Patrick McManamon: West forces Arenas to strike out

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Great players win games at key moments in the NBA, especially in the playoffs. So it went Saturday in the heated and chippy first game of the first-round NBA playoffs series between the Cavaliers and Washington ...
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Moved

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#1
Apr 20, 2008
 
The Wizards are a bunch of trash-talkers and dirty players that deserve what they got. Kick some booty, LBJ.
Booger Man

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#2
Apr 20, 2008
 
Why ,when Lebron was tangled up with Haywood,did Z come running right in to back his man,but last year when Wallace drew blood from Z's head,not one Cav lifted a finger to help.In fact ,next game there were the usual hugs all around.I don't get it.Hate to say it ,but if Z was a black man,would help have arrived?
I just call em like I see em.
It's great to see Big Ben in there to intimidate a little bit too.
And I'll bet that one well-placed elbow by LBJ will cause Mr.Blatch ,or whatever that loser's name is,to think twice about the overly hard fouls.
Now it's basketball time at the "Q".
Let's cut the crap and play ball-GO CAVS!!!
david matthews

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#3
Apr 20, 2008
 
wasn't it great to see a little bit of retaliation on the part of lebron.....enough was enough, and just think what kind of a beating he could of and would have taken if he just took that abuse.....bravo lebron !!!!
david matthews

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#4
Apr 20, 2008
 
hey booger man, there is always an idiot like you to play the race card. Go away, and grow up !!!!
bob smith

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#5
Apr 20, 2008
 
Go away Booger.....
Joeshmo

Wickliffe, OH

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#6
Apr 20, 2008
 
West is such a dedicated, hard nosed talented player who has the feel for a playoff game. I think he will be our key to sucess in the future, or even this years playoffs. I think he deserves a larger contract in this upcoming off-season. We all can agree on that.
alan t

Lewis Center, OH

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#7
Apr 20, 2008
 
Yes, what says "talented player" and "defensive standout" more than shooting 30% from the field and allowing a guy to score close to a point a minute. Bring back Gund and try to lowball West for five years.
Dan C

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#8
Apr 20, 2008
 
Patrick,
One correction on your well said column. There actually were handshakes before the game (Gilbert and Lebron hugged at mid court). Of course that didn't mean a thing once the ball went up.

Also...the race comment. Huh?? If that is what you are thinking when you watch a heated moment in a basketball game then this country still has such a long way to go. If you want to look for racism then maybe you can come up with it in your head like that. But honestly, who did LeBron go and hug as soon as the buzzer sounded and the Cavs were Eastern Conference champs? Z. If he wanted to he probably could have found someone of his own race...but I think he just wanted to hug his teammate and friend.
George Goble

Columbus, OH

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#9
Apr 20, 2008
 
Go cavs
Clark Kent

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#10
Apr 20, 2008
 
Hey Joeshmo, what, are you a relative of West's??
I agree with alan t in that the only reason Agent 0 did not score in the closing minutes is that he couldnt put one foot in front of the other. When he was fresh he lit up our boy Delonte like an xmas tree. I do not care how "dedicated" you are, he got torched. Better hope the Wiz doesn't save that big mouth Gilbert for the 4th qtr !!!!
Tom

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#11
Apr 20, 2008
 
SAME OLD GILBERT.

Can't back up his trash talk. How do you airball a 2 foot layup LOL!!! I'm surprised he hasn't predicted a 50 pt. game vs. the Cavs yet?

GAYGENT ZERO
wow

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#12
Apr 20, 2008
 
"Gaygent Zero?"

are you 12 years old? i'm sure you got some trolls to laugh to that because if you don't have educated comments to post then why bother, we all know that Gilbert isn't 100%, and of course we're going to support your boy LeBron but c'mon, the wizards lost that game because they couldn't consistently make open shots near the end, no need for the trolls to get ahead of themselves,

Overall I thought it was a great game till the end, the back and forth buckets were great between both teams, as a fan of NBA basketball this was a great game to watch,

It was a good idea for LeBron to give it like he takes it on Blatche, as it shows that he's not going to be punked. Arenas needs to stop smiling and just be all-business during the game, Deshawn will play better, so will Butler and Jamison, losing the first game in this series means nothing for the wizards (it could be beneficial as a wake-up call, extra fire etc.), but winning the second game is vital so I expect a very physical second game that should be fun to watch.
pat mcmanamon

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#13
Apr 20, 2008
 
Dan,

Perhaps this happened before I got to my seat. I watched LeBron carefully when he went out just prior to tipoff and he didn't acknowledge anyone. Every other game I've covered he's gone out of his way to shake the hand of everyone on the opposing team. That's what I was referring to ...

Thanks for the comments.

pat mcmanamon
Dan C wrote:
Patrick,
One correction on your well said column. There actually were handshakes before the game (Gilbert and Lebron hugged at mid court). Of course that didn't mean a thing once the ball went up.
luigi

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#14
Apr 20, 2008
 
lebron is my mvp
Zach C

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#16
Apr 21, 2008
 
The Wizards can put up a fight but cannot beat the Cavs.

Since: Dec 07

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#17
Apr 21, 2008
 
Pat, am I missing something? What's with the multiple Canada references? And to clarify Dan C, they slapped hands and hugged during the shoot around, but you're right, at the tip, he was all business.
Chad

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#18
Apr 21, 2008
 
alan t wrote:
Yes, what says "talented player" and "defensive standout" more than shooting 30% from the field and allowing a guy to score close to a point a minute. Bring back Gund and try to lowball West for five years.
Well I don't think "defensive standout" has anything to do with shooting 30% from the field? I could be wrong, but those are opposite ends of the floor moron!!
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#19
Apr 21, 2008
 
Good to see trash talkers lose!!!
alan t

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#20
Apr 21, 2008
 
Chad wrote:
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Well I don't think "defensive standout" has anything to do with shooting 30% from the field? I could be wrong, but those are opposite ends of the floor moron!!
Uhh ... I clearly happened to mention that he gave up nearly a point a minute, so I don't know who's the moron here. Do you require braille?

Since: Dec 07

Akron, OH

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#21
Apr 22, 2008
 
You're right alan, West is having an awful series.

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