As misleading as the final score was, and as impressive as the Cavs looked, Antawn Jamison said it best:
~I expect the Wizards to continue to try and take away LeBron drives to the right, and to entice him to take more jumpers by sagging off of him a little more.
~Look for Washington to be more assertive in their double teams, and caught in “no mans land” less often. The Wizards will pay closer attention to Donyell Marshall, and continue to allow Eric Snow, Larry Hughes, and Flip Murray to try and beat them from 18 feet out.
~A much more assertive Gilbert Arenas early and often. Arenas is a flow player, and never got it going early, then looked to pass more often than normal in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, we saw the Arenas that torched this team on multiple occasions this season, and I think we see that Arenas from the get go tonight, even if he gets off to another slow start.
~More Etan Thomas and Michael Ruffin. These are the Wizards two most physically imposing players. The Wizards were completely unable to keep LeBron from the paint, and the soft Wizards did nothing to discourage him from coming back when he got there. I expect a couple hard fouls on LeBron tonight, and more of these two guys.
~The Wizards will try and make LeBron work at the defensive end more. Unlike game one, where they didn’t make him work at all. LeBron shuffled from Jamison to Butler to Jeffries at different points in the game, spending the most time on Jamison … who repeatedly bailed King James out with rushed 23 foot jumpers.
~More Antonio Daniels. The Cavs had a hard time matching up when Arenas, Daniels, and Butler were all in the game, and Daniels got off for 6 or 7 open jumpers on Flip Murray.
This is a big basketball game tonight, and a series changer. Which ever team emerges victorious will have the upper hand in the series as it moves to the nation’s capital. Should the Cavs win, they will have a 2-0 lead, and not *need* to take one of the next two games in D.C., where the Cavs haven’t won in three years. If the Wizards win, they have stolen home court, and will have a good chance to run the series lead to 3-1 at home, where they were 25-16, and lit up the scoreboard this season.