Rebounding Continues to Be Sorely Lacking
Rebounding was again a major problem for the Washington Wizards last night as they fell into a 0-3 hole in their first-round series against Cleveland. The Cavaliers held a 48-33 rebounding edge and a 22-14 advantage in secondchance points.
The Wizards have been outrebounded in every game against the bigger Cavaliers, who hold a height advantage at every starting position.
“We knocked our free throws down, played together, but rebounding is a thorn in our side right now,” Wizards guard Antonio Daniels said.
Daniels, who turned his left ankle in the fourth quarter, said he will get treatment today and play tomorrow night in Game 4.
“I need to be on the floor,” Daniels said.
Arenas and Antawn Jamison are major reasons why the Wizards have made it to three consecutive postseasons, but they also have enjoyed seeing their former team, the Golden State Warriors, taste playoff success for the first time since the early 1990s.
Jamison has spoken with Warriors guard Baron Davis and said he was cheering for them during their thrilling Game 1 victory over topseeded Dallas, while Arenas said he was happy for Jason Richardson, who is one of the lone leftovers from the Arenas-Jamison era.
“I’m happy for J-Rich because he’s been there through all of the struggles,” Arenas said. “It’s good to see him get to experience what this is all about. He deserves it.”
The Southeast Division isn’t looking playoff worthy. Not only do the second-place Wizards trail Cleveland 3-0, but third-place Orlando was swept by Detroit. The first-place Miami Heat trails Chicago 3-0 entering tonight’s Game 4.