There comes a time in any person, or in this case, teams existence where they decide enough is enough and they go out there and get the job done. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, that day isn’t here yet as they lost a heart-breaker to the Dallas Mavericks Monday night to extend their losing streak to 25 games, a new NBA record of futility.
"We’re in the record books, we all know that, something we don’t want to be a part of, but you can’t go back and turn back the hands of time," Cavs forward Antawn Jamison said. "We’ve got to worry about moving forward. The most important thing is getting a win."
The Cavaliers 99-96 loss to the Mavericks came in typical (of late) Cleveland fashion, with boneheaded errors and idiotic mistakes down the stretch. The two most glaring being how 7 footer Ryan Hollins couldn’t win a tip ball over someone 6-2 and how the Cavaliers couldn’t get anyone to shoot the potential game tying 3 in the final seconds.
"Unfortunately, we didn’t recognize the time situation. We weren’t aggressive enough," Jamison said. "It’s another way to come out on the other end of the stick."
Cleveland’s night (and season) was summed up best by a late possession in which Anthony Parker, with 10 seconds left and a chance to tie the game, had a good look at the basket from a few steps behind the top of the key and put up a shot that danced around the rim but refused to fall.
"It was right on the money, right on line when I let it go," Parker said. "I got my feet into it, my legs into it, had a good look, thought it was going down. Even when it hit the front end of the rim, I still thought it would hit the backboard and trickle in, but it didn’t happen."
The Cavaliers, who are 1-35 in their last 36, are one loss away from tying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers record of 26 straight losing games, the most in professional sports. They will attempt to avoid that fate Wednesday night as they face the Detroit Pistons.