After Losing Nine Games In A Row, Can The Cleveland Cavaliers Finish The Season Strong?

By Nick Claussen
Joshua S. Kelly – USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers have now lost nine games in a row and have just nine games left to play in the 2012-2013 NBA season.

So what do fans have to look forward to for the last few games?

Well, first of all, they should be used to seeing the Cavaliers lose games by now, and they will probably see a lot more of that over the next two weeks. The Cavaliers have some talent and should have the opportunity to pick up some wins, but realistically they are probably going to keep on losing a lot more than they are winning.

Games against the Orlando Magic on April 7 and the Charlotte Bobcats on April 17 should provide good chances for wins, but you can never tell with the Cavaliers this year. Too many times they have come out flat against bad teams, and if they do that against the Magic or Bobcats, they will likely lose those games, too.

Over the last two weeks of the season, the Cavaliers will also play several games against teams getting ready for the post-season and trying to secure playoff positions. The Cavaliers will take on several playoff teams that have been in close games with earlier this season, but chances are that they will be playing harder than the Cavaliers over these last two weeks and may blow out the Wine and Gold.

It would be great to see the Cavaliers pick up a win against the Boston Celtics on Friday or against the New York Knicks on April 12, but it likely won’t happen.

Ironically, one of the best chances for the Cavaliers to steal a win may be on April 15 when the Miami Heat come to Cleveland. The Cavaliers nearly beat the Heat in the middle of the defending champion’s winning streak and should have beat them earlier in the season, too.

The Cavaliers will be fired up to try to finally beat this team, and the Heat likely will be resting some players and just looking ahead to the playoffs. It is the perfect setup for the Cavaliers to steal a win and find something positive during the dismal last few weeks of the season.

The biggest bright spot of the final two weeks likely will be the play of All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. Irving has battled injuries this season, and the team has understandably struggled while he has been out. When he has played, though, he has often been spectacular.

Just seeing Irving play for another two weeks should be enough for Cavaliers fans, as the guy always makes some amazing plays.

Cavaliers fans should also be watching veterans such as Daniel “Boobie” Gibson and Luke Walton and wondering if they will be back next season, and also seeing how the young players such as Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller and Dion Waiters (if he is healthy) continue to progress.

With just nine games left to play, there’s still plenty for fans to Cavaliers watch for — it’s just too bad that so much of it will likely involve losing.

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