- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2008

Looking for a boost after two losses to the Cavaliers, Wizards players Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Andray Blatche and Nick Young sported new looks for last night’s game.

Butler had his nickname “Tough Juice” shaved into the back of his head. Stevenson and Blatche both sported modified Mohawks. And Young brought back the 1990s with a high-top fade complete with double parts along his left temple. …

As promised, DeShawn Stevenson had Soulja Boy in the front row last night, wearing his jersey. Stevenson first announced his plans of having the young rapper at the Wizards game after LeBron James likened his responding to trash talk from Stevenson to Jay-Z commenting on something said by Soulja Boy.

A week after hearing James’ response, Stevenson said Soulja Boy would be making an appearance if the Wizards faced the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. Soulja Boy sat on the baseline next to the Wizards bench and did indeed have a white Stevenson jersey over his red T-shirt.

With 8:51 left in the fourth quarter, Soulja Boy stood up and did his trademark dance for Wizards fans, but added a wrinkle, waving his hand in front of his face — Stevenson’s 3-point celebration move — after stretching out like Superman.

— Mike Jones

BY THE NUMBERS

20,173 White playoff T-shirts placed on every seat before last night’s game for the Wizards’ “White-out” campaign. The shirts said “Wizards Playoffs ‘08. Rewriting the Rules.”

5 3-pointers in seven attempts hit by Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson.

QUOTABLE

“You guys can talk about that. I’m not going to talk about that. Shoot, as soon as the crowd chanted overrated, he jumped to the moon for a dunk.”

— Wizards coach Eddie Jordan on what he expected from LeBron James on Sunday after such a large defeat last night.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

DeShawn Stevenson, Washington

“Soulja Boy” came out on top.

After getting torched by LeBron James — the player he described as overrated — in the first two games of the series and combining for just 15 points of his own, the Wizards guard — whom James compared to Soulja Boy — had his finest game of the playoffs. Stevenson scored a team-high 19 points and went 5-for-7 from 3-point range.


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