Wizards vs. Cavaliers Game 3 Preview

The Man

Hope you like this one…

We are on a lil eastern trip right now and we know you are a sucka for these quotes. So, we will go all Sun Tzu on you. Here we go:

  • “So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.”

See? This guy could say more with less, not like most modern day writers who think that we want to read 20 pages just so we can imagine what kind of look somebody has on his face while sitting on the pot. Who needs that? This sentence is self-explaining.

  • “Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.”

Got that LeBron? Just limit your turnovers, distribute the ball and let the Wizards beat themselves.

The Wizards defense was pretty bad…or to be honest, real bad. LeBron is averaging more than 32 per game against Washington in the playoffs (career). They can’t stop him so they try to get him the “Detroit Bad Boys” way…roughing him up, fouling really hard and giving him the evil look. For no, LeBron can take it, but even if the Cavs sweep the Wizards, he will still feel the fouls in the next series. It will can and probably will wear him down…

Can you remember the great series between LeBron and Arenas two years ago? The crazy unlimited range three-pointer by Arenas to force overtime? You know what I’m talking about…

One of the best games ever in an eastern conference 1st round series. This game was exciting, because Arenas was able to trade baskets with LeBron and this made it so special. Various injuries limited Arenas playing time in the last two seasons while LeBron took his game to another level. Like it or not, Arenas isn’t the same player he was. Sure, he is an all-star when he is healthy and scoring will always be easier to him than most other players…but can he still duell LeBron? Nope. If you want to beat the Cavs in a close game, your team has to have one superstar who can. Kobe, the Celtics three (yup, count as one here), CP3 (maybe), T-Mac (no, forget about that one)…not many guys can do that, ask the Pistons.

What can you expect today?

  • One flagrant foul – probably more
  • Another 30 points from the King
  • Several ill-advised shots from Agent Zero – but don’t forget, when he is hot, he can hit those
  • Butler and Jamison will combine for at least 50
  • The Wizards will try to stop the Cavs big men from cutting like they did for so many easy points in game 2
  • Better high pick-and-roll defense from the Wizards
  • More fastbreak points from the Wizards – you are faster, use this advantage
  • Stop LeBron from going full-speed at the basket by picking him up at half court or earlier instead of waiting for him to get to the three-point line, split your defenders and wreak havoc – make him change directions and settle for jumpers as often as possible

Think about this, Cavs:

  • “Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.”

Finish the Wizards off in four and hope that Orlando loses at least one game in Toronto.

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