Wizards 89, Cavs 84

There’s a lot being made this morning about LeBron James’ poor decision making and worse execution is last night’s Game 2 loss to Washington. But there’s another way of looking at it : the Wizards harrassed James, got in his head and in the above case of mugging-by-Brendan Haywood, tried attempted murder when push came to shove. Jarod Jefferies and Caron Butler, together and individually, proved highly frustating to James. And Gilbert Arenas’ presidential campaign is looking at least as strong as Pat Paulson’s.

The Nuggets have suspended Kenyon Martin for Game 3 of their Western Conference series against the Clippers. K-Mart is charged with that age-old fave, “conduct detrimental to the team” (or, conduct beneficial to the towel industry). The Rocky Mountain News’ Aaron Lopez points out that Denver is 29-9 over the last two years when Martin is out of the lineup, so perhaps there’s more strategy than discipline to George Karl’s move.