If there’s one thing the Cleveland Cavaliers are good at, it’s being bad at basketball. They have the worst record in the league. They score the fewest points per 100 possessions in the league, and they give up the third-most points per 100 possessions. They’ve lost 18 straight games and Phil Jackson has no idea who any of their players are. Clearly, this is a team that excels at being terrible.
In fact, the Cavs aren’t just good at being bad — they’re legendary. The Akron Beacon Journal breaks it down.
Already this season, the Cavs have set franchise records for consecutive road losses (22 and counting), fewest points in a game (57) and worst loss (55 points). If not for a basket by Christian Eyenga just before the half of that debacle at the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month, this team would hold the record for fewest points in a half, too.
On deck is the longest single-season losing streak (19) and in the hole is the longest losing streak overall (24). Warming in the bullpen is the first winless month (minimum 10 games) in team history. [...]
[Another] piece of history they are unsuccessfully trying to avoid. The Cavs are on the verge of becoming the first team in NBA history to go from the league’s best record to its worst in one season. If they’re not careful, they could also have their worst record in history. They need to at least go 8-29 the rest of the way to avoid the 15-67 mark set twice previously.
Well, that is certainly an accomplishment. Three team records in a half-season is impressive, and a strong shot at seven is even more so. If any press is good press, then any record should be a good record, even if all the records being broken are for being bad.
Congratulations probably aren’t in order, but this is definitely shaping up to be a memorable year for Cavalier fans. Even if they’d probably rather forget about it.