What a difference a month makes – it was only one month ago that the Cavs found themselves in the middle of a three-game road winning streak. I attended the middle game of said streak where the Cavaliers pulled away from the Washington Wizards in the final two minutes of a game that fell on the second night of a road back-to-back.
The Cavaliers would continue their winning ways in New Jersey just three nights later. The team displayed a ton of heart and fight in gutting out road games in the final minutes after blowing large leads in the third quarter. They appeared to be well on their way to a respectable season and certainly a notch above the lowest tier of the NBA and specifically the cellar dwellers of the Eastern Conference.
The catastrophe of last Thursday evening has hastened a rapid plunge into the darkness, a week of pathetic competitive basketball output unmatched around here since 2002. In less than a week, the Cavaliers have lost to the last-place team in three separate divisions. Oh, the losses were also by an average of 21 points. This came on top of the 28-point loss to the Heat that left many Clevelanders questioning the heart of this team. This week of uncompetitive games has left many wondering if it can get any worse. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, it appears the easy part of the schedule during this holiday season has now passed.