Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
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A strange event is brewing in the NBA. On February 13, 2011, the Washington Wizards travel to Cleveland to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. If the Cavs don't win a game until that date, they will have lost 27 games in a row.
After losing to the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday, the Wizards do not have another road game until the 13th, and have lost 25 games on the road. We potentially will have a team that is win-less on the road playing a team that will have lost 27 in a row, eclipsing their own record of losing 24 games in a row during the 1981-1982 season.
In losing to the Miami Heat on Monday, the Cavs recorded their 40th loss of the season. With a record of 8-40, they are the laughingstock of the league. The NBA’s worst all-time record is 9-73 held by the 1972-1973 Philadelphia 76ers. Although a long shot, these Cavaliers are not guaranteed to win again this season, as no team wants to be the team that snaps the streak.
As for the Wizards, they too are a mess. Alleged phenom John Wall, although quick, is probably the most overrated rookie that the NBA has seen in recent memory. Defense seems to be nothing short of a foreign concept to most of the team, as they simply don't put in the same effort on the defensive end of the floor.
When the Wizards traded away Gilbert Arenas, the one-time face of the franchise and acquired Rashard Lewis from the Orlando Magic, they assumed that they were getting rid of their innate cancer in Arenas, and getting someone in Lewis who was capable of regaining his All-Star form.
Instead, Arenas is thriving in a backup role with Orlando, and Lewis is barely averaging 14 points per game in Washington. Needless to say, this matchup should be a pick your poison, worst of both worlds type of matchup. Who will win? Who will watch? Who will care?
Why not put this game on ESPN or ABC as a special, proclaiming that one franchise would take a step to put an end to their season-long misery? I'd watch. I'd even pay to go and watch this game. Hopefully this game comes into fruition and we can see John Wall and company take on the whatever is left of the Cavaliers come two weeks from now. Who needs Celtics vs. Lakers anyway?
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