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This will be the first time in four seasons they haven't met in the playoffs. Last year's matchup featured a handful of hard fouls and James' back-and-forth dispute with Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson, a silly rift that eventually involved rappers Jay-Z and Soulja Boy.
James usually greets opposing players with warm with hugs and handshakes before lining up for the opening tip. But there were no warm-and-fuzzy moments with the Wizards, who even mocked the Cavs during pregame introductions as center Andray Blatche mimicked James' dust-blowing ritual.
Notes: With rookie F J.J. Hickson expected to miss two to three weeks with a sore back, the Cavaliers will sign F Jawad Williams on Thursday. Williams appeared in nine games for the club earlier this season. He has been playing with Rio Grande of the NBA's Developmental League. Williams was in Cleveland's locker room before the game. ... Cavs coach Mike Brown doesn't expect the Wizards to be down long. "They'll definitely be back in the playoffs next year and be a force to reckon with," he said. ... Young had played only one minute in Washington's previous game because of a sprained left knee.
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