- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD AT VERIZON CENTER

 The war of words — and rap buddies — continues between Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson and Cavaliers forward LeBron James.

 On Thursday night Stevenson had Soulja Boy sitting courtside, wearing his jersey and doing his hand-waving celebration move while dancing in the aisles. Soulja Boy was mocking James, who compared Stevenson to the young one-hit wonder rapper after being called “overrated” by the Wizards guard.

 On Friday night, James, who compared himself to Jay-Z, played host to a party at Love night club in the District and had the staff play a freshly cut track by Jay-Z. In the song, the hip-hop king dissed Stevenson, saying among other things that the Wizards had overpaid him and that Stevenson would have to star in 20 movies to equal James’ financial status.

 Stevenson laughed and shook his head in amazement in the locker room before yesterday’s game.

 ”[Jay-Z] just kept talking about me the whole song,” Stevenson said with a chuckle. “What I said hurt. It had to have. LeBron was mad after that [108-72 loss on Thursday] and called Jay-Z and had a song written the very next day. Who does that?

 “Jay-Z’s worth about $500 million and he’s writing songs about me? What does that say about DeShawn Stevenson? Ballin’!”

 James, who repeatedly has said there is no rivalry between him and Stevenson, refused to comment on the party or Jay-Z’s new song.

MikeJones

BY THE NUMBERS

51-31 Rebounding differential between the Cavaliers and Wizards. Cleveland grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, while Washington had only six.

20-6 Second-chance point differential between the Cavaliers and Wizards.

QUOTABLE

“Do I think they can do it? No.”

— LeBron James on the Wizards’ chances of winning in Cleveland on Wednesday and extending the series

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Delonte West, Cleveland

 The Eleanor Roosevelt product knocked down three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 5.4 seconds left on the clock, to lift the Cavaliers over the Wizards. West finished with a career-high 21 points in his return to the District and notched five assists and three steals.

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