Wizards 109, Cavs 101 (box)
Nice to know that the Wizards show up when it matters most. Wait a minute. This was a regular season game? Never mind. The Cavs played a bad game against the Wizards last night. The Cavs still managed to come back on the Wizards in the second half as they knocked down the Wiz’s 14 point lead. In the end, the Cavs were unable to hold off the Wizards and they broke up the Cavs’ 13 game winning streak. Now, the particulars.
- The player of the night was apparently Darnell Jackson. His +/- was +12. He had two points and five rebounds. He and Mo Williams (+4) were the only players who had +s in the box score.
- There was much talk about this being the return of Gilbert Arenas, but he looked really rusty. He was 3-11 shooting and shot a couple real clunkers from beyond the three point line. It will be interesting to see what kind of player he turns out to be the rest of his career after the knee problems. Despite the rivalry, I have always enjoyed Gilbert Arenas’ game and how he goes about his business.
- Caron Butler was a monster last night with 25 points. His big games seem so sneaky to me. You aren’t quite sure how well he is playing and then all of a sudden he puts up 25 points.
- For the first time in a while, I really missed Ben Wallace. It seemed as if the Cavs were completely overmatched in the paint. That includes Varejao, Ilgauskas, and Joe Smith. I don’t have a stat to back it up, but it seemed that the Cavs were worse at protecting the paint than normal.
- Did anyone see Deshawn Stevenson last night? That underachieving journeyman role-player was hurt, but I am sure he was really prideful last night for no reason. That makes me angry.
So that’s what it feels like to lose. I had forgotten with the streak of victories that the Cavs had been displaying lately. It stinks to lose to the Wizards, but then again, it is just one game. It is one loss out of 14 on the season for the Cavs. Let’s hope they were just looking ahead to tonight’s matchup against Orlando in Orlando. Orlando is also coming off a streak-ending loss at the hands of Bosh and the Raptors. They dropped that game 99-95 to end a six game winning streak.
Apparently, Stan Van Gundy is still salty about the Cavs’ latest victory over the Magic in Cleveland.
“You won’t see that call again. That, I guarantee you,” Van Gundy said. “You will not see, with the game on the line, a 3-second call in the last 10 seconds. That’s part of the reason they’re 30-1 at home. They’re a very good team, and when you get calls like that (expletive), you’re in pretty good shape.”
Can someone relay this to Lebron just in case he hadn’t heard that he didn’t actually win the game against the Magic? Apparently the referees had more to do with it than the presumptive MVP.