So what if this Cleveland squad has the league’s worst record after starting off near-.500?
So what if these Cavs have dropped 24 of the last 25?
So what if Mo Williams is out for a couple of weeks?
Sometime, something will change for this team. And while the negativity keeps piling up, the losses keep coming (14 straight, but who’s counting), the injuries continually add stress to a group of five who seem lost on the court, it has to end sometime. So why not now? Why not in the Friday night showcase against the Bucks?
Alright, so it’s a bold statement to say “this streak will end right now!” But I’ve grabbed some notes for you fans to stay positive about this team at the half-way mark of this current disaster of a season.
1. The Cavs have won eight of their last nine against the Bucks. It’s always good to see a one-sided match-up, especially when it really is time to see a winner. Last time Milwaukee came to the Q, Mo Williams hit a game-winner as the buzzer sounded, with the final score of 83-81.
2. Cleveland is a place the Bucks have trouble finding a win. The last time Milwaukee was able to pull of a W at the Q was on Nov. 20, 2007 and they only won by four points. Before that, you have to go back to the 2004-05 season to find a Bucks victory in Cleveland.
3. Bambi sucks, Cleveland Rocks. OK, so it’s not a very legitimate reason, but c’mon, we have to find some high points. Have you ever been entertained in Milwaukee, besides all the beer? Ya. Me either.
4. Antawn Jamison has been on fire. Even if he is coming off an injury, it always helps to have a seasoned veteran you can trust with the ball. In the last five games, Jamison is averaging 19 PPG and is coming off a notable game against Phoenix, where he scored 23 points, 6 boards and 2 assists.
5. Losers help. I might have to use this stat a few times this season, but the Cavs have six of their eight wins against sub-.500 squads.
6. Bench battling. This is what the game is going to boil down to– the benches. Right now, the Cavs bench is better. Averaging 36.6 PPG and 14.2 RPG, compared with a 32.5/ 13.7 for the Bucks, Cleveland has a chance to pull out a win when it goes to the sixth through twelfth guys.
7. Lucky #7. On top of all the streaks being talked about, including the 14-straight losses, one is the six-straight home losses. What a better time to stop the skid than on Lucky #7?
8. Vegas, baby. When you’re stretching for reasons why your team can win, why not check the betting lines? Vegas.com has the Cavs as the favorite. ‘Nuff said.
9. Hey Hey J.J.! Hickson just came off his fourth double-double this season against the Suns. When someone like this is picking up, you gotta say “Hey Hey J.J.!” and hope he hears you… then he’ll say… well, probably nothing. Andrew Bogut usually has an edge over Hickson, but now is a good time to switch it up.
10. This thing has got to end sometime. No, seriously. It does. If it doesn’t happen against the Bucks, well, there’s always the next game.
So even if times have looked more promising and fans have been more positive, the Bucks are going to be victory number 9 for Cleveland. Why not break something so dark and dreary now?
As the tale goes: “Even a blind squirrel can find a nut every now and then.” Well, this Cavs team hasn’t had an acorn in quite awhile, so I’d say it’s about time.
About the Author
Written by Ricky Campbell
I'm a daily news reporter for a newspaper in Northwestern Connecticut, now, throwing my hat into the sports world. I have a dog named Carlos and a studio apartment where I like to eat canned beans and cheap hot dogs.