 23. He wants his own #. So people will only think of HIM when they see it.

Posted by: VBFan | November 18, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I think LeBron is pretty cool,but when he started slobbering about MJ last week i thought i was going to get physically ill i have a strong dislike for MJ and it goes back a long ways even before he came to the Wizards yeah you can have him,his jersey's and his "jordans" everytime i see someone wearing that goofy 23 on a wizards jersey i want to puke then i want to LMAO at how stupid wizard fans look. Tonight they've got a shot to turn it around against Lebron but they need to play their best game of this season so far, defense will be critical and they need to keep Verajo off the offensive glass and don't settle for jump shots and the fans need to be into it, yeah i need something to brag about here in the A-T-L these Hawk fans are killin me!

Posted by: dargregmag | November 18, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

__________________________________________
The Hawks have fans??

Posted by: Utilityman1 | November 18, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse


1. Reports (okay, rumors) surface that Shaq has been "seeing" Gil's fiancee.
2. Days later, Shaq's wife files for legal separation.
3. Shaq's not even in the building tonight for a minor unspecified "shoulder injury".

The "rumor" passes the smell test.

Posted by: and_1 | November 18, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that you people in D.C. think the wizards have a chance against the cavs, but they don't P.S. Wishful Thinking

Posted by: wickaveli | November 18, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

We just beat the cavs by like 17 points. wickaveli, your a dumbass.

Posted by: bbachrac | November 18, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love that wishful thinking!

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 18, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Shaq figured it would be better for all involved if he didn't show up...real BIG of him. Boned Gil's chick over a 5 year period damn near sending this cat into a nervous breakdown...I don't know who is worse, his big dumbazz or the whorish gf.

And, let's see: DS played 17 mins., had 2 pts, 3boards, 1 block, 1 dime. Mr. Consistent, that one. Maybe he could learn from Earl how to pressure the ball up the court. Boykins is almost as annoying as Lue was at pressing the ball. Glad Earl is around to give a defensive presence

Posted by: kahlua87 | November 18, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

what?

Posted by: and_1 | November 19, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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