Open thread: Regular season game 18


The essentials:
Cavaliers (9-10) at Wizards (8-9)
7 p.m.
Verizon Center
CSN

Last year:
November 1: Cavaliers 97, Wizards 94
November 18: Wizards 111, Cavaliers 99
April 6: Cavaliers 99, Wizards 94
April 21: Cavaliers 97, Wizards 82
April 25: Cavaliers 109, Wizards 102
April 27: Cavaliers 98, Wizards 92
April 30: Cavaliers 97, Wizards 90

Notable Cavaliers numbers this season (pound the salt):
T23 in expected winning percentage (.316).
14th in pace factor (91.1 possessions per game).
20th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (104.4)
25th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (110.4).

Notable Cavaliers numbers last season
7th in expected winning percentage (.626).
18th in pace factor (89.5 posessions per game).
19th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (106.8).
4th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (103).

Key links (drop any others in the comments)
Cavalier Attitude.
Unsurprisingly, the Cavs match Charlotte's offer for Anderson Varejao.
Bucher: Cavs got punk'd.
Ludden: Varejao/Fegan got punk'd.
LeBron injured again.
Steinz and his Wizards facts.
Some amazing news: Kelly Dwyer is blogging again.
Yay! Sports Blog Preview.
POJO DOJO Blog Preview.
Cavalier Attitude Blog Preview.
Truth in a Bullet Fedora Blog Preview.
Competition Discussion: Cleveland.

Starting lineups:
Cavaliers
PG: Daniel Gibson
SG: Larry Hughes
SF: Shannon Brown
PF: Drew Gooden
C: Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Wizards
PG: Antonio Daniels
SG: DeShawn Stevenson
SF: Caron Butler
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: Brendan Haywood

Tonight's lines:
Cavaliers at Wizards: Wizards by 6.5.
Over/Under on Big 2 scoring: 44.9 points.

So basically, I've been a negligent blogger recently, and I apologize.  I was going to have something on Abe Pollin up, but I had to study for  something I didn't know I had to study for.  Then, I was going to have some long analysis of how our offense is worse even though we're shooting better, because we're turning the ball over more and not shooting as many free throws, but something else came up this afternoon, so that leaves you with this.  I did add a new poll and update the standings, though, so feel free to consider those.

LeBron's not playing again.  Kelly Dwyer, as usual, is right in saying we're spending too much time caring about Anderson Varejao.  We should win this game by at least 20 points.

This is an open game thread, so speculate on how much weight Varejao gained while in his contract dispute.

GO WIZARDS!

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