Re­bound­ing Con­tin­ues to Be Sorely Lack­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports - By Ivan Carter

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.

War­riors Root­ers

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.”

South-least

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.

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