Back when Lebron James first entered the league, one of the Cavs rivals was the Washington Wizards and Gilbert Arenas. While Gilbert Arenas is long gone from Washington, the rivalry between these two teams might be back with James returning to Washington to lead his young Cavaliers squad against a young Wizards team.
The Wizards were back in the post season for the first time in a long time last season. The Cavs missed the playoffs last year but everything has changed with the return of LeBron and expectations are extremely high. This is the first of four meetings between the two teams this season: these same two teams will hook up again in Cleveland five days after this one. Both teams will be looking to land that first blow in a series between two teams expected to be in the upper half of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. This match-up is so good maybe even the President will make his way down from the White House to see it.
In terms of the rest of the public, an average ticket price for this game has been set by the secondary ticket market for this one of $231, according to ScoreBig.com. Just to get in the building will be fifty bucks. Luckily, fans won’t have to pay a ton for parking as Verizon Center parking is available for as low as $8.
While the Cavs stats from last year can almost be considered irrelevant with the addition of LeBron James, the same cannot be said for the Wizards. They were 33-19 against the East last year and struggled against the Central Division going just 10-8, their worst of the three Eastern Conference divisions.
Obviously, the first issue for the Wizards will be stopping Lebron James. Beyond that, Kyrie Irving and John Wall make for an exciting match-up of young point guards in the NBA. Both are former number one draft picks in the NBA Draft, just like King James. Expect an entertaining contest and perhaps the rebirth of an old rivalry that seemed to find a way for the Cavs and Wizards to meet in the post-season, with the Cavs getting the better of the Wizards. Perhaps this spring they could both run into each other in the post-season, as they always seemed to do in Lebron’s first tour of duty in Cleveland.