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Highest Plus/Minus: Soulja Boy (+36)
Lowest Plus/Minus: Nick Young (-2)
36 point blowout > 30 point blowout
If the blowout showed us nothing else, it's that the Wizards can still win this series. If it had been a close game throughout, maybe I'd subscribe more to the dead cat bounce theory, but since this essentially negated the Game 2 blowout, I think this series is back on.
It's going to be interesting to see how the Wizards respond on Sunday. We just saw how they came back from the emotional pits of Game 2, the question is, can they bring that same intensity coming off the emotional high of Game 3? Let's hope so, because the Wizards absolutely must win all the games at the Verizon Center if they want a shot at winning this. Speaking of which...
- The Verizon Center crowd was as good as it has ever been last night, from the peer pressure to the dancing. If only we played all our home games against the Cavs and Celtics, people would think we had the best crowd in sports. Nevertheless, the white out was awesome and Soulja Boy made it perfect.
- I'm sure the next few days will bring more "Gilbert's hurting the team!" stories, and while he wasn't that vital tonight, we're still going to need him later on in the series. The Cavs aren't going to cough up the ball that many times every game.
- I think the adjustment that the Wizards made defensively to shut Cleveland down last night was small, but amazingly effective. The first two games was to make sure that he got to the lane, tonight the onus was on keeping from getting to the lane to get fouled. Major, major difference. Like I said after Game 1, if you can keep him from slashing to the basket where he can draw fouls and dish to teammates, you're doing something right. Last night LeBron had 3 assists and 4 free throw attempts. Mission accomplished.
- Andray Blatche just plays better with a frohawk. I'm not sure if there's a way to statistically measure, but good things always happen when he has that going.
- I wasn't at the game, so can anyone confirm Brian Windhorst's story about the soldier with the prosthetic leg? If it's true, then yeah, that's pretty disturbing.
- Finally, this has to be one of the weirder backhanded complements I've ever seen:
"Mason is one of those guys where, if you let him make a few shots, he starts believing in himself and keeps making shots," James said. "He's a very good shooter. We can't let guys come off the bench and hurt us like he did tonight, even though he's a really good player."