- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 28, 2007

Despite their 2-0 lead, the Cleveland Cavaliers don’t sound overconfident.

That probably has a lot to do with their experience last season in the second round, when they extended Detroit to a Game 7 before running out of gas in the series finale.

In that series, the Pistons took the first two games, and then lost the next three before buckling down to put the Cavaliers away.

Prevailing wisdom was that the Pistons, the top seed in the Eastern Conference last season, took the Cavaliers lightly.

“Nah, it’s not about that. It’s about taking one game at a time and we’re not overconfident right now because it’s a long series,” Cleveland forward LeBron James said. “We have to go and prepare ourselves the best way we can to take Game 3 and take care of Game 4 when it happens. But at the end of the day if we play well and present ourselves with the best way to win a ballgame, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to win, and that’s the only thing that we worry about.”

Butler to don uniform?

Sitting out the playoffs continues to bother Wizards forward Caron Butler, so much so that even though he has been ruled out of the first round with a broken hand Butler says he might wear his uniform while sitting on the bench.

“I want to be out there so bad, man” Butler said. “I mean, it’s killing me. I might just put my uniform on and sit on the bench so I can feel a part of the team again.”

That elicited laughter from coach Eddie Jordan.

“It looks like Gilbertology is spreading to our guys,” said Jordan, using the term that goes hand-in-hand with some of the off-the-wall comments made by Gilbert Arenas. “If that what he wants to do and it’s OK, then we’ll see. One thing I know is he won’t be playing in this round.”

Short memory

It came as a surprise — shock, even — when a reporter told Wizards guard Antonio Daniels that Washington hadn’t won a home game in a month.

“Really? That just goes to show how much differently y’all see things than we do,” said Daniels, who is averaging 10.0 points and 11.0 assists in the series. “If you were to ask anyone in here when was the last time you guys won [at Verizon Center] I don’t think anybody would say that it’s been a month. All that matters now is Game 3.”

Arenas to speak

Arenas will address the media for the first time since tearing a meniscus on April 4.

As reported in The Washington Times on Friday, Arenas also will be announced as the cover boy for the Electronic Arts NBA video game, NBA Live 2008.


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