The Cavaliers spoiled all the fun. No more Toilet Bowl. Cleveland beat the Clippers in overtime on Feb. 11, ending their 26-game losing streak and a chance to meet the Wizards -- losers of 25 consecutive road games this season -- in an epic showdown of futility.
It would have been stoppable force meets movable object. Oh well.
But we still have Washington's epic road losing streak to pay attention to. Since the Wizards have been at home for their last four games, here's a refresher: Washington stands four games shy of the record for most consecutive losses to start a season (29 games, 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks).
Quick plug: I talked to Wizards' opponents during the recent homestand to figure out how other teams win on the road. Take some time and check out that advice for the Wizards. Mike Prada also has a must-read post on how the Wizards losing is NOT just about fourth quarter lapses, as many seem to believe.
As for this game, Cleveland, as you might have heard, is having a rough go this season after the best player in the NBA left town for warmer climes. That has the Wizards looking at this contest as perhaps their best shot at a road win this season.
But that just means there's even more pressure.
"Both teams are going in with the same mindset: ‘We can’t lose to this team,’" Andray Blatche said earlier this week before the Cavs beat the Clippers. "I think it’s going to be a real tough game."
Boy, how times change. In the not-so-distant past, this was a rivalry game. But the matchup has lost some luster as both teams reside in the Eastern Conference cellar without their former stars.
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