They want a split
The Cavs were beaten, pounded, ripped and torn in Game 3 at the Verizon Center. It's hard to imagine them playing any worse after their 108-72 humbling loss. The Wizards are very much alive in the series and trail, 2-1.
But the Cavs wanted a split in these two games in Washington. If they accomplish that on Sunday in Game 4, they'll be able to go home in Game 5 and close out the series. So, all is not lost.
Wizards swingman Caron Butler finally emerged in the series with a strong game. After all, he's been guarded by Wally Szczerbiak, anything but a good defender. One smart aleck said Butler has made Szczerbiak looked like Bruce Bowen in the first two games of the series.
No one played well for the Cavs, who turned the ball over 23 times and shot just 39.7 percent from the field.