Boulder Finally off the Back of the Cavaliers

It ended! After months of tough losses, blowouts and frustrations, the Cavaliers ended one of the longest losing streaks in professional sports history last night with a 126-119 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavaliers had not won since December and finally got the boulder that had been on their backs since that time and can move forward.

During that losing streak, the Cavaliers became one of the worst teams in the NBA and have one of the worst records. The team was constantly featured on ESPN for the wrong reasons and memories of other professional sports losing streaks began to surface. They were compared to the Tampa Buccaneers teams of the seventies that included the 0-14 season and losses after that, the 1992-93 San Jose Sharks team that lost 17 straight and many others. The Cavaliers could not win a game during that time but now that they have, it is time for them to move forward.

With the losing streak, the Cavaliers have sunk to rock bottom and it’s time for them to start looking at what is left ahead. The team will not be going to the playoffs and the pressure to make the postseason will not be there. With the losing streak over, the Cavaliers players can be determined, more relaxed and maybe even play spoiler down the stretch. The All-Star Break has not reached yet and there is still plenty of basketball left to play in the season.

In addition to looking ahead at the rest of this regular season, the Cavaliers can look forward to their plans for next season as well. During the losing streak, team management learned a lot about which players fit well in head coach Byron Scott’s system and where they need to make improvements. With aging veterans Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, and Anthony Parker still on the roster, the Cavaliers may entertain trade offers for these players. Williams, Jamison and Parker don’t have much time left in their careers and the Cavaliers may look ahead to determine whether or not their futures will be with the Cavaliers. The team is rebuilding and will need to decide who to bring in to build a winning team.

Now that the boulder is off the back of the Cavaliers and the team has hit rock bottom, it’s time to look forward instead.

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~ by jeffrsabo on February 12, 2011.

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