Cavs try to earn first-ever playoff sweep in Washington
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers try to sweep the Washington
Wizards out of the playoffs, as the team meet tonight at the Verizon Center
for Game 4 of their first-round matchup.
A victory would give Cleveland its first sweep in franchise history. If
necessary, Game 5 of this best-of-seven series is scheduled for Wednesday at
Quicken Loans Arena.
After winning Games 1 and 2 at home, the Cavaliers grabbed a commanding lead
in the series on Saturday. Superstar LeBron James finished with 30 points and
nine assists to lead the second-seeded Cavaliers to the brink of sweeping the
seventh-seeded Wizards with a 98-92 win at the Verizon Center.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the
Cavaliers, while Sasha Pavlovic and Larry Hughes both netted 11 in the
victory.Drew Gooden added 10 points and 12 boards for Cleveland.
Antawn Jamison finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who
are on the verge of being eliminated in the postseason by the Cavaliers for a
second straight year. Antonio Daniels contributed 20 points and 13 assists,
while Jarvis Hayes added 15 points for the Wizards.
The last time the Wizards were swept in the playoffs was by the Miami Heat in
the 2005 Eastern Conference semifinals. Washington has dropped four straight
games when facing elimination from the postseason.
The Cavaliers have lost two straight contests when they have the chance to
eliminate their opponent from the playoffs.
Cleveland has lost five of its last six Game 4s in the postseason, while
Washington has won four of its last five Games 4s.
Washington does not have All-Stars Gilbert Arenas (knee) and Caron Butler
(hand) for the entire playoffs after both were lost for the season due to
injury. Arenas lead the Wizards in scoring (28.4 ppg) and assists (6.0 apg)
during the regular season, while Butler averaged 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and
The Cavaliers eliminated Washington in six games in the first round of last
year’s conference playoffs. Cleveland was then ousted by Detroit in the next
The Wizards are in the postseason for a third consecutive year and are meeting
Cleveland in the playoffs for the fourth time. The only time Washington
defeated the Cavaliers in the postseason was when it took two of three games
in the first round of the 1977 NBA Playoffs.
The Cavs lead the all-time playoff series with Washington by a 12-7 count.