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Wizards vs. Cavaliers preview: A bitter rivalry renews in a game with no implications

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Normally, Wizards-Cavaliers is an exciting match. That may not be the case as both teams cap the regular season tonight.

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Wizards vs. Cavaliers is one of the NBA's underrated rivalries. The Wizards have a decade-long grudge against LeBron James after he dispatched the Wizards from the playoffs three consecutive years. John Wall and Kyrie Irving are locked in an eternal struggle to prove which number one overall pick is the better player. Even dearly departed players like Dion Waiters, Mo Williams and Damon Jones have added to the legacy of the Wizards-Cavaliers rivalry.

Tonight's game will not add to the legacy of this rivalry. Washington and Cleveland are both firmly locked into their playoff spots and have nothing left to play for as they convene for the final game of the 2014-15 NBA season.

Still, a Wizards-Cavaliers game is a Wizards-Cavaliers game. It takes a little extra effort, but you can still have fun pretending Ramon Sessions vs. Matthew Dellavedova is the point guard battle you wanted to see tonight. A little creativity goes a long way.

Where and when: The Washington Wizards take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 8 pm at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. You can watch the game on CSN Washington or join the #radioparty on 99.1 WNEW.

Who's out: Presumably every key player for both teams. If any of the stars do play, don't expect them to play for long.

What's at stake tonight? Absolutely nothing. The Wizards are locked in as the fifth seed. The Cavaliers are locked in as the second seed. Nothing will change based on what happens tonight. Nothing. Not. A. Thing.

Key to tonight's game: Don't get injured. That goes for you too, Cleveland. We don't want the Wizards injuring someone to be the reason the Cavaliers don't win a title. We want Kyrie Irving looking off LeBron James in key late-game possessions to be the reason the Cavaliers don't win a title.