WASHINGTON — Well, that was uncalled for.
All was peaceful on the NBA front when it came to the Wizards, who haven’t played since the regular season ended for them on April 13. The Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, and they haven’t played since they completed the sweep on April 24.
So it was more than a little unexpected when the Cavaliers’ Twitter account sent out the following tweet Monday shortly after noon.
Huh. It’s not Thursday, so it’s not as if the team was searching for a Throwback Thursday post. Nor has there been a legitimate Wizards-Cavs rivalry in quite awhile, so it certainly seemed uncalled for to call out the Wizards like that.
Sure enough, click through the link shared in the tweet and you’re greeted with the following opener:
Like the Indians home opener or the annual reawakening of Cedar Point, traveling to Washington to knock the Wizards out of the First Round of the playoffs got to be a rite of spring for Cleveland.
They’re not wrong. The Cavaliers knocked the Wizards out of the playoffs three years in a row, from 2005-2007, and a (rather one-sided) rivalry developed between the teams during that time. But that doesn’t mean the Cavaliers should be throwing jabs toward the Wizards such as this one (key phrase in bold for emphasis):
Each year, the series got more and more contentious – and the 2008 East Quarterfinals confirmed that escalation, with 13 technical fouls (including three in Game 6), one suspension and plenty of bad blood, tough fouls and trash talking to go around.
Unfortunately for the Wizards, there was basketball being played as well – and the Wine and Gold once again had the best player on the floor. In the decisive Game 6, LeBron James rose above the distractions to notch his third career playoff triple-double, finishing with 27 points, 13 boards and 13 assists to lead the Cavaliers to the 105-88 win at the Verizon Center. At one point in the third quarter, James had as many helpers (11) as the Wizards had as a team.
Of course, the Cavaliers, despite their shots at the Wizards, never won a title in all those years they eliminated the Wizards. In fact, the Cavaliers have never won an NBA championship. Washington won a championship in the 1977-78 season. Sure, it was a long time ago. But at least the nation’s capital has one.