Want someone to blame for the Cavs’ late-season collapse? Try the Miami Heat.
For the second time in three seasons, the Cavs suffered a crushing loss to the Heat that seemed to linger much longer than it should’ve.
LeBron James destroyed the Cavs in his initial return to Cleveland, igniting the 26-game losing streak that demolished the season. The Cavs immediately lost three more games that they should’ve won, and it created an avalanche from which they couldn’t escape.
This time, the Cavs blew a 27-point lead to the Heat in losing a game that crushed a number of players in the locker room. They were smashed again two nights later by the Houston Rockets in the worst loss of the season and were knocked into a 10-game tailspin that finally ended with the victory Friday against the Boston Celtics.
Some games count more than others. The games against the Heat still seem to count the most.