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Old 04-28-2007, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Round 1: Cavs vs Wizards, Game 4 and series wrapup

Games 1, 2 and 3 were discussed here: http://www.insidehoops.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38053
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:41 PM   #2
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I pray to God that the Cavaliers would end the series in Game 4.

Lebron James have a memorable performance scoring 3O Points, 9 Assists and 6 rebounds.

The Cavaliers Heart and determination would be tested in the 2nd round when they face a better competition in the Nets/Raptors Series winner.
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Old 04-28-2007, 09:45 PM   #3
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The GODZILLA's Game has return i am talking about 10 yrs. NBA Veteran Zydrunas Ilgauskas who have a great game today scoring 24 Points and 8 rebounds.

Z will be a valuable assets in the Cavaliers lineup in the 2nd round.
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James' near triple-double sets Cavs up for franchise's first sweep






THE KING IS BACK ON HIS THRONE Lebron James will return to his Palace in Auburn Hills and beat the Detroit Pistons.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, is crowded by Washington Wizards Jarvis Hayes during the second half of an NBA basketball opening-round playoff game in Washington, Saturday, April 28, 2007. The Cavaliers won 98-92 and lead the series 3-0. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Team Stat Comparison
CLEVELAND WASHINGTON
Points 98 92
FG Made-Attempted 38-76 (.500) 36-83 (.434)
3P Made-Attempted 6-13 (.462) 7-22 (.318)
FT Made-Attempted 16-18 (.889) 13-16 (.813)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-48 11-33
Assists 24 18
Turnovers 12 7
Steals 3 6
Blocks 3 3
Fast Break Points 18 12
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 17 5

Top Performers

CLEVELAND WASHINGTON

L. James
Points: 30
Reb: 6
Ast: 9
Stl: 1
Blk: 0

A. Jamison

Points: 38
Reb: 11
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 0

Game Leaders

CLEVELAND WASHINGTON
Points L. James 30 A. Jamison 38
Rebounds D. Gooden 12 A. Jamison 11
Assists L. James 9 A. Daniels 13
Steals L. James 1 D. Songaila 3
Blocks L. Hughes 1 A. Daniels 1


Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are mastering the art of doing just enough to win. This time, they managed to blow a 17-point second-half lead against the short-handed Washington Wizards.

But win the Cavaliers did, so it's hard to argue too much with the results. When the big basket was needed, LeBron James hit a struggling but wide-open Sasha Pavlovic for a 3-pointer in the final minute of Saturday night's 98-92 victory, giving Cleveland a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.

James had his best game of the series with 30 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Cavaliers, who on Monday can complete the first playoff sweep in franchise history, a result that wouldn't be surprising since the Wizards are missing injured All-Stars Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler.

"We're not playing against a high school team," James said. "We're not playing against an NCAA team. It's the NBA. No matter what personnel is on the floor, we have to win the ball game, it's as simple as that. We win by 20, we win by one or we win by six, like we did tonight, a win is a win.

Now can we clean up some things? Yes, definitely. But as far as talking about we're barely getting over the edge? We're up 3-0. We should feel happy about that."

In an attempt to inspire the crowd and their teammates, Arenas and Butler were introduced with Washington's starting lineup. Arenas gingerly limped down the steps and across the court on his surgically repaired knee as the crowd went wild.

It was a nice try, but the Game 3 followed the same script as Games 1 and 2. The Wizards, while competitive, couldn't finish the job. The most glaring statistic was Washington's 6-for-20 shooting in the fourth quarter.

"We just didn't make plays again when we needed to," coach Eddie Jordan said. "You spend so much energy (coming back) that a little bit of fatigue sets in and you can't finish the play sometimes."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 24 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, but it was James' passing that helped Cleveland hold on in the final minutes. He fed Drew Gooden for a dunk, Ilgauskas for a jumper and drove to the basket before dishing out to Pavlovic for the 3-pointer that pushed the lead to six with 25 seconds to play.

"I had a good look at it, but Sasha had a better look," James said. "It's all about making a better play -- and that was the better play. I've done it time and time and time again."

James said he asked coach Mike Brown to call that specific play, even though Pavlovic was having a rough night.

"I missed all wide-open shots," said Pavlovic, who finished 5-for-12 from the field and had five turnovers. "And I'm glad my teammates believed in me and they still kept passing me the ball when I was wide open. I had to make that shot."

The Wizards had trouble getting a good look on their next possession, and the game was essentially over when Roger Mason missed a 3-pointer.

Antawn Jamison scored a career playoff-high 38 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Wizards. Antonio Daniels, who drove more aggressively to the basket than he did in the first two games, finished with 20 points and 13 assists, and Jarvis Hayes had 15 points.

"They made more plays down the stretch than we did," Hayes said. "We played hard, but we just could not get the win. It was very disappointing."

Washington had hoped the comforts of home would give them the final push needed to beat the Cavaliers, even though the Wizards have lost seven straight at home and haven't won at the Verizon Center since March 28 -- the week before Arenas and Butler (hand) were injured.

Instead, the blowout everyone had been expecting.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:14 PM   #5
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Oh goodness, was there really a need to post a celebratory article about the Cavs being on there way to a near sweep of a team that lost it's two best players? I can already see Cavs fans playing up this accomplishment. It's like kicking a guy in the nuts after his legs have been run over by a car.
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So Cavsfan = that other retard? Ah well, at least it forced him to like, go through a bit of trouble and stuff. :)

Didn't catch the game, but I honestly thought we could pull out a win. Disappointing. One win in the series would at least be a little uplifting. Another pathetic 3-14 showing from DeShawn. Ugh.

Looks like Antonio and Tawn played well though, and we were in it til the end. And 9 minutes for Haywood... WOOT!
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Old 04-29-2007, 12:51 AM   #7
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Default Re: Round 1: Cavs vs Wizards, going into game 4

I'll really be surprised if the Wizards don't steal one at home. They've been playing really great ball. I mean they're missing two all stars and they've been in the last two games right up until the end.

But the Cavs will win the series if not in the next game.

I really think that we need to start cheering for Toronto though, because I really believe that we match up better against them in the 2nd round.

I think that Jason Kidd and Vince Carter will give us fits if we end up playing the Nets. Both of these guys are playing incredible basketball right now.

Kidd's last stat line: 16 points, 19 assists, 16 rebounds. That's INSANE.

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Since when is 30-6-9 a "near" triple double?
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Since when is 30-6-9 a "near" triple double?
How many of your 160+ posts are either directly or indirectly related to LeBron? Admit your man crush and move on.
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Default Re: Round 1: Cavs vs Wizards, going into game 4

This series is a joke. Look last yr me and GeeWiz were at all series. THis yr no point. Wizards might come out of this series in a better place. I think Jamison has really helped his stock and they might to be able to get JO for Him and filler now.
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How many of your 160+ posts are either directly or indirectly related to LeBron? Admit your man crush and move on.

What are you talking about? I respect LeBron James as a great basketball talent and I've even mentioned how he deserves more MVP consideration than Nash or Dirk. Him and Kobe are the 2 best players on the planet right now. I just don't get caught up in all the hype and sip the LBJ Kool-Aide.
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They are the 2 greatest NBA player of all time Kobe and Lebron James.
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i wouldnt get too excited about potentially sweeping the wiz, this was expected.

it's not guaranteed that the cavs will even make it past toronto/nets. That second round matchup will be tougher than people think
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What are you talking about? I respect LeBron James as a great basketball talent and I've even mentioned how he deserves more MVP consideration than Nash or Dirk. Him and Kobe are the 2 best players on the planet right now. I just don't get caught up in all the hype and sip the LBJ Kool-Aide.
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LeBron has the charisma and personality of a rusty nail. It should be a train wreck. Can't wait to see him F up on national TV. lol.

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To make the commercial more realistic.....they need to include a referee (preferably Joey Crawford) to whistle a phantom foul for every shot Dwayne Wade attempts and to allow LeBron James 5-steps to get to the basket.

These are your usual responses to anything LeBron/Cavalier related. Please show me the post in which you called LeBron "a great basketball talent" and how he "deserved MVP consideration". Maybe you did that under a different username and are confusing yourself?

You are notorious for spewing hate toward LeBron any chance that you get.
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i wouldnt get too excited about potentially sweeping the wiz, this was expected.

it's not guaranteed that the cavs will even make it past toronto/nets. That second round matchup will be tougher than people think
Who said they were excited and who said that next round would be easy?
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