Cleveland Cavaliers: Rivalry Revision?

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May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (left) stands next to Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (right) during the first half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Life is all about great rivalries. They make everything more fun, more risky, more entertaining. You’ve got Hector and Achilles, Ash and Gary, Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty, Dodgers and Angels, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and himself. The list goes on and on and we love them to the point where we decide to make our own wherever possible.

For the Cleveland Cavaliers, they’ve had their own fair share of rivalries over the years. Most notably, their three most invigorating were with the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics.

How could anyone forget Gilbert Arenas’ Wiz coming at the Cavs hard in the 2006 playoffs?


Or how about LeBron James‘ assault on Chauncey Billups’ Pistons in 2007?


And then, of course, there were the Big Three Celtics, who took LeBron and Cleveland to task so many times that it resulted in James leaving the city to form his own version of a super-team and thousands of fans burning his jersey in the streets.

Those are all fine and dandy, but how about now? Are those three teams still the Mr. Smith to the Cavs’ Neo? Or are there new clubs that will take on that role?

With Kevin Love to the Cavaliers being a “done deal,” Cleveland has arguably become the favourite to win the East this coming season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any other teams that won’t give them a run for their money. So let’s take a look at a few of these possible teams, shall we?

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