BASKETBLOGGING: WEEKEND EDITION….There are truly few things that can make me as happy as a good basketball game. Last night we saw the Wizards beat the Cavaliers 101-89 in a less-competitive-than-expected match-up. It was my first time watching LeBron James and although I’m not disputing that he’s incredibly talented, he was awfully human last night. LeBron shot a respectable 18 points but was 6 for 23 on the night and bricked half his shots. His shot was definitely off all night, but he was also contained by the much-maligned Wizards defense, which actually stopped him from driving the lane most of the game.

On the other hand, our belatedly-appointed All-Star Gilbert Arenas had an excellent night, coming just two rebounds short of a triple-double. He was joined by a hot Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, who saved the night by answering a couple of key three-points by Cleveland late in the game. That scoring trio is definitely starting to gel, and although I’m still annoyed that it took Eddie Jordan so long to get Butler into the starting line-up, I’d rather have them taking off in the second half of the season than the first. With this win over the Cavs and previous victories against the Spurs, Pistons, Phoenix, and others, the Wizards have racked up wins against every contender except Miami.

Final note from the game: Gilbert Arenas may be the only NBA player who wears low-tops. Yep, that’s right–he runs around the court in regular Adidas low-top sneakers. Go figure.

Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.