With their defeat to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers have now lost three straight games and four of their last six. They are 6-10 in the month of March and only one team in the Eastern Conference, the lowly New York Knicks, has lost more.
Things are bad for the Cavs and a stat from ESPN's Brian Windhorst shows exactly how bad. This is, in fact, just the second time in all of LeBron James' 13-year NBA career that his team has had double-digit losses in a month. The only other time was November of 2003, his first full month in the NBA.
That's a crazy stat and one that does not reflect well on a Cavs team that is just two weeks away from the playoffs. The Cavs reportedly had a team meeting after their loss to the Bulls and LeBron admitted that his team is "just in a bad spot right now."
Indeed. The Cavaliers again slipped to the second spot in the East with their loss on Thursday and now sit just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Wizards. Cleveland has eight games left before the postseason begins.
The question is whether the Cavs are actually as vulnerable as they look right now, or whether they will figure it all out in time for when the playoffs heat up. They are currently matched up with the Miami Heat in the first round, if the playoffs were to begin today. The Heat have surprised this year, but could they knock off the Cavs, even if they aren't playing their best?
Realistically, the Cavs probably have about a month to get things in order. There are two weeks left in the regular season and the first round of the playoffs can take about two weeks. That seems like plenty of time, but there's no question they are struggling right now.