Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Cavs Streak Is Over, Settle For Tie With Tampa Bay!

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Finally! The misery has ended for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs ended their NBA-record 26-game losing streak with a 126-119 overtime win against the Los Angeles Clippers last night. And how fitting that the streak ended against the lowly Clippers (4-19 on the road) who are the NBA's most notorious losers in the last four decades.

The Cavs will have to settle for a tie with the 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing streak ever by a team from the 4 major North American team sports. The expansion Bucs began their NFL career by losing their first 26 games. Now they , at least, have company in the record books. Who ever said misery doesn't love company?

So now the Cavs take on the anemic Washington Wizards, who themselves are flirting with history. The Wizards travel to Cleveland sporting an 0-25 record on the road this season. The NBA record for road futility to start a season is 0-29 by the 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks. So (obviously) either one of two things will happen: The Wizards end their march toward history or the Cavs put together a 2-game winning streak. Either one would be huge for the struggling franchises.

Oh an by the way, the Buccaneers won 2 in a row after their 0-26 start, so it could be an omen for the Cavs against the Wizards.

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