Five Eastern Conference teams to watch

What you need to know:

  • The Cavaliers' third straight run to the NBA Finals was followed by an unexpectedly tumultuous off-season thanks to Kyrie Irving's trade request, which came on the heels of general manager David Griffin's departure.
  • The Celtics won an Eastern Conference-best 53 games last season before falling to the Cavaliers in the conference finals.
  • The Wizards bring back their core of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr., all eager to challenge the Cavs and Celtics for supremacy in the East.



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