So the Cavs now have the longest road winning streak in club history. That's the least of their worries. More glaring losing streaks -- single-season consecutive losses (19), overall consecutive losses (24) -- are right around the bend.
I will boldly predict that the Cavs will win another game this season, just don't ask me to say when it will come. I've already swung and missed once on when this streak will end (vs. the Bucks). In all likelihood, they're going to set the record for consecutive losses in franchise history Sunday at Orlando. But it could be worse -- they could've set that one night later against LeBron and the Heat. So they've got that going for them.
Regardless of how many streaks they set in the process, the Cavs have to figure out which of these young guys are worth keeping around for the future. Byron Scott seems to have made up his mind on Alonzo Gee, who has gone from starter to repeated DNP-CD overnight. Christian Eyenga showed a little something in the second half against the Celtics and J.J. Hickson had another great line (12 points, 17 rebounds, career-high five assists and career-tying four blocks). But I have to say, it was the quietest great line I've seen in quite some time. A number of his rebounds came in the third quarter, when the horses were out of the barn and halfway to Fenway.
As for Eyenga, as someone else who has seen a lot of basketball observed tonight, he's searching around a bit on the floor, looking for where he can find his shots. It's a process he has to go through, so why not now? Halfway through his rookie season, it's far too early to tell what kind of pro he'll be. He has shown flashes, and at worst he looks like he can be a rotation guy. No one doubts his athletic ability and Scott thinks in time, he can be a great defender. For now, he's sometimes too aggressive and picks up fouls in a hurry. But there is time to work on that. These days, that's the one thing the Cavs have. Plenty of time.
Christian Eyenga 15 points
J.J. Hickson 12 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, four blocks
Ramon Sessions 14 points, seven assists
Manny Harris 14 points
Antawn Jamison 11 points
Paul Pierce 24 points
Ray Allen 18 points
Rajon Rondo 11 points, 10 assists
The Celtics held Antawn Jamison to one basket in the second quarter and outscored the Cavs 33-19 to take a 22-point lead into the half.
The Celtics made 11 3-pointers, compared to five for the Cavs. The 18 points was the difference in the game.
They said it
"Anything that has to do with setting records, that goes in one ear and out the other with me. I've been part of a lot of not-so-positive things ... thinking about it or dwelling on it doesn't help the psyche at all.'' -- Antawn Jamison
The Cavs (8-37) host Denver (26-18) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.