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Cavs have suffered worst month in LeBron James' NBA career since he was a rookie

Cavs have suffered worst month in LeBron James' NBA career since he was a rookie

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.

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Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Here's an important thing for the Wizards to avoid when facing off against Portland on Monday night: This CJ McCollum crossover.

As seen in this video by our friends at NBC Sports Northwest, the Trail Blazers' player sent a Spurs defender flying - much to the delight of the Portland bench - with the move.

 

"It wasn't even one of my better crossovers," he said after his team's win. "Honestly, he just reacted."

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By the numbers: Bradley Beal on pace to become one of NBA history's best three-point shooters

By the numbers: Bradley Beal on pace to become one of NBA history's best three-point shooters

Bradley Beal topped Gilbert Arenas for first place in career three-pointers in Wizards/Bullets franchise history on Saturday night in the Wizards' loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Beal, only 25, has put himself in some good company over the years with his outside shooting. Here are some numbers to put it all in perspective.

By The Numbers: Bradley Beal's historic shooting numbers

2,208: Beal made his record-breaking, 869th three on his 2,208th attempt. It took Arenas 2,430 attempts to get there in a Wizards uniform. Arenas, however, reached the mark in 357 games compared to Beal's 408. Beal, now at 2,209, is second on the franchise list for career three-pointers attempted. Based on his career attempts averages, he should get there this season.

100: Beal has made at least 100 three-pointers in five straight seasons entering 2018-19. That is a franchise record. The longest such active streak is held by Jamal Crawford at 14. The longest streak in NBA history is held by Ray Allen at 17.

39.4: Beal's career three-point percentage. He is one of only five players ever to shoot at least 39 percent from beyond the arc while making two or more threes per game in their careers. The others are Kyle Korver, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield, who has only played in 164 games compared to Beal's 408.

223: Beal set the franchise record for three-pointers made in a single season back in 2016-17. He passed Arenas, who twice got to 205, in 2004-05 and 2006-07.

41: Beal also passed Arenas for the most games in franchise history with five or more three-pointers made. Arenas is in second with 40, while Trevor Ariza is in a distant third with 15. Otto Porter Jr., for comparison, has done it nine times. Beal's 41 games with five threes or more rank 18th among active players. Curry is way ahead of everyone else with 183.

37: Beal is one of just eight players ever to begin his career with six straight seasons of 37 percent or better from three. The other seven is mostly a who's who of three-point specialists like Curry, Thompson, Korver and J.J. Redick.

20: Shooting 37 percent or better from three while also scoring 20 points or more is rarer than you may think. Beal has done it twice in his career, same as LeBron James, Damian Lillard and Kawhi Leonard. Only 11 players have accomplished the feat more often. Dirk Nowitzki has done that in nine seasons, most all-time, while Kevin Durant is second with eight.

872: Speaking of Durant, this isn't a historic number, it's just an interesting coincidence. Since Beal entered the league before the 2012-13 season, he and Durant have been nearly identical as three-point shooters. Beal has made 870 threes, while Durant has knocked down 872. Beal has shot 39.4 percent, while Durant has hit 39.6 of them. Another guy who has been extremely similar to Beal is Danny Green, who now plays for the Raptors. He has hit 858 threes during that span at a 39.2 percent rate.

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