Cavs standing up to Wizards' tactics

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INDEPENDENCE: The Washington Wizards are not a group of thugs. They just played that way in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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1 - 16 of 16 Comments Last updated Apr 24, 2008
Long-Time Fan

Wayne, PA

#1 Apr 24, 2008
Wally's drive took everyone by surprise, both teams and fans, and he looked a little quicker than expected. I would like to see West and Gibson get to the basket. Has not been much of that other than LeBron.

Blatche hit James in the face with no call, James retaliated with an elbow to the jaw and Verajao slammed Blatche one extra in Game 2 to make sure. It's not that complicated.

I expect Haywood to get popped tonight by Wallace, Varejao or Z. Haywood's "I didn't do anything" pose to the referees after he shoved LeBron tells all you need to know about him.

Since: Dec 07

Akron, OH

#2 Apr 24, 2008
Great retaliation by the Cavs with Lebron and Verajao's pops.

Why didn't Wally get fouled, or anybody for that matter? Probably because the wizards' "foul james when he drives, oh crap, he drives alot" philosophy leaves them all in foul trouble by the 2nd quarter. Gilbert is always close to fouling out in like 10 minutes of playing time. Their entire team had at least 4 fouls by early 3rd quarter game 2.

Another downside of their tactic: they're a run and gun team and foul shots break the flow of the game, especially that many shots. Turns an NBA game into a 3.5 hour slugfest.
Old Man Grump April 24

Akron, OH

#3 Apr 24, 2008
Win tonight and the series is over. Boston will not be that easy in round 2. GO CAVS !!!
Eric

Seattle, WA

#4 Apr 24, 2008
Nice to read an objective article, that dares say that the Cavs and James in particular aren't totally innocent in all the stuff going on, and that agress about Brown being overly dramatic
gus johnson

Boise, ID

#5 Apr 24, 2008
whatever happens to the Cavs, the Wizards are wilted and finished; call it karma...that goes for next year, too---big mouths, little talent
RoYourBoat

United States

#6 Apr 24, 2008
It is interesting that all this got James to use "team" offensive plays rather than the usual "LeBron Creative Offense". He is a much more effective superstar when he encourages player movement, quick sharp passes and proper floor spacing bringing everyone into the game. Glad Mike and LeBron got together on this approach.
Veezy

Girard, OH

#7 Apr 24, 2008
Eric wrote:
Nice to read an objective article, that dares say that the Cavs and James in particular aren't totally innocent in all the stuff going on, and that agress about Brown being overly dramatic
Please, you keep watching your star get treated like a pinata and see how you'd react. At least our guys are making plays on the ball while being physical with their fouls, the Wiz are just tackling Lebron every time he penetrates. I'd like to see if you thought the foul wasn't as bad if it were you flying through the air like that into the stands. You complain about Lebron but D Wayde gets way more calls on way less contact. He has taken more hits this season than Jamal Lewis. He's just so big that it doesn't look like it impacts him that much. I would be more upset if Mike Brown didn't overreact to the fouls. If the coach won't protect you than who will? Stop fouling and play your game and this might have been a series. Can you recall any other Cavs player getting fouled like thatGO CAVS!!
reality12

Lakewood, OH

#8 Apr 24, 2008
It's nice to see Patrick uses rose color glasses to watch the game,he obviously never played sports when he was good enough to be the guy you take out by any means,let's look at the Blatche tremendous shot in LB face which was a blatant no call,the ref swallowed his whistle or had it stuck up where the sun don't shine,this isn't the Bible just turn the other cheek,the officials are letting this escalate way above where an NBA game should.You watch the other series going on and it is like a badmitton tourney compared to what is going on in this series.I guess they will wait till a major brawl breaks out before they start policing this series,and that's why they got a grip on this type of play in the 80's and 90's it just lead to players fighting to protect themselves,thugs on the team to taunt and put hits on stars to gain an advantage by injuring someone,totally makes NO SENSE!All the cry babies and people saying oh he wasn't trying to hurt him well what was he thinking after he put a shot on LB,when he tryed to launch him into the stands.If the officiating is going to be this compliant to not get a hold on the game,then the NBA needs to rethink the strategy of why they originally did away with this.Butler's hand check was not a big deal,but the rule says you CAN"T do that and since he did in clear view they were forced to call it,officials in the NBA are terrible about being consistent for BOTH sides on a regular basis,in MLB you can adjust to a strike zone but here every possesion seems to hinge on some refs personal feelings about being shown up or SOMETHING,consistencey would at least let BOTH teams adjust,and for this I blame the ever dumbell David Stern.To much is just let go using some pathetic excuse it's the Playoffs,call the game the same then both sided will adjust.Horrey hip checked Nash and unfortunately he was hurt,but LeBron who had a 3/4 inch chunck of skin gone above his elbow was NO BIG DEAL,well what if that was on the elbow and resulted in a fracture and he's out THEN they get control,totally sedistic thought by LIZ fans.People lose perspective on the point of the game,ya hard fouls are OK,but didn't they game plan to take LeBron out,what if this was Kobe,the media would have had Brenda suspended for 3 games.Suspension isn't necessary but why don't they go back to playing good basketball,not eliminate their best by any means.Let's also put the blame where it belongs and that is David Sternless and the whole crew of bad officiating and that does mean for both sides NOT just the Cavs.
George Karl

Boston, MA

#10 Apr 24, 2008
You guys should all save your keystrokes. No way the Cavs get by Boston. No way. Forget their offense their defense is suffocating.
reality12

Lakewood, OH

#11 Apr 24, 2008
George Karl wrote:
You guys should all save your keystrokes. No way the Cavs get by Boston. No way. Forget their offense their defense is suffocating.
Nobody in Cleveland really cares what you think,and we heard the same redderick from Detroit fans last year.
Veezy

Girard, OH

#12 Apr 24, 2008
George Karl wrote:
You guys should all save your keystrokes. No way the Cavs get by Boston. No way. Forget their offense their defense is suffocating.
We ain't the lowly Hawks so keep looking past us if you want to!!
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#14 Apr 24, 2008
TONIGHT'S GAME

Expect the Wiz to go inside to Jamison and kickout to Butler and Gilbert if there isn't a shot.

Expect the Wiz to try to keep Z off the boards and attempt to get him into early foul trouble.

Expect Gilbert to hang around the three point and do less point guard.

Expect to see Daniels play more point.

Since: Dec 07

United States

#15 Apr 24, 2008
Does anyone else get tired of hearing the national media and opposing fans say that we're have 1 superstar and a whole bunch of scrubs or role players. Washington, after their three, have NOBODY that we would want.

Talk about being a one trick show, washington, just like NJ last year, is a pathetic showing of 3 mild stars
ATB

New York, NY

#16 Apr 24, 2008
reality12 wrote:
<quoted text>Nobody in Cleveland really cares what you think,and we heard the same redderick from Detroit fans last year.
Dude, in case you want to use it again sometime, it's RHETORIC, not redderick. Just a heads up. But your point was well made. We all know that Boston/NE fans think they are superior to all the rest of us, and that their opinions are all that matters, but we'll see what actually happens on the court. The Cavs remain the defending Eastern Conference champs. That was a very nice regular season, but the Celtics have not won anything meaningful for twenty years. The road to the finals still goes through Cleveland, and we've got the best player in the game.

Go Cavs!
GoCavs

United States

#17 Apr 24, 2008
First, the Jordan Rules, now its LeBron Rules which is to foul him hard, really hard, knock him down hard. THUGS! And the mastermind to this thuggery, none other than Jordan. Hey, LeBron, its time to change your number 23 to something else. How can you honor that number? At least not in Cleveland. It was the most hated number in Cleveland before you don it.
Josh

AOL

#19 Apr 24, 2008
The playoffs are a totally different animal... and whoever said it was right. The Cavs are nowhere NEAR the Atlanta Hawks lowly level. See you in Boston boys. Better hope the Cavs dont steal one of the first two huh? That might mean trouble...

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