Next Up Game 4 Cavaliers and Wizards

Cavs seek intensity to match Wizards
They looked extremely uncomfortable in their blowout loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 3, shrinking their series lead to 2-1. The Wizards played like their season was on the line, and their fans backed them up. The Cavs’ response to the challenge was much weaker than expected.

Cavs must ask themselves why they played so poorly
All the talk of a sweep and going to Boston can stop.  It was premature anyway.  The Cavs had won two games, but in a seven-game series the home team is supposed to win the first two games. Maybe being embarrassed will be a good thing. Get it over with and out of the system. There is, after all, another game in the same venue two days hence.

Injured Arenas hopes to play in Game 4
Gilbert Arenas said he had a bone bruise and a pinched nerve in his troublesome left knee, but he didn’t rule himself out of Sunday’s Game 4 against the Cavaliers, who still lead the best-of-seven first-round playoff series, 2-1.   “You’ve got to make sacrifices, and if I have to play three or four minutes to get everybody excited, then that’s what I have to do,” Arenas said Friday.

James: Cavs Not Aggressive Enough
LeBron James doesn’t think the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to do anything special to get a win in Washington during this series. He won’t have to invite his good friend, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, so that it will inspire his teammates the way the presence of one-hit wonder Soulja Boy seemed to fire up the Washington Wizards during the Cavaliers’ 108-72 loss on Thursday night.

Cleveland Cavaliers Have No Chance in the Playoffs: Look Again
This time around the Cavaliers, after getting to the NBA Finals last season, have a harder road. They face a Washington team with a lot of fire because there is some serious bad blood between the two teams.   If the Cavaliers are to get past Washington for the third straight year in a row, the likely opponent in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals would be the Boston Celtics.