Cavaliers Preview Game #37: Wiz at Cavs

Washington Wizards (11-21) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (27-9)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
7:00 PM EST

Oh boy, where do we even begin with this one? Just two months ago the Wiz came into town boasting a 2-1 record while the Cavs had limped to a 2-2 start, and the confidence of Wizards fans was through the roof. Of course, the Cavaliers came away with 102-90 victory that night and really haven’t looked back. For the Wiz, their journey to this point in time has been completely different. I’m not going to get into the Arenas situation  and the fact that everyone on the team is now trade bait, other than just to say I’m thankful right now to follow the Cavaliers and not the Wizards.

Tonight’s game is one of those ones where perhaps the Wizards will band together, bonded by their recent controversies, their uncertain future status, and their hatred of the Cavaliers to create an Us vs World mentality. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers will make their first attempt to adjusting to life without Jamario Moon tonight. Regardless of all the subplots involved in this matchup, I still expect to see a quality game tonight. After all, the Cavaliers will be wearing their CavFanatic 80s style uniforms with the Wine and Gold colors. With uniforms like these, how can they lose?


(Update: Arenas has in fact been suspended indefinitely, deemed “unfit” to play in the NBA. )

Projected Starting Lineups

Washington Wizards:

-G Gilbert Arenas (22.6 ppg, 7.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 18.88 PER)
-G Randy Foye (7.4 ppg, 1.5 apg, .389 3P%, 12.17 PER)
-F Caron Butler (16.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 14.04 PER)
-F Antawn Jamison (21.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 0.3 spg, 19.25 PER)
-C Brendan Haywood (9.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 14.97 PER)

Key Reserves: Andray Blatche, Mike James, Earl Boykins, Nick Young, DeShawn Stevenson, Fabricio Oberto

Injuries: Mike Miller (out)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-G Mo Williams (17.6 ppg, 5.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 17.56 PER)
-G Anthony Parker (7.1 ppg, 1.8 apg, .458 3P%, 9.54 PER)
-F LeBron James (28.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 7.8 apg, 30.58 PER)
-F JJ Hickson (6.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.4 bpg, 12.76 PER)
-C Shaquille O’Neal (10.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 15.51 PER)

Key Reserves: Anderson Varejao, Delonte West, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Daniel Gibson

Injuries: Jamario Moon (out), Leon Powe (out)

Team Efficiency Stats

Washington Wizards:

-Off (99.1 ppg, 42.4 rpg, .444 FG%, 18.5 apg, 14.6 TOpg, Eff-101.6, Rank-23)
-Def (102.5 ppg, 43.7 rpg, .451 FG%, Eff-105.3, Rank-20)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Off (100.0 ppg, 42.1 rpg, .480 FG%, 21.3 apg, 14.4 TOpg, Eff-107.3, Rank-6)
-Def (93.5 ppg, 38.6 rpg, .432 FG%, Eff-99.4, Rank-4)

Previous Matchups

  1. Washington 90 at Cleveland 102 – 11/03/09 [box]
  2. Cleveland 91 at Washington 108 – 11/18/09 [box]

Future Matchups


Game Notes

These two teams have a lot of history, and the home team seems to generally be the one to take care of business, similar to the Cavs-Celtics series. So it was that the Cavaliers handily defeated Washington at home in November and the Wizards then returned the favor later that month, pounding the Cavaliers in DC. So with that in mind, I’m glad this game is at home.

The big thing to look for is if the Cavaliers can get some help from their support system. Not just the 2nd unit, but it’s time for Parker and Hickson to start pulling their weight as well. Jamison is a quality defender, but Hickson has the edge in quickness and athleticism. We’ll see if he’s learned enough yet to find a way to contribute against Jamison. In the 2 previous games he’s played horribly. As for Parker, he’ll be going up against Foye. AP has about a 2 inch height advantage, but Foye is no slouch physically and it could be a tough matchup for AP. Just like Hickson, Parker has also played 2 terrible games against Washington. One of those 2 needs to snap out of it and start making a difference.

It would be foolish to think that just because the Wiz are going through some external turmoil that these guys no longer have the heart to play. They beat the Sixers in Philly just last night, and if Gilbert is a distraction, that’s news to everyone involved. Arenas put up 19 pts and 14 assists while Jamison notched 32 pts and 14 rebounds. They got 21 pts off the bench from Nick Young and 32 bench pts all together.

The moral of the story is the Cavaliers better not just expect the Wiz to roll over and die. This team has fight in them. You know LeBron and Mo will show up to play, the question will be who will join them. The Cavaliers can try to use their size to exploit Washington inside. If they’re successful at that, it will open up open shots from the outside. The Wizards are 26th in opponent points from 3 pointers, so they will give you open shots if you work for them. This is further reason why Daniel Gibson better be getting some major minutes in this game.

Vegas Line

Cleveland –13
Over/Under 197.5

From The Outside Looking In

Truth About It
Bullets Forever
Agent Dagger
DC Sports Blog

Next Game For The Cavaliers

Friday, January 8, 2010
10:30 PM EST
Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver Nuggets

  • BB

    Looks like Arenas just got suspended and won’t be playing tonight.

  • TO

    This is why I love David Stern…check out his press release on Arenas, “he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game.” Wow…sounds like we’ve seen the last of old Gilly for a while.

  • Marty

    Can we ask JJ and Jamison to just quietly switch places? Sneaky in-game trade.

  • Denny

    I can’t wait to read Arenas’ lack of a filter via Twitter. The guy’s certifiable.

  • historycat

    “His ongoing conduct”

    Looks like you should’t have played cops and robbers on the bench last night in Philly.

  • historycat

    ESPN news just said that Wiz are now looking to move EVERYONE and that the Cavs are in the lead for Jamison

  • Eli

    Arenas boggles the mind. He spend alot of time in the Washington community trying to come off like a really stand-up guy and a role model. And now he turns around doesn’t understand that people are upset with him? A strong role model in a city that has a substantial african american population that look up to him and a huge history of gun violence is playing around with guns like they are toys for jokes. The changed the name from Bullets for a reason Gil.

  • Clown Baby

    This is a blessing in disguise for Washington. It should give them a case to void out his RIDICULOUS contract.

  • historycat

    His last few hours of tweets have been pretty amusing.

    He got into cleveland last night, Cleveland police are on high alert.

  • Harv 21

    “That is quite enough, Mr. Arenas, please step off the stage. Mr. Jamison? Mr. Butler? Come forward where we can see you. That’s it. You have 48 minutes. What would you like to sing for us tonight?”

  • Mark

    Gilbert is a dummy dumb for his comments after last nights game. Dosen’t he realize David Stern is Kaiser Soze? Gilbert won’t be heard from again in quite some time.

  • Clown Baby

    Talk about being left for dead…here is the Wizards response on Agent Zero’s suspension:

    “We fully endorse the decision of the NBA to indefinitely suspend Gilbert Arenas. Strictly legal issues aside, Gilbert’s recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable. Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert’s behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable. Under Abe Pollin’s leadership, our organization never tolerated such behavior, and we have no intention of ever doing so.”

  • Jack


  • Jack

    Let’s hope we can wrangle Antawn away before they void that albatross of a contract.

  • Anthony
  • sam

    Brian Windhorst on twitter: The Cavs have officially waived Coby Karl. Roster now at 14. Jawad Williams, Darnell Jackson, Danny Green’s contracts now guaranteed.

  • mitchum man

    I actually feel bad for him. I never disliked him and he doesn’t really come across like a thug. he stands to lose a hundred million dollars for a dumb joke. If I could only put that kind of penalty on my fathers puns…

  • historycat

    6 of 9 losses are against sub .500 teams? I didn’t realize it was that bad.

  • Eli

    On the Wizards tv feed, they mentioned that the Wizards’ minority owner (Caps Owner) is at the game to meet and talk with Dan Gilbert.

  • Eli

    That’s certainly alot of Jawad Williams

  • historycat

    I love how our TV guys are relentless on Stevenson!


  • Eli

    The Wiz seem incredibly disinterested in this game. The Cavs are just kinda going through the motions and dominating them.

  • Denny

    Anthony – you just lapped the entire internet with that comment. You’ve got a solid lead for comment of 2010.

  • Saggy

    I, for one, am very happy for Jawad. He is a good guy with strong character – always ready to go. He has worked really hard even though he knows he’s only going to average about 15 minutes per.

    That’s per season.

    Regardless, I’m happy that he’s guaranteed to make all that dough – Karl comes from an obviously wealthy family so he won’t be on food stamps anytime soon.

  • cody

    Is it just me or is Lebron falling backwards again on his jumpers? Also does JJ Hickson have bologna sandwiches for hands? He doesn’t play much defense but if we can swoop Jamison, I’m all for it. Anyone know if the Arenas unpaid suspension will effect the Wizards desire to free up cap space?

  • DCBucks

    We need a name for the Cavs third quarter lapses.

  • historycat

    Have we ever scored 100 before the 4th quarter before?

    It’s pretty, but some defense would be better by far.

  • Denny


  • Mark

    The Wizards broadcast keeps talking about their nice shooting night. Um…your guys just gave up 101 pts through 3 quarters! I think you need to focus on, oh, maybe some defense?

  • historycat

    Stevenson’s reaction after Mo’s 3 was priceless. Awesome.

  • historycat

    Ok, it’s actually a little sad to see a team this beaten-down.

    Just a little.

  • Mark

    historycat – normaly I would agree on the D but against these chumps, why bother? The Wizards have to be one of the worst defensive teams I have ever seen. Just pathetic.

  • saggy

    sorry if this has shown up somewhere else on this website but i just saw this on it is a tweet from some dude “docfunk”:

    David Stern just put 3 suspensions around Gil’s locker and made him pick one.

    now THAT’S funny.

  • historycat

    2 reasons Mark,

    1. Consistency. Don’t ever get to far from what you want the core of your team to be. That’s how you get into bad habits. No matter who you play, or how many points you score don’t forget about defense. This is why people say we play down to our opponents.

    2. well. . . I forgot number 2.

  • Denny

    @saggy – docfunk is a really, really funny guy. His tweets make me laugh a lot.

  • historycat

    Good job by the bench to maintain the margin.

  • Oppie

    Watching Jamison tonight made me want to see him in a Cavs uniform even more. Even with all of the distractions from the day, he put up a game high 26 points in 28 minutes, not too shabby. It would sure be nice to have that kind of production from the PF position.

  • adapterdesign

    They should have called the game on a slaughter rule and just had a shoot out between Delonte and Arenas.

  • sam

    OFFTOPIC: Cribbs just went off on Twitter:

    I’m sorry to all the fans that u have to endore this, but I now see that this is business for them and loyalty means nothing & wait 4 what?
    Should I wait for OTA’s, the draft, another season to prove my worth?…
    Ok, enough of all that, I just hate being taken advantage of… Wooossaaaahh.. What else is new?

  • PayDaMan

    This is horrible. I feel like im being punched in the stomach. Its sad when a guy loves cleveland and we treat him like $hit.

  • milton

    “Ok, enough of all that, I just hate being taken advantage of… ”

    When’s his contract expire?

    And who held the gun to his head to force him to sign it?

    His average salary approaches $1.2 million. Nothing about that even remotely approaches “being taken advantage of” status. Sorry.

  • PayDaMan

    It expires in 2012. No one held a gun to his head and told him to sign it. He wasn’t the same player as he is now when he signed the contract. He is the best at what he does. He is paid less then mediocre returners are. Why must you hate Milton?

  • milton

    If you call that hate, you don’t understand the word.

    If you take contention with my point that this doesn’t qualify as “being taken advantage of”, then I’m sorry, that’s your problem.

  • milton

    They sign contracts. Values change. Different players contracts come up at different times.

    If they don’t like being locked in, don’t sign the contract. They can choose to go year to year. He wanted the security of a long term deal, he got what he wanted, and now he says he’s “being taken advantage of”? Sure. OK.

  • S-Dub

    I was at the game tonight and sat 5 rows from the basket. Jamison’s D is really miserable. I saw JJ post him up, hit a quick spin move and lay it in. BUT, if he’s the best we can get at the deadline. DO IT. That being said, the Jazz beat writers said the team has made EVERYONE available not named Deron Williams. GO GET BOOZER. Goodnight.

  • Anthony

    Denny – *takes a bow* #FreeJamison

  • phil m

    Lakers lose, Cavs romp, and a WFNY Cavs post gets 40+ comments, some of which sound like Yankees fans coveting their opponents’ best players.

    Life is good in Cleveland for a day.