March has been a tough month for the Cleveland Cavaliers for several reasons, but the team has a chance to pick up some wins and momentum before April arrives.
In February, the Cavaliers were riding high and went 7-5. That was after a very successful January, where the Cavaliers posted a record of 6-8.
Just when it looked like things were looking up and the Cavaliers were going to finish the season as an up-and-coming team, though, the wheels pretty much fell off of the bus.
First, All-Star guard Kyrie Irving got hurt, as did rookie guard Dion Waiters. With forward/center Anderson Varejao (he has only played in 25 games this season) and others added to that list, the Cavaliers suddenly did not have enough depth or enough offense.
So far in March, the Cavaliers have gone just 2-9. The team has looked good at times, such as in the 98-95 loss to the Miami Heat, but has looked over-matched otherwise.
This week, the Cavaliers will close out the month of March with games against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday and the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday. The Cavaliers need to win at least one of these games, and they should have a chance in all three contests.
The Celtics are the better team, but the Cavaliers will be playing at home and will have a chance to steal a victory. The Cavaliers seem to play well against the top teams in the league and if they come out with a lot of energy, they can put up some points against the older Cavaliers. Look for forward Tristan Thompson to have a big night against the Celtics.
The Cavaliers will also be at home against the 76ers, who have had a very disappointing season. The 76ers have some talent, but the team is a mess and the Cavaliers should have an even better chance to win this game if they can slow down the 76ers guards.
The team likely will have a tough time after traveling to New Orleans for the second night of back-to-back games, but the Hornets have also had a poor season and the Cavaliers should match up well against them.
Even though they are shorthanded, the Cavaliers could win all three of these games. Players like Shaun Livingston, Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington will need to have some big nights, but if they can do that, the Cavaliers can pick up two or even three victories and end a disappointing March on a positive note.