Tag:Antawn Jamison
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:30 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 5:42 pm

Antawn Jamison, the consummate pro

With his career winding down, Antawn Jamison is still a consummate pro. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore

I've called for Antawn Jamison to be traded, to be benched, to be removed from the Cavaliers by any means necessary. I have an extraordinary quick trigger with rebuilding projects. Lose your best player? Trade absolutely everyone not on a rookie contract for picks and space, bring in D-League guys to try and find a diamond in the rough (like, you know, the Knicks found in Jeremy Lin, because they were lacking in star power). There's no point in veterans on a team like that, no value to their contrct taking up space, their consistent if unspectacular play drowning out younger players. Jamison has no long-term future with the Cavs, is shooting 42 percent from the field, and his usage is tied for fourth higest in his career. 

But beyond all that, you still have to be in the locker room, to talk to these guys to understand why players get the time they do, why Antawn has the role he still has on the Cavaliers (outside of his 19.2 points per 36 minutes and 17.9 PER). Ohio sports blog Waiting for Next Year did a phenomenal post on Jamison and his role with the Cavaliers. A few things struck me:

  • Jamison, despite the God-awful torrent of the past two years of his life which have included the Gilbert-Arenas-gun-fiasco, failing to be the piece to help LeBron get a ring in Cleveland, the 26-consecutive-losses debacle a year ago, and the fact that he started this season horribly, still talks after the game, still goes in depth on every loss like it's something new. That doesn't mean much to fans because, well, who cares about a guy making the media's job easier? Everyone hates the media. But Jamison isn't helping the media, he's taking the responsibility for the team, he's not ducking away or hiding. That takes some brass.
  • He worked out over the summer with Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow during the lockout in North Carolina. There are so many guys in this league who do nothing to pay forward the help and mentorship they received from older players, so to hear Jamison taking that kind of role in his offseason along with working hard to develop a brotherly relationship with Tristan Thompson is really pretty incredible. 
  • Byron Scott is hard on rookies, like a lot of coaches. The fact that he can count on Jamison to do what he's supposed to is pretty vital. Scot has given Kyrie Irving a shot to lead this team, to take the reins of the franchise. The fact that Jamison is still doing enough to provide support for that and isn't causing issues, like, say, Stephen Jackson is remarkable. (It should be noted Jackson is a reknown teammate and emotional leader for guys.)
  • His story only serves to make the fact that the Cavaliers couldn't win a title that much worse. Boston was such a tough matchup for that team, and was on a such an unlikely and desperate roll. That Cavs team is considered such a failure, but it really was good for most of the year, even if Jamison was still learning to fit in.  
It's worth realizing in this story that there are reasons players aren't traded that have little to do with on-court performance. Jamison's minutes are going to go somewhere, why not to a veteran who creates a positive locker room enviornment? Why not to a leader who does as his coach asks? There will be time for Tristan Thompson, there will be time for others, and Jamison will take that demotion in stride like he did last year when J.J. Hickson (!) replaced him in the starting lineup. 

But maybe it's OK that teams don't run for the hills of youthful failure at warp speed. Maybe there's still room in this superstar, ego-driven league for players like Jamison, good guys who just do their job.  

Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:43 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:39 pm

What teams risk in a lockout: Central Division

A look at what is at stake for the NBA's Central Division if a whole season was lost due to the lockout. Posted by Ben Golliver.


Talk of losing an entire NBA season is a bit ridiculous. But it's a possibility. And with all this hardline talk going on, it seems like neither the players nor the owners are wanting to budge. There's incentive for teams to get a deal done and not just for the money, but because a year without basketball and more importantly, basketball operations, could greatly affect each and every NBA franchise.

Earlier this week, we took a look at the Southeast Division and the Atlantic Division. Let's continue this series with the Central Division.  


The Bulls won the Central by a preposterous margin in 2010-2011, stacking up a league-high 62 wins and burying their division mates by a ridiculous 25 games, by far the biggest margin of any division winner. Nothing has happened yet this offseason which suggests next year's results will be any different. Even if the Milwaukee Bucks return to full health or the Indiana Pacers make a key free agent addition or the Detroit Pistons finally emerge from their slog or the Cleveland Cavaliers successfully start the Kyrie Irving era, the only thing stopping the Bulls from running away from the competition again is an injury to Derrick Rose. The Bulls are, by far, the most talented and deepest team in the division. They have the reigning MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. They're poised to be championship title contenders for the next five years.

With so much going for them, the Bulls clearly have the most to lose in a lockout. If a season is lost, that's a title chase that evaporates. Perhaps most important, the Bulls would lose that visceral desire for redemption that comes with the ugly end to their season. It was a disappointing, frustrating loss to their new archrivals, the Miami Heat, in the Eastern Conference Finals. The pain of that loss subsides with time. It's ability to serve as unifying inspiration will fade too. The Bulls want revenge and they want rings. The pieces are in place. Besides aging teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, who face the possibility of their championship window closing, the Bulls don't want to sit around and wait. They created some amazing chemistry last season, built strong trust bonds. Losing a season risks all of that.


The upstart Pacers are up to something: they finally committed to Frank Vogel as their coach, they brought on former Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard to serve as Director of Player Personnel, they made a solid draft day trade to acquire point guard George Hill and they sit on a mound of cap space ready to make a splash in free agency. The Pacers risk two things if a season is lost. First, a critical development year to see how their young pieces are able to gel together. Second, A feeling of certainty in terms of team expectations.

Indiana has assembled some nice, young talent: Roy Hibbert, Darren Collison, Paul George, Tyler Hansbrough and Hill are all 25 or younger. Depending on how they use their cap space and whether they decide to move Danny Granger, that has all the makings of a promising core that could reliably make playoff runs for the foreseeable future. But the group needs time to spend together, reps to get things right and an evaluation period to see whether all four belong long-term. They look great on paper but more data -- playing together -- is needed. A lost season risks that and potentially stalls the development of those younger guys.

The real risk is free agency. Indiana has just $36 million committed in salary next season, meaning they have one of the smallest payrolls in the league. They also have an expiring contract in James Posey to move and potentially could move Granter if they were looking to make a major splash. Their combination of flexibility and talent on-hand is near the tops in the league when it comes to rebuilding teams. A delayed season pushes that promise back and while teams with space are definitely sitting in a better position than teams without space, it's unclear what additional rules might be in place that inhibit free agent movement. If you're the Pacers you'd prefer to be able to chase a guy like David West now without any messy collective bargaining negotiations getting in the way. Put simply, the Pacers are a team on the rise, but a lot has to go right for young teams to reach their potential. Even minor things can throw a team off course. The less variables, the better. Unfortunately, the CBA is a major, major variable.


lockoutThis team is just confusing. The Stephen Jackson trade made a bit of sense, given that the Bucks needed a serviceable alternative to Brandon Jennings at point guard and got one in Beno Udrih, but this group isn't going anywhere meaningful, not even if Jennings and center Andrew Bogut are fully healthy. 

About the only thing lost in a lockout for the Bucks is another year for Jennings to bloom. His sophomore years was sidetracked by injuries and poor outside shooting, and he questioned his teammates' desire to win at the end of the regular season. Other than Jennings, Larry Sanders and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute could use more developmental minutes but the rest of the roster is essentially veterans who have reached their potential. 

From a cynical standpoint, Bucks ownership could be cheering a lost season because it would mean cash savings on ugly deals for Jackson and big man Drew Gooden. Is it worth saving the combined $15 million that will go to Jackson and Gooden in 2011-2012 to lose a year of floor leadership training for Jennings? 


The Pistons are another confounding mess, but at least it feels like they've turned a corner thanks to the sale of the team, the departure of reviled coach John Kuester and the drafting of point guard Brandon Knight and wing Kyle Singler. Last year was one, long, ugly grind. 2011-2012 figures to be a step in the right direction.

Knight slipped out of the top five of the 2011 NBA Draft because of questions about his position. Is he a pure point guard? Can he run an NBA offense? Will he be able to execute something besides the pick-and-roll game? His future is incredibly bright but as a one-and-done player he absolutely needs as much playing time as possible to get a feel for the NBA style and to get comfortable with the ball in his hands and a team of professionals that look to him first. There's no other way to learn the point guard position than by on-the-job training, and recent success stories like Rose and Russell Westbrook only reinforce that idea. A year away from the game at this stage would be a critical loss for Knight and the Pistons, and that's a major risk.

The same is true, to a lesser degree, for big man Greg Monroe, who came on strong in the second half of his rookie season and appears to be a potential core piece going forward. 2011-2012 is all about letting Knight and Monroe build up a chemistry together 

A lost season would certainly be welcomed by ownership here too because Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva all failed to live up to their big-dollar contract figures last season. Hamilton and Villanueva, in particular, seem like lost causes. Weighing the savings from these deals versus the lost development of Knight, the Pistons should probably be pretty close to indifferent when it comes to losing a season. They need work, they know they need work and the rebuild can only come as these big contracts get closer to their conclusion and become more tradeable. Still, it would seem to be better to continue that journey with Knight getting more familiar and comfortable day-by-day, month-by-month than it would having him workout solo in a gym somewhere. If you've committed to a rebuild, start it immediately.

Last but not least, we have the Cavaliers, the NBA's second-worst team from last season, who endured an embarrasing 26 game losing streak to set an NBA record for consecutive futility. There's significant light at the end of the tunnel for the Cavaliers, as they have an owner committed to spending money to win, the 2011 NBA Draft's No. 1 overall pick, Kyrie Irving, and Tristan Thompson, who was taken No. 4 overall. 

Cleveland is in much the same position as the Pistons: the biggest risk from losing a season is the lost reps that Irving won't get running the show. There are always some bumps and bruises for a young point guard transitioning from college to the NBA, and the potential for struggles is even more pronounced in Irving's case because he missed much of last season, his freshman year at Duke University, with a foot injury. Time away from the game is not good. The shorter, the better. Irving was clearly the most NBA-ready point guard in this year's draft crop and the Cavaliers would be smart to turn the keys over to him from Day 1, even with veterans Baron Davis, Daniel Gibson and Ramon Sessions on the roster as well. 

That raises a secondary risk of the lockout season for the Cavaliers: losing positional clarity. Cleveland clearly needs to move one, if not two, of their point guards to clear the deck for Irving and surround him with some solid complementary pieces. A lost season just delays that process. Saving the money from Davis' contract is tempting, but it's a non-factor for owner Dan Gilbert who would just as soon pay that tax to watch his young team start the rebuild. Along those same lines, an entire season lost could mean the Cavaliers aren't able to move Antawn Jamison's $15 million expiring contract, a nice trade asset that could potentially bring a rotation player in return.

Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 2:18 pm

Cavs F Antawn Jamison (finger) done for the year

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison has fractured his finger and will miss 5-7 weeks. Posted by Ben Golliver. antawn-jamison

A few weeks back , we noted that Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison had suffered a finger fracture that would keep him out 5-7 weeks and that the timing of the injury coupled with the anticipated recovery timeline meant that it is possibly season-ending. 

On Thursday, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer confirmed that was the case: Jamison is done for the year. 
Jamison admitted Thursday night he's done for the season. It's the first time he has ever broken a bone, and he has been surprised how much having a cast on his left hand limited him.
"No video games," he said with a smile. "It's been straight movie time for the past two weeks."

After the surgery, he spent a week with his family in Charlotte, N.C., but he's back to support his teammates in the final 16 games of the season.
His Cavaliers teammates need all the support they can get, as they dropped a whopper in Portland on Thursday, losing to the Blazers 111-70. After the game, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott bashed his team's focus : "Our team is just so soft mentally, it's unbelievable."

The Cavaliers currently hold the league's worst record, at 13-54. As we noted when Jamison was first injured, Cleveland is headed for a top three pick in the NBA Draft Lottery so there was no good reason for him to attempt a return this season.

The Cavaliers have also endured injuries to big man Anderson Varejao -- a blow that was season-ending -- and point guard Mo Williams this season, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers prior to last month's trade deadline.

Jamison had reportedly drawn interest prior to the trade deadline , but the Cavaliers decided not to move him. He is averaging 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 32.9 minutes per game this season. 
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:17 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 8:53 pm

Cavs F Jamison fractures finger, out 5-7 weeks

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison has fractured his finger and will miss 5-7 weeks. Posted by Ben Golliver. antawn-jamison

Just when things were starting to turn around for the league-worst Cleveland Cavaliers -- and, yes, winning three out of their last five games counts as a turnaround after you've set an all-time NBA record for consecutive losses -- the injury bug strikes again.

The Cavaliers informed the media on Monday that starting forward Antawn Jamison has fractured his left pinkie finger and will undergo surgery on Tuesday that is expected to keep him out of action for 5-7 weeks.
Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison sustained a fracture of his left little finger during last night’s game at The Q vs. Philadelphia. X-rays taken at The Q confirmed the fracture. 
He was re-examined today at the Cleveland Clinic by Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker and Cleveland Clinic Innovations Chairman and Hand Surgeon, Dr. Thomas Graham. It was determined that surgery will be required to repair his fractured finger. 
He is now scheduled to have that surgery tomorrow at the Marymount Surgery Center, which is located in the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Graham with Dr. Parker assisting. Antawn is projected to miss 5-7 weeks.
The timing of the injury coupled with the anticipated recovery time means that it is possibly season-ending. The Cavaliers will play their final game of the regular season on April 13, just more than six weeks after Tuesday's surgery date. Given that the Cavaliers are currently in last place in the Central Division at 11-48 and are headed for a top three pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, there's no good reason, aside from Jamison's professional pride, for him to attempt a return this season.

The Cavaliers have also endured injuries to big man Anderson Varejao -- a blow that was season-ending -- and point guard Mo Williams this season, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippres prior to last week's trade deadline.

Jamison had reportedly drawn interest prior to the trade deadline , but the Cavaliers decided not to move him. He is averaging 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 32.9 minutes per game this season. 
Posted on: February 16, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 5:33 pm

Jamison drawing interest, Cavs hold exception

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be active trade deadline players. Posted by Ben Golliver. antawn-jamison

In his trade deadline roundup this morning, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger noted that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be an active player, with forward Antawn Jamison drawing interest from the New Orleans Hornets.
Hornets GM Dell Demps is said to be seeking a big man who can give New Orleans a little more post presence on the offensive end, and executives are openly wondering if Demps will be so bold as to chase Cleveland's Antawn Jamison. Despite financial struggles that have resulted in the team being taken over by NBA ownership, the Hornets have cornered the market in the area of taking on future money for short-term improvements (i.e. Trevor Ariza and Jarrett Jack). Execs expect them to make another such move, but getting Jamison from Cleveland -- either via a trade or an unlikely buyout -- likely would yield a flood of complaints from many of the 29 teams that essentially own the Hornets. Jamison is owed $15.1 million next season, an obligation that would seem to be pushing whatever boundaries are inherent in the league's cooperative stewardship of the franchise.
The Cavs would have to be incentivized to part with Jamison, who isn't said to be pushing an exit strategy and whose leadership will be needed to guide the Cavs through the rest of this trying season. The Hornets have the ability to seek more modest improvements, given their multiple trade exceptions and the $4.6 million they have to spend up to the luxury-tax threshold.
Yahoo! Sports also notes New Orleans' interest in Jamison. 
New Orleans has a strong interest in Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison, but no team seems willing to trade for the two years, and $28 million left on his contract. Cleveland has shown no desire to negotiate a buyout on Jamison’s contract, and sources said Jamison isn’t going to pressure the issue.
It's more than reasonable for Cleveland to want to be rid of Jamison. He was last year's band-aid, a deadline move to push the Cavaliers over the top in the arms race for Eastern Conference supremacy. In the past year, Cleveland's roster and outlook have flipped 180 degrees, as forward LeBron James skipped town, the team has suffered through an NBA-record losing streak and now must understake a full-scale rebuild.

Getting off of Jamison's contract - $13.4 million this year, $15.1 million next year - would be ideal for Cleveland, but it's not their only potential option. As Berger notes, they have an excellent trade deadline chip in the form of the trade exception created by James' move to Miami.
The Cavs are aggressively testing the waters to see what kind of assets they can expect to accumulate by volunteering to use their $14.6 million trade exception from LeBron's departure as a parking lot for other teams' unwanted contracts. Cleveland is seeking to use that cap space to acquire draft picks and young players -- a sound strategy, especially considering that the Cavs can use all the room without putting themselves in luxury-tax jeopardy.
One possible scenario for using the trade exception would be to accept salary from a team that's currently a luxury tax payer but is close enough to the tax line to get under. Two teams in that situation are the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets. The great thing about using an exception at the deadline is that the Cavs would only have to pay the remaining money on any contract they trade for while the team trading the contract gets to enjoy having the player's full cap number come off their books. Often, teams trading a player in such a scenario are able to cover the remaining salary owed to that player in the form of a cash payment, leaving the team holding the trade exception free of financial commitment. Clearly, using exceptions at the deadline is by far the best time to use them from a financial standpoint.

Even if the Cavs are unable to hit a home run and escape Jamison's contract, they can still hit a solid double to the wall if they are able turn that trade exception into a first round pick or even multiple second round picks. Any additional asset is helpful during a rebuild. Unfortunately for Cleveland, both Portland and Houston are run by new-school GMs that value their draft picks and will likely try to drive a hard bargain. In this case, though, the potential financial benefits should be fairly powerful, and it's fair to say that the Cavs would be letting a golden opportunity pass by if they can't find a way to use their exception.
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:54 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 3:44 pm

Friday 5 with KB: Trade Deadline Waters

Posted by Matt Moore 

In today's Friday 5 with KB: A favorite story from Jerry Sloan, the future of Utah, the choppy waters of this year's trade deadline, and when exactly are the Spurs going to hit double-digit losses?

1. So, yeah, Jerry's gone. Which kind of bums everyone out. Do you have a favorite Sloan story to share?

Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: Everyone, including me, made fun of Sloan's Hall of Fame acceptance speech two years ago because he basically told his entire life story. But I was touched by how nonchalantly Sloan talked about having lasted only five days as the University of Evansville basketball coach in the late 1970s. The season after he stepped down, his replacement, coach Bobby Watson, and the entire team and support staff were killed in a plane crash. Sloan said it matter-of-factly, just like that, and without blinking got right back to his story. "I spent 2 1-2 years as assistant coach of the Bulls ...," etc. That was Jerry. I don't know why I will always remember that, but I will.

2. Speaking of the Jazz, is there any chance they are able to reassert the kind of stability they've had over the past three decades? Is the organization and environment built in such a way as to develop that kind of constancy? Or are we going to see the Jazz back in the mire of the pack, having to reinvent themselves multiple times in a decade?

KB: The biggest priority, obviously, is persuading Deron Williams to stay. If he leaves as a free agent in 2012, there's no way around it: the Jazz are in for a major rebuild. Before they're faced with that possibility, however, the first order of business is maintaining stability on the bench. By naming Tyrone Corbin to succeed Sloan without saddling him with an interim title is an important first step. GM Kevin O'Connor and Gail Miller, the widow of later owner Larry Miller, both made clear they are committed to Corbin for the long term. Those intentions obviously will have to be backed up at some point by a multi-year head coaching contract, but that will come in time. There's been one head coach in Salt Lake City for nearly a quarter century. The plan certainly isn't to go from that to massive turnover.

3. Lost in Ray Allen's epic three-pointer and Kobe's late game heroics Thursday night was this: Boston's lost their last two, and are 5-5 in their last ten. Has the time come for the Celtics to coast through the second half?

KB: I think their recent struggles are less about coasting and more about injuries. The return of Kendrick Perkins has been muted by the absence of Shaq, Jermaine O'Neal and even Semih Erden. Boston also is without Marquis Daniels, Delonte West and Nate Robinson. So it's time to begin wondering if the only thing that can hold the Celtics back -- health -- is starting to rear its ugly head.

4. Alright, Ken. When are the Spurs going to hit double digit losses?

KB: With Philly, Washington and New Jersey next up on the road, I'm going to go out on a limb and say not before the All-Star break. The Spurs haven't lost two straight since early January, so I'm going to say their 10th loss doesn't come until March 4 or 6, when they play Miami and the Lakers.

5. Instability in Utah, the Denver situation, Portland teetering on the brink, Charlotte looking at a need to dump salary, Houston desperate to make a deal. For a long time it looked like we weren't going to be seeing much in the way of trades this year. But are the storm clouds gathering for another busy deadline?

KB: The way I see it now, there will be more buyers than sellers. Several teams have contracts they'd like to dump (Philly with Andre Iguodala, Charlotte with Stephen Jackson, Cleveland with Antawn Jamison or Mo Williams, the Bucks with Corey Maggette or Drew Gooden), but who is going to take on those kind of obligations heading unto uncertain CBA territory? Also, the teams with the most cap space, Sacramento and Minnesota, are going to be less likely than in past years to take money into that space given that they don't know what the 2011-12 cap and rules will be. First-round picks also will be more expensive on the trade market because they represent cheap labor. Whereas in past years, teams would be willing to give up a first simply to get off a contract, this time they'll want something else in return -- such as a second-round pick. The teams that will be able to do something are those that have quality players on expiring contracts -- such as Indiana with Jeff Foster, Mike Dunleavy, and T.J. Ford; and Portland with Joel Przybilla and Andre Miller (whose 2011-12 salary is non-guaranteed).
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:05 am

Shootaround 2.8.11: Unconvincing

The Hornets may want Tawn, Melo drops 50, and the Cavaliers are still making dough. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Nicolas Batum says Derrick Rose is "a great offensive player, but he doesn't play defense."  Look at Nicolas Batum getting all mouthy.

In addition to possibly being traded, Aaron Brooks may face further punishment. Remember when he was slicing and dicing the Lakers two years ago. Oh, how the miniature mighty have fallen, Aaron.

The Hornets may have interest in Antawn Jamison but aren't convinced a deal can get done. 

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute wants a concussion protocol in the NBA similar to what the NFL has. There really is no reason to avoid taking every precaution with those kinds of head injuriesl 

Denver is the kink in the new trade for Melo agreement, again. Masai Ujiri isn't pushing the envelope on trading Melo. He's got a forklift and is crashing it forward. 

Scoring 50 like Melo did is nice. But doing it on 24 shots is even more impressive. 

Man, what is the deal with Garnett and hitting guys in the junk?

The Cavs think they lost because the officials didn't toss Dirk Nowitzki for a punch that didn't land. After 25 times, don't you think the problems may be a bit more convoluted than that?

Dwyane Wade says Blake Griffin is "a phenom." Dwyane Wade is correct.

The Cavaliers are still making money hand over fist while the fans suffer through the worst losing streak in history. Dan Gilbert: hero to people who are not you. 
Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 12:14 am

Cavaliers set NBA record with 24th straight loss

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, marking their 24th straight loss, setting a new NBAcavs-blazers record. Posted by Ben Golliver.

They played with fight, but the Cleveland Cavaliers lost anyway, setting a single-season NBA record by losing their 24th consecutive game on Saturday night, a 111-105 home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. On Friday night, The Cavaliers tied that record with a 112-105 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Cavaliers surpassed the Vancouver Grizzlies -- who lost 23 straight games in the 1995-1996 season -- and tied the all-time record for consecutive losses overall, set by the Cavaliers during the 1981-1982 and 1982-1983 seasons. Their last win came on Dec. 18 against the New York Knicks. Incredibly, that was the only game the team has won during a 1-34 streak dating back to Nov. 30. The Cavaliers can set the NBA's all-time record for consecutive losses (regardless of whether it stretched over multiple seasons) during a Monday night game against the Mavericks in Dallas.

On paper, the Blazers looked like a fairly appealing opponent for the Cavaliers, as they started an undersized starting lineup, have struggled to generate offense lately and are short-handed due to multiple injuries. If ever there was a team ripe for the taking, it would have seemed to be Portland, who had lost four of five games coming into Saturday night, are playing without starting center Marcus Camby, who is out due to a recent knee surgery, and had failed to score more than 100 points since Jan. 20.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, who have arguably the least-talented roster in the NBA, they came out of the gates with a slow start, getting down by as many as seven points in the first quarter. Six second-quarter Cleveland three-pointers got things going, however, and the Cavaliers held a 57-55 halftime lead. Blazers forward Dante Cunningham sustained a blow to the head during the second quarter (he would not return to the game), and Cleveland exploited his absence nicely, attacking Portland’s paint on their way to 54.8% first-half shooting.

The Blazers have been dogged by terrible outside shooting in recent weeks, but that finally came to an end on Saturday night, especially in the second half, as Portland shot a season-best 12-19 as a team from deep, with guard Wesley Matthews (5-7) and forward Nicolas Batum (5-6) leading the way.

In the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers collapsed just like they did against the Grizzlies, giving up a game-changing 9-0 run in the middle of the quarter that made life easier for the Blazers down the stretch.

Matthews led the Blazers with 31 points. Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 17 points. 

With the win, the Blazers avoided going o-fer on a three-game road trip which also included games at Denver and Indiana, improving to 27-24. The loss dropped Cleveland to 8-43 on the year. 

After a tough game against the Mavericks on Monday, the Cavaliers will have another good shot to break the streak. They host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, beginning a home-stand that will also include games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards, who are both below .500.

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