The Cleveland Cavaliers are not yet mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but they are close. After a huge, emotionally draining loss to the Atlanta Hawks the Cavs came back home to lose to the Charlotte Bobcats in a bad offensive game, that went into overtime. That leaves the Cavs will very little wiggle room but there is still hope. If you noticed there is at least 2 miracle scenarios for the Cavs. This one is the most immediate one:
The Cavaliers must win the remaining 4 games against the Pistons, Bucks, Celtics and Nets. Not unthinkable. The only team with a better record then the Cavs is the Nets whose playoff seed should be set by the time that game happens, and should be resting their star, older players. Going 4-0 is not unthinkable. The Cavs would end the season 35-47. The next two pieces of the miracle scenario may be.
The New York Knicks must only win 1 of their last 4 games. After getting beat by the Heat they now face the Raptors, Bulls, Nets and Raptors over the next 2 weeks. They should be well rested with only back to back games to finish the season, one in Brooklyn and one at home. If the Knicks only win one game they would end the season 34-48. If they win 2 games they win the tie breakers versus the Cavaliers.
The Atlanta Hawks are now squarely in the driver’s seat, but have the most games remaining. All the Hawks have to do is win 1 game to eliminate the Cavs. The Hawks have 6 games left on their schedule: Pistons, Celtics, Nets, Heat, Bobcats and Bucks. 3 games on that schedule are easily winnable with the way the Hawks have played the last 2 games. Yet what happens if they revert back to their old form that led to a long losing streak at the end of last month? What happens if they get to high on themselves and plummet back to earth and lose all 6 games? They end with a 34-48 record.
Obviously titled a Miracle Scenario for a reason, and the odds are squarely out of the Cavs favor. They have been for most of the season as the team dug themselves a Andrew Bynum sized hole and haven’t climbed out of it. Yet this is an optimistic based Cleveland site, even with the negative connotation name attached, and Miracles have happened against the city, why not for the city?
Any hope left out there?