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News » Brown gets ejection to inject life

Brown gets ejection to inject life

Brown gets ejection to inject life
Cavaliers INSIDER

Washington - There are times during an NBA season when a head coach feels like it's time to get thrown out. Cavaliers coach Mike Brown felt Sunday was that time.

With his team getting beat to loose balls, looking lifeless in its first afternoon game of the season and not drawing passion from a quiet crowd at the Verizon Center, Brown pulled the maneuver. With 6:33 left in the game and the Cavs down 12 points, Brown charged onto the court after LeBron James was called for a charge.

Official Bill Spooner nailed Brown with a first technical when he crossed half court, but that didn't stop the Cavs coach, who had not picked up a technical foul all season. Brown kept going all the way until he was in Spooner's face, right in front of the Wizards' bench. So Spooner appropriately tossed him.

It will cost Brown $2,000 in fines but won him a lot of support from his players. The entire bench stood for the rest of the game, and the team went on a run to tie the game in the final minute before losing.

"Mike Brown is our leader," James said. "We all respect what he did; it was a stand-up move for us."

It was the second time in Brown's career that he had been tossed from a game. The other was last February in Boston during a Cavs loss. Assistant coach John Kuester took over for Brown for the final six minutes.

"Sometimes you look for a teammate to make a play to fire you up; every now and then a coach can fire you up," James said. "We're not saying we want Mike Brown to get thrown out if we look flat. Sometimes you need a coach to do something, and it definitely fired us up."

Rekindle the fire: Even though he wasn't playing because of a back injury, Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson was extending his feud with James. He was chirping at him for much of the game, especially in the fourth quarter after James was hanging on the rim following a dunk. Before taking the final shot, which he missed, James yelled over to Stevenson he planned on taking the last look. After the game, both players didn't want to talk about it.

"Ask him," James said. "I'm not going there this year."

"I don't care," Stevenson told the Washington Post. "It's . . . whatever. I don't like him. I don't like that dude."

Going wine again: For the first time since Nov. 25 at New York, the Cavs wore their wine road jerseys Sunday, which are their official away uniform. In the seven road games in between, they wore either their alternate blue, throwback gold or even home white uniforms. Part of it was to promote the jerseys in the Christmas season for sales purposes.

They had been undefeated on the road wearing the wine jerseys this season while losing wearing every other jersey, even the home version. The Cavs are 17-0 at The Q, but lost wearing their white uniforms in New Orleans. The Hornets were promoting their new away jerseys that night.

If you still haven't had enough, the Cavs will debut their fifth different outfit of the season on Wednesday when they will wear a royal blue-and-gold getup against the Bobcats on Daniel Gibson bobblehead night.

A rare miss: Mo Williams missed a free throw in the second quarter against the Wizards, just his fourth miss in 89 attempts this season. He'd made 37 consecutive before the miss and is shooting 95.5 percent at the line this season. Mark Price has the club record at 94.8 percent in the 1992-93 season.

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