Share “Cavaliers share pain of losing with 76ers”

Cavaliers share pain of losing with 76ers

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 4:02 am •  Published: March 27, 2014
Advertisement

CLEVELAND (AP) — Anderson Varejao winced as if he had just twisted an ankle while grabbing a rebound.

A seemingly innocent question triggered hidden pain.

Even more than three years later, the sting of losing a record 26 straight games lingers for Cleveland's hustling center, who always makes the most of every minute on the floor. With the Philadelphia 76ers on the cusp of matching the 2010-11 Cavaliers' mark for NBA futility, Varejao struggled to discuss a troubling time in his past.

So, how tough was it?

"Nobody," Varejao said, "wants to have that record."

And, nobody but the Cavs can understand what Philly's players are going through.

Unless they win in Houston on Thursday night — and that's a longshot — the Sixers will tie Cleveland's infamous league record for consecutive losses in a single season.

The 2010-11 season, which actually started with a stunning win over the Boston Celtics in the opener, was one Cleveland would like to forget.

It was the Cavs' first after superstar LeBron James packed up and left as a free agent for Miami, and in the wake of his departure, the Cavaliers collapsed — completely.

Under first-year coach Byron Scott, the Cavs went from 61 wins to 19. And beginning with a loss to Utah on Dec. 20, 2010, they began an ill-fated, 26-game stumble that didn't end until they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime on Feb. 11, 2011.

In between, there were several close calls — they lost 11 games by 10 points or less — and a few blowouts, including a 112-57 shellacking on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers, the most lopsided loss in franchise history.

Before the Cavs hosted Toronto on Tuesday night, Varejao reluctantly re-visited those inglorious days. He initially declined an interview request, but after some polite prodding, the affable Brazilian shared a few thoughts on what it's like to go nearly two months without a win.

Continue reading this story on the...