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About Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards

This rivalry was all but written off with the departure of LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat in 2010. However, now that King James is back in Cleveland, the Cleveland Cavaliers-Washington Wizards rivalry has once again become one of the hottest in the NBA.

The roots of the Cavaliers–Wizards rivalry can be traced back to the 2006–2008 seasons, when the two teams met in three straight first-round playoff series. With each series having its own twists and turns, the Wizards lost out to the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs consecutively between 2006 and 2008. The Wizards pushed the Cavaliers to six games in 2006 (4-2), only to be swept by them in 2007 (4-0) but forced six games in 2008 again (4-2).

Suffice to say, the Wizards did not have the answer to LeBron James and were unable to shake the LeBron blues hence failing to make the playoffs from 2008 to 2013. The Wizards have however, made the playoffs thrice since 2013 and the upcoming Cavaliers–Wizards games are expected to be as interesting as their earlier face offs.

Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards Memorable Games/Moments

Hail to the King (LeBron) James– It was April 22, 2006, and 21-year old LeBron James was playing his very first playoff game - Game 1 of the 2006 NBA first round playoff series. The venue was Gund Arena, then home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The night belonged to James. The Cavaliers won over the Wizards 97-86, but not before this young star scored a triple-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

When the Wizards (almost) had the Cavs –On February 7, 2017, at the Verizon Center, the Wizards stunned the defending champions Cavs, or at least they thought they did. The Wizards took the game to the wire and beyond before falling to the Cavs 135-140. It was LeBron James once again who took center stage with his game-tying three-pointer, which took the game into OT.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards Head-to-Head Record

The following table shows the Cavaliers’ regular season head to head record against the Wizards.

Games Played Wins Losses Win %age Points Scored Points Allowed
210 101 109 .481 21173 21209

The two teams have also played 26 post-season games, out of which the Cavaliers have won 17, while the Wizards have won 9 games.

Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards Hall of Famers

The Cavaliers may dominate the Wizards in the post-season, but Washington’s list of Hall of Fame players is a lot longer (13) than Cleveland’s (4).

Washington Wizards’ Greatest Players

Michael Jordan – MJ is the greatest basketball player of all time. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 for individual achievements and again in 2010 as part of the 1992 US Olympic Basketball team.

Dave Bing – The Point Guard/Shooting Guard played for the Washington Bullets (Wizards’ old name) from 1975 to 1977 and was a seven-time NBA All-Star.

Walt Bellamy – Playing center, Bellamy was with the Bullets from 1961 to 1965. In 1962, he was named NBA Rookie of the Year, after playing one of the three greatest rookie seasons in NBA history.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Greatest Players

Shaquille O’Neal – One of the heaviest players in the NBA, O’Neal was a fifteen-time NBA All-Star who played for the Cavaliers from 2009 to 2010. The Shaq is also a 4 time NBA Champion.

Lenny Wilkens –A nine-time NBA All-Star, Wilkens is considered to be one of the greatest basketball coaches ever. He was with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1986 till 1993.

Nate Thurmond – Nate the Great has been named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. The Center/Power Forward played for the Cavaliers from 1976 till 1977. Thurmond is also a 7 time NBA All Star.

Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Washington Wizards

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