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News » Washington Wizards Notes, Quotes 2008-05-09


Washington Wizards Notes, Quotes 2008-05-09


Washington Wizards Notes, Quotes 2008-05-09
--Not long before Game 6, Wizards forward Darius Songaila received a one-game suspension -- for Friday's contest -- for hitting LeBron James in the face in Game 5.

"Did I think it was intentional? I'm not so sure it was. But it happened," James said.

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan and Songaila, who averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in the series, said the contact was unintentional.

This, however, is not how NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson saw the contact.

"Songaila's contact was not made in the normal course of a basketball play, and he struck LeBron James in the face, and by rule receives an automatic suspension," Jackson said. "So, yes. We feel it was intentional."

--Before the Wizards' defenseless effort Friday, only Detroit had held its first-round opponent to a lower shooting percentage than the Wizards had. Only Philadelphia's 41.7 percent was lower than Cleveland's 41.8 percent through five games.

--In being eliminated at home, the Wizards kept a 20-year streak alive that no one should be proud of. The Wizards have not been eliminated from the playoffs on the road since Detroit gave the Bullets the boot in 1988. The flip side to this is that the Wizards have been eliminated, on their home court, for the third year in a row, by the same team.

In the history of the NBA playoffs, teams have fallen behind 3-1 174 times. Of that number, just eight have rallied to win the series, most recently in 2006 when Phoenix rallied to defeat the Lakers.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know. My job is to play. Management will have to make the tough decisions."-- Forward Antawn Jamison, a free agent this summer, on whether he will be back with the team.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: May 9, 2008

 

 
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