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WIZARDS CAVS RIVALRY ALREADY HEATING UP, Y'ALL!

Jason Miller

UPDATE: Here's Wall's full quote, which is even hotter than the tweets:

"Why he thinks that? They haven't seen a playoff game yet so when they make one they can start talking," said Wall, who took the Wizard to the second-round of the postseason for the first time in his four-year career and became a first-time All-Star, when asked about Waiters' comments.

The Cavs, despite having an All-Star point guard in Kyrie Irving and Waiters together for two seasons, have won an average of just 28 games per year. "If you're going to be the best backcourt, he has to start," Wall said. "This is a year he's probably starting, so let's see if they can be the best backcourt. You've got to be a starting backcourt to say you're the best backcourt."

UPDATE @ 2:30pm: WALL HITS BACK AT WAITERS!

A REAL RIVALRY, YOU GUYS! A REAL HONEST-TO-GOODNESS RIVALRY.

#blessed

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Dearest rivalry gods, thank you for this blessed gift you have given us this day.

For there is nothing this poor, once-forsaken dual-loyalty/Benedict Arnold/turncoat Cavaliers-Wizards fan wants more is for his two favorite teams to constantly jaw at each other. It was incredibly fun between 2005 and 2008. Now that these two franchises are good again, it will continue to be fun.

Paul Pierce vs. LeBron James.

Wizards fans vs. LeBron James.

Wizards-era Mike Miller's passivity vs. Heat and Cavs-era Mike Miller's deadeye shooting prowess.

Crab dribbles. Game-winning dump-off threes. Whispering sweet nothings in ears.

And backcourts.

Ever since the 2012 draft, I have been giddy with anticipation of watching John Wall and Bradley Beal square off against Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. We've gotten this matchup a few times, but due to various injuries, we haven't seen as much of it as I would have liked.

And apologies to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, and Kyle Lowry (and whoever else is completely irrelevant to this article right now), but the Cavs and Wizards have the best backcourts in the NBA. INARGUABLY. #hottakealert

That's why, at media day yesterday, Beal said this:

"I think we're definitely the best back court in the league," Beal declared at his team's Media Day at Verizon Center Monday. "Just in terms of what we're capable of doing, the confidence that we have in that. At the same time we got to prove it."

via The Washington Post

Apparently, Dion Waiters got wind of that today. And because he's always good for a quote, and this was clearly perfect fodder for one, Waiters responded to Beal's remarks:

YES. RIVALRY. NEED. WANT. GIMME.

Mark your calendars, y'all. It's on.

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