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Getting tough with the Cavaliers' 13-game win streak

Feb 12, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

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It may strike some NBA fans as odd that the team with the NBA’s best record at the All-Star break is also one of the most active teams in trade talks. Not only do the Cavaliers hold the league’s best record, but they appear to be rolling at the moment. They’re on a 13-game winning streak, haven’t lost a game since January 14th, and have been doing it with Mo Williams and Delonte West missing time.

As well as the Cavs have played over this stretch, it’s inevitable that they will come back down to earth eventually. Not only will the law of averages come into play at some point, but the Cavs have had some very favorable scheduling over their winning streak. Here’s a look at some of the factors that have contributed to the Cavs looking like juggernauts at the moment:

-Of the Cavs’ last 13 games, 10 of them have been at home. Since the Cavs have been the best home team in the league for the past two seasons, this is very significant.

-The Cavs have won three games during their streak by only a point, and their game against the Lakers came right down to the wire. Games decided by three or less tend to be as much a function of luck as skill in the NBA regular season; before the streak, the Cavs were 2-5 in games decided by three points or less.

-Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Memphis, Miami, New York, and Orlando all played the Cavaliers on the second game of a back-to-back. The Cavs have played no back-to-back games over this stretch.

After the All-Star Break, things get tougher for the Cavs. They play four of their next six games on the road, have two back-to-backs in those games, and will have to take on Orlando and Boston in their respective arenas. The Cavaliers have been extremely good over this stretch, especially with their injuries. But Danny Ferry is still looking for a move, because he knows they’re not quite as invincible as they’ve looked.

  1. Judy - Feb 13, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    You wrote They havent lost a game since February 14th.I think you meant January 14th because no Cavs fan can forget the fatefull Sundiata Gaines that sparked this crazy streak.That said,the Cavs earlier schedule was brutal.Their Back to backs were just insane and the long trips as well.Inspite of the fact that they have some tough games coming along especially the stretch of the next 6 i still believe they’re ok.Here’s why of the 28games remaining they play 14 at home and 14 on the road. Only 4 back to backs compared to 11 in the past31/2 months.They will eventually come down.They should so they can refocus. But if they stay by Shaq’s policy(win the games they’re supposed to win, try to stay perfect at home and stay above .500 on the road)they’re on the right path.That first loss will be hard though and Nocavs fan is looking forward to it. We just hope its not at the Q.

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