The Cleveland Cavaliers are crashing and burning. The crash is their season. The burning is from their L.T.D. (LeBron Transmitted Disease). The loss on Tuesday night to the Lakers, 112-57, is the culmination of what has been an abomination of a season in C-Town. We all knew the Cavs wouldn't be the same without LeBron, but the recent performance is something that would make even the Clippers feel like the 72-win Bulls. It's not so much the fact that they're losing that makes this latest run so unique, but how they're doing it. Firstly, the point total of 57 is the lowest in franchise history. That's just over 14 points a quarter. These guys are NBA players, right? The Cavs have lost 8 straight, and out of their last 22 games played, they've lost 21. Does everyone now understand why LeBron left? This is his squad folks. The same squad he led to the 2007 finals. Granted a few guys, including Anderson Varejao, are hurt and that's a huge hit considering how hard he plays and what he means to that team, but c'mon. I dare you to take a peek at the box score from last night (make sure you have a barf bag nearby). Not one starter finished in double figures! Manny Harris finished with 8 points and played 41 minutes! LOL. Wait…Who's Manny Harris? And how is he starting for a NBA team? And he, by Cleveland standards, played well! He was the 3rd leading scorer. The big dog from the Cavs last night was Alonzo Gee, the leading scorer and rebounder with 12 and 8. The starting five combined for 23 points. Inversely, the Lakers had 7 players in double digits. I feel legitimately bad for Cav's coach Byron Scott, who took the Cleveland job under the impression LeBron may stay in town, and was left with the worst end of a deal since the Native Americans sold Manhattan for some beads and trinkets in the 1600′s. During the 4th quarter last night, Bron Bron hopped on his twitter and banged out this message: "Crazy. Karma is a b****. It's not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything." Whoaa, LeBreezy getting a little spiritual. Karma and God? Well blessed be. Obviously this was a direct shot at Cav's owner Dan Gilbert who has been media-beefing with LeBron since "The Breakup." The Heat are also in L.A. to play the Clippers, so both teams were supposed to share the same hotel in the city of Angels, but the Cavs (I'm sure under orders of Gilbert) switched to another. Were they afraid to run into LeBron and his two new BFF's in the hallway or at the continental breakfast? Were they going to get jammed up at the only waffle maker? I'm not sure, but to me that move shows weakness. LeBron broke up with Cleveland, got a new date that's smoking hot…so it only makes sense the original date wouldn't want to run into their ex. Mo Williams tweeted after the game: "I feel like I can't even show my face in Cleve." That might be better off Mo. Stay inside that Motel 6 you guys are staying at (They'll leave the light on for you). Where's all that brash toughness we heard from Dan Gilbert? All that jive-talk and promises? Turns out, the only thing Cleveland is promised is a high draft pick.
Notes: Just want to give a heads up to everyone that within the last 2 to 3 weeks I've been in contact with the capital region's affiliate for ESPN radio. They called me, I interviewed, and eventually was offered the position of alternate for both "Sound off with Sinkoff" and "The Noe Show." Whenever they are sick or on vacation, I'll be doing the majority of those shows, starting this Thursday, January 13th and Friday the 14th for Sinkoff from 3-7 pm. Check it out on 104.5 FM 'The Team', ESPN radio.