Seems like yesterday that I was previewing LeBron Jame's return to Cleveland in the first game of the 2014-2015 Cleveland Cavaliers' season vs. the New York Knicks. Since then, we've had a long, winding road filled with trials, tribulations, win streaks, and body language analysis. It's resulted in a 50-win season, and a fantastic shot at the NBA Finals, even if the first half of the season generated three (Three? Three.) emergency roundtables from the staff. Tonight this zany but entertaining regular season comes to a close, against the Washington Wizards. Personally, I can't think of a better way to go out than by beating the Wizards by 400 points on our last stop before we head to the judgment valley of the playoffs.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, Ohio
Television: Fox Sports Ohio
Emeny Blog: Bullets Forever
Music: Puscifer - "Green Valley"
So who's playing tonight? ........About that. Great question on both sides, because neither team has anything to play for. Kyrie Irving already is questionable for the Cavs after leaving Monday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons with hip soreness. I can't imagine he'll play tonight, and wouldn't be surprised to see LeBron James and Kevin Love sit tomorrow, either, although there's no word yet on what the resting patterns will be. The Wizards played last night,sat Nene and opted to go with Drew Gooden in the starting lineup against the Indiana Pacers. With them on a road back-to-back to end the season, expect low amounts of Paul Pierce and Bradley Beal tonight as well.
Is there anything to watch this game for, then? Here's a quick five:
1. The Cavs' bench was hilarious to watch when tasked with facing the Boston Celtics' starters on Sunday, and should be so again tonight
2. Otto Porter getting extended minutes should be interesting
3. Potential rematch of the James Jones/Rasual Butler 3-point contest that decided whether Earth got one moon or two when it was created (Jones won, which is why we can't be cool like Mars)
5. The 56 percent chance Kendrick Perkins tries to scrap with Kris Humphries
Fear the Sword's Fearless Prediction: Chaos. Whoever's playing, no matter how many minutes the starters get, this is going to be your typical last game of the season, meaning anything is possible. Delly 20-point game? On the table. Will Bynum going pro-am on the Cavs? Totally plausible. Kendrick Perkins threes? LET'S GET WEIRD. This game will likely make very little sense, matter even less, and ultimately come down to depth. I'm gonna say Cavs 97, Wizards 91. See you all in the playoffs.