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Wizards Game 10 vs. Cavs – Rivalry Rehashed: What You Need To Know

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Updated: November 18, 2009

I’ll be reporting from the game tonight with a Live Twitter Blog (hopefully, if the wordpress plugin works), and will also be checking in on ESPN.com’s Daily Dime chat. Until then, here’s what you need to know …

(and oh yea, GO WIZARDS!)

{Quoteable}

“It will take a little while to blend together, but I think the guys are looking forward to playing a good team with the best player in the league, and it’s always a very exciting game when these two teams meet.” -Flip Saunders

{Need To Know}

  • The Cavs come to D.C. with a five game win streak; they’ve been outscored in the fourth quarter of each of those games.
  • The Wizards have won their last four against the Cavs in D.C., and eight of the last nine … nine being the number of games the Wizards have currently played on the season.
  • The Wizards have started 2-7 or worse five other times in franchise history. Three such instances came in successive years (99-00 to 01-02) and under three different coaches (Gar Heard, Leonard Hamilton and Doug Collins).
  • 2-7 is the worst nine game start ever for Flip Saunders as an NBA coach. 4-5 was the previous worst, which he has done three times.
  • The Wizards have played the toughest NBA schedule to this point of the season. Their opponents winning percentage is .636.
  • When Gilbert Arenas turned the ball over 12 times against the Heat, he joined only three other active players who have accomplished the same feat (12 or more) — Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce, and Dwyane Wade.
  • In addition to Arenas, only three other players are averaging at least 20 points and 6 assists on the year: LeBron James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams.

What Youth?

The Wizards are the 5th oldest team in the league.

  1. Spurs 29.2
  2. Mavericks 29.2
  3. Magic 28.7
  4. Celtics 28.4
  5. Wizards 28.2

Notes via ESPN and the Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.

{Web Hits}

[Michael Lee - Wizards Insider, Washington Post]

The Wizards’ core group is finally intact for the first time since the regular season began. “Ooh, it felt good,” Foye said of the mood in practice. “You could see the bounce and the pep in everybody¹s step, like, ‘Here we go. Everybody’s healthy. Let’s go now.’ “

[Mike Jones - Wizards Outlet, Washington Times]

Flip Saunders said his players went through a spirited practice today and looked nothing like a down-trodden team that had lost six straight. He’s expecting a highly motivated squad to show up tomorrow as well as the Wizards try to hit the re-set button on their season.

[Jake Whitacre - Bullets Forever]

Given how quickly the “new” Gilbert Arenas seems to have reverted back to Agent Zero, it has to make you wonder how committed Gilbert was to turning a new leaf.  My theory: this whole facade was part of a “New Coke” strategy from Gilbert.  He knew that people were fed up with his Gilbert’s persona, so he came out with a new personality that no one in the media or the locker room liked.  Once everyone started to realize how good they had it with the old product, they begged Gilbert to bring back Agent Zero, just like everyone begged Coca-Cola to bring back the original Coca-Cola after they had a taste of New Coke.

[Matt Moore - Hardwood Paroxysm]

I kind of feel like this reeks of desperation. This isn’t Batman coming out of retirement, it’s like Garth Brooks crawling out of Chris Gaines’ chest to sing “I Got Friends (In Low Places). ” At some point, if he wants to be relevant again, the guy’s got to be playing great basketball for a good team. Gimmicks only go so far. That said, first game he lights up the Hibachi we’ll of course be falling over ourselves, so maybe we should just let the dude do what he wants.

[Dan Steinberg - DC Sports Bog]

So the new thing now is that “Gilbert Arenas” is somehow failing, and that “Agent Zero,” represented as a Lil Penny-esque bobblehead in the above video from Gil’s Web site, needs to return to save the day.

“Man, you’re just gonna disrespect your boss after I made you a superstar, boy?” Agent Zero asks Gilbert in the video. “You’re just lame without Agent Zero, you understand me? Regular Gilbert is about as entertaining as a plant….Need I remind you that it was I, Agent Zero, who was hitting all those game-winning shots?”

And so on. I don’t know about all that, but at least one therapist somewhere in the D.C. area better be making a killing off this stuff. Also, it sure is tough to capture the past, isn’t it?

Other Links:

[via The Cleveland Plain Dealer]

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 36 playoff games and seven postseason series in the last four years.

The Washington Wizards have won six playoff games and no series in the same span.

The reasons for the Wizards’ futility have been two constants: Injuries, and the Cavaliers.


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