A lot has happened since Cleveland's last win

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A lot has happened since Cleveland's last win

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers are awful. Atrocious. Horrendous. They make the Washington Generals look good. There are college teams that look like they could beat the Cavs.

They have lost 26 games in a row. Think about how bad a team has to be to lose 26 times in a row. The WBNA has more fans than the Cavs have wins. Helen Keller knew more words than the Cavs have wins. Even the Black Eyed Peas looked better than the Cavs during their halftime performance.

On Wednesday night, they matched the 76-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers record for sports futility. Yes, now they are in the company of orange pirates who really suck at sports.
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On the plus side, if youre looking for a quick way to make 10 just bet on the Cavs to lose every night. Safest bet youll ever make.

It has been so long since the Cavs last win that fans dont even know what winning is anymore. Their last win was December 18th. No, seriously; look it up.

So whats been going on around sports and the world since the Cavs last win?

Cleveland favorite Lebron James had more 30 point gamesthan the Cavs have wins on the season.Tim Thomas has won eleven games for the Bruins.Jonas Salk developed a polio vaccine, ridding the world of this horrible, horrible disease.

Some boring truck full of boring baseball equipment headed down to Florida and weird baseball fans got all excited for the entire lame process.

The world was devastated when Amelia Earhart never returned from her flight around the world.

Marc Sanchez was embroiled in more controversies regarding seventeen year old girls than the Cavs had wins so far in February.

The Packers have won more Super Bowls in 2011 than the Cavs have won games in 2011.

Since the Cavs last win, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Steven Stamkos, Brad Marchand, Ryan Kesler, Michael Grabner and Johan Franzen are just some of the NHL players that have scored more goals than the Cavs have total wins on the season.

The Bruins and Montreal Canadiens had more fights in one game than the Cavs have wins on the season.

Zdeno Chara went nuts and refuses to wear anything but feety pajamas.

The Detroit Lions have just as many wins as the Cavaliers in 2011.

The phrase I have to take a dump was replaced with I have to take a Cavs.

The Cavaliers even lost a game to that dog from Air Bud.

Yes, dark times in Cleveland. At least they can look forward to... the Browns?

Sorry.

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Celtics-Raptors preview: Ibaka is 'capable of changing the game'

Celtics-Raptors preview: Ibaka is 'capable of changing the game'

TORONTO – The decision to stand pat at the trade deadline for the Boston Celtics was made in part because they felt that as their roster is constructed, they can hold their own with anybody.

We’re going to find out just how true that is tonight as they face a revamped Toronto Raptors team that added a couple of notable players via trade, chief among them being Serge Ibaka from Orlando.

“That was a really good trade for them,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “Bringing in a guy like Serge Ibaka; a defender, a four-man that can switch out on guards. A guy that can space the floor, shoot the 3.  So that was a good addition. I’m excited to see how that’s gonna work other than tomorrow.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was also impressed with the Ibaka trade.

“That’s an improvement; there’s no question about it,” Stevens said. “Now you can play a number of different ways. He’s a really good player; he’s very agile. He’s a very good shooter. You can play him or (Patrick) Patterson at the four (power forward) the entire game now. You can play them together as a small-ball four and five (center). It gives them a lot of options on offense and defense.”

While praise for Ibaka is nothing new, you have to remember there were reasons as to why the Magic decided to give up on him so quickly, something even more hard to understand considering the assets they gave up (Victor Olidipo and a 2016 first-round pick used to select Domantas Sabonis, among others) to acquire him.

The Magic decided that they would not be in the running to re-sign Ibaka when he hits the free agent market this summer; this coming after the Thunder traded him primarily because they did not plan on giving him the near-max contract he’ll be seeking. So rather than play out this season and lose him for nothing, the Magic decided to trade him while they still could get something (Terrence Ross) in return.

While in Orlando, Ibaka averaged a career-high 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game. For his career (all prior to this season spent in Oklahoma City), he’s averaging 11.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

But he never seemed to provide the kind of impactful, difference-making play that Orlando was seeking.

And while the Celtics speak highly of Ibaka, he hasn’t been much of a problem for the Celtics this season.

In two games against Boston, Ibaka has averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Jae Crowder believes the struggles Ibaka has endured against the Celtics, are not a clear reflection of what he’s capable of doing as a player.

“For sure it makes them better,” said Crowder in describing the Raptors with Ibaka. “He’s a guy that can stretch the floor and rebound at a high rate. We know what he brings to the table.”

And those struggles we saw of him with the Magic?

“I think it was him more so than us,” Crowder said. “I give him credit because he wasn’t playing with the energy and passion he usually brings. I’ve been able to line up against him a quite a few times.  He didn’t have that passion like he did when he was in O-K-C (Oklahoma City). Maybe he’ll have it now. I know exactly what he’s capable of doing; he’s capable of changing the game with his play.”