Round 1, Cleveland at Washington, Game 4, Sunday 1:00 pm ET
Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards
Dec 5: at Washington 105, Cleveland 86
Jan 23: at Cleveland 121, Washington 85
Feb 22: at Cleveland 90, Washington 89
Mar 13: at Washington 101, Cleveland 99
1st round matchup
Gm. 1: at Cleveland 93, Washington 86
Gm. 2: at Cleveland 116, Washington 86
Gm 3: at Washington 108, Cleveland 72
I think it's a must win situation for the Cavaliers after suffering a major defeat in the hands of the Wizards in Game 3, and i predict Lebron James will be having a great performance in the Verizon Center after being called out by the crowd as "Overrated".
I know the Wizards stunned the Cavs last game, but i think this team is capable of bouncing back after the game 3 indigestion.
Cavs need to play together as a team, and they would be tested in the Wizards home court if they have the will power to win this series.
WASHINGTON (AP) After the Cleveland Cavaliers' worst playoff loss ever, coach Mike Brown got a text message from his junior college coach.
"One hiccup does not mean indigestion,'' said Brown, recalling the note from Tom Bennett of Mesa Community College in Arizona. "I got a nice little laugh out of him. It's the truth. It's up to us to come out and play better in Game 4.''
That is Sunday at Washington, and the Wizards expect to have Gilbert Arenas in the starting lineup. The guard left with a bruised left knee after logging 10 minutes in Game 3, but practiced Saturday and will start, coach Eddie Jordan said.
"I was trying to slow him down so he could save his legs, but he looked good and he looks like he's ready to go,'' Jordan said.
The Cavaliers have a 2-1 lead in the first-round series, but are eager to move past their 108-72 loss in Game 3. LeBron James scored 22 points, but the Wizards double-teamed him and kept him from roaming the lane. He was just 2-for-4 from the free throw line.
Cleveland is just 3-10 on the road since trading for Smith, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and Ben Wallace. Two of those wins were against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats and New York Knicks. The only playoff team the Cavs beat was the Philadelphia 76ers, and that came in a controversial one-point win.
Brown said mistakes catch up with the Cavaliers when they're away from home, and the last game was no exception.
"We haven't done a good job focusing in on the defensive end of the floor,'' he said. "The biggest thing is that we've turned the ball over. When we turn the ball over, it's led to easy points for the other team.''