We can’t say they didn’t have a chance to win. Unless, of course, you consider the fact that Cleveland doesn’t have much of a shot to win anything these days.
After going down 10 points to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, Cleveland rode some pretty impressive backcourt play to take the lead – their first in more than 16 quarters – late in the fourth. But then, in typical Cavalier fashion, the Wine & Gold allowed Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers to go all Hoosier Daddy on ‘em. Big surprise, huh?
The Cavaliers had many chances to pick up their first victory in 22 tries but, again, failed to close out the game and now find themselves one game away from history. A loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night will tie an all-time NBA record of 23 consecutive losses. With the way things are going, we might as well just go ahead and mark them down for the NBA record. Hell, they may finish the season on a 55 game losing streak.
I joke about their losing streak but seriously, 55 games is a very real possibility. Unfortunately.
And it’s not a lack of heart or desire with this team. That’s what makes this losing streak a little easier to swallow. Guys like Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris and Ramon Sessions go out each and every night and give it their best effort. Sessions had one of his best games as a Cavalier on Wednesday night – going for 25 points and nine assists – but his stellar efforts produced the same result: a big, fat loss. Manny Harris, too, has gone from an undrafted collegiate star to a steady young talent in the NBA over the last month. Frequent injuries to Daniel Gibson and Mo Williams has served as a positive for this team, giving guys like Sessions and Harris an opportunity to gain some valuable on-the-court experience.
On a more personal level, the Cavaliers are causing me some serious inconvenience. I made a deal with my boss at a sports talk radio station in DC that I wouldn’t shave until the Cavaliers win a game; in return, he isn’t allowed to shave until the Washington Wizards win an away game. Part of me is hoping that neither the Cavs nor the Wizards win a game until their meeting on Feb. 12. Something will have to give, Cavs fans.
But please, for the love of everything Holy, let’s just go out and hand it to the Memphis Grizz on Friday night. I’m so tired of losing.
Drink up, friendos! You’ll need it if you plan on making it through another 33 games this season.