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Stunner: East-leading Cavs fire head coach

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Stunner: East-leading Cavs fire head coach

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the clear favorites in the Eastern Conference. Virtually every NBA analyst projects LeBron James and crew back in the NBA Finals because of their roster and uncertainty elsewhere in the East. If they do, it will be with a new head coach.

The Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday afternoon. Cleveland leads the East with a 30-11 after reaching the NBA Final last year. 

Assistant coach and former Wizards guard Tyronn Lue has agreed to become the next head coach and sign a multi-year deal, Wojnarowski reported.

This comes less than 24 hours after an impressive 115-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night, Cleveland's second straight win. The Cavaliers are 11-2 since Dec. 28.

Yet it's those two losses that may have doomed Blatt, who finishes his 1 1/2 seasons in Cleveland with a 83-40 record and an NBA Finals appearance. The Cavaliers lost 99-95 at San Antonio on Jan. 14 and were destroyed 132-98 at home by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors and Spurs are considered the main contenders for the NBA title. 

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that James was informed of the decision after the fact and not consulted prior. Blatt and James were not always on the same page last season per accounts. Cleveland's limited usage of All-Star Kevin Love is another constant talking point.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: What the Ramon Sessions signing means for Tomas Satoransky

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: What the Ramon Sessions signing means for Tomas Satoransky

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller offered their reaction to the Ramon Sessions signing and how it could affect Tomas Satoransky. Plus, how the Wizards match up with the new-look Cavs and how Kelly Oubre, Jr. broke out of his slump.

Chase also explained his epic fail with an Oubre interview and they revisited an Instagram post from months ago that foreshadowed much that has gone down this season.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.

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Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:

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Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.

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