Cavaliers Lose 24th Straight
With a 111-105 loss at home to the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night the Cleveland Cavaliers lost their NBA-record 24th straight game in a single season. The record matches their own streak of 24 straight losses set over two seasons in 1981-82 and 1982-83.
The Blazers came into this game a little beaten down and it seemed like Cleveland would have a chance to avoid history. They even took a 57-55 halftime lead, but couldn’t hang on. Wesley Matthews led the Blazers with 31 points as Portland hit 12-19 from three-point range. Antawn Jamison led seven Cavaliers in double figures with 17 points.
Many predicted a poor season for the Cavaliers after the events of last summer where LeBron James walked away from the only team he ever knew, but no one expected it to be this bad. Of course, it can’t all be placed on James. A season-ending injury to starting center Anderson Varejao a month ago doesn’t help, nor do the continued injury issues of starting point guard Mo Williams.
Cleveland’s next game is Monday in Dallas where they figure to be big underdogs. After that they play eight straight games at home. Here is their schedule for the next nine games:
2/7 – @ Dallas
2/9 – v. Detroit
2/11 v. L.A. Clippers
2/13 – v. Washington
2/16 – v. L.A. Lakers
2/23 – v. Houston
2/25 – v. New York
2/27 – v. Philadelphia
3/2 – v. San Antonio
Given that schedule it’s unlikely the streak gets much longer. When will it end? Leave your picks in the comments below!