LeBron, Cavs Get Capital Punishment

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Let’s take a trip back to 2008.  Or 2007.  Or 2006 for that matter.  And let’s remember for a minute when this Wiz-Cavs rivalry began:  Our Wine and Gold eliminated the Wiz Kids from the playoffs in three consecutive years and DeShawn Stevenson (who?) repeatedly called out the King.  And repeatedly got it thrown right back in his face (I think that’s what the whole ‘I can’t feel my face’ routine means) in the form of yet another early exit from the postseason.   Ahhh…

Wizards’ fans definitely remember those days because the boo birds were out in the Verizon Center on Wednesday night; every time TheBron touched the ball he was showered with screams of “BOOO!”  Okay, so tonight’s game didn’t play out in that same fashion:

For a second straight night, the Cavaliers were without the Shaqalier and the Wild Thing.  And their absence was certainly felt tonight.  With both Zydrunas Ilgauskas and JJ Hickson in foul trouble throughout much of the game, the Wine and Gold couldn’t keep up with the up-pace tempo that the Wizards brought to the floor tonight.  LeBron James turned in a solid performance with 34 points on 12 of 20 from the floor and added 9 assists in just over 35 minutes of work.  The rest of the team recorded a mere 57 points and shot only 40% from the field.  Big Z tallied 10 points and 9 boards but recorded as many field goals as he did personal fouls.  Jamario Moon and Darnell Jackson put up 10 points as well.  Mo Williams struggled from the floor throughout the night and finished with a 6 point and 6 assist performance.

Delonte West appeared on the floor for the second straight night and turned in a solid performance, especially late in the game.  West finished the game going 3 of 7 from the field with 9 points in the contest.

Cleveland will return to the floor on Friday night in Indiana and look to right the ship against the Pacers.

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