As we get into the final dozen games of the NBA Season, the Cavs who started the season on a record breaking pace find themselves still within reach of pretty prestigious company.
First, let's breakdown the schedule:
- New Jersey
- San Antonio
Not easy, not in the least. We've got playoff teams in Dallas, Detroit, San Antonio, Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando and fierce rivals in Washington (who have both beat the Cavs and sans a majestic meltdown would have blemished the home record)
Well, the NBA record for Home record is 40-1, held by the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. Should the Cavs manage to get past New Jersey, Detroit, Minnesota, San Antonio, Dallas and Washington at home, the Celts come into The Q with one final chance to defend that record.
With a current record of 57-13, the best loss total they can hope for is said 13 losses. Not losing another game and finishing the season on a 21 game winning streak, the Cavs would tie for 2nd place all-time with the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers and the 1996-1997 Chicago Bulls. I need not tell you how remarkable those teams were.
In fact, no team that has lost less than 14 games has not won the NBA Championship.
Currently, your Cleveland Cavaliers carry an .814 winning percentage. With a victory at the Q on Wednesday vs New Jersey, they would reach the .817 level. That winning percentage, if maintained would preserve a 67 win season.
Only 9 teams in NBA history have won 67 games. 7 of those 9 teams won the NBA Finals. The other two were the '72-73 Celtics (who lost in the ECF) and the '06-'07 Mavs who epically got bounced by the upstart Golden State Warriors.
And finally, the improbable 21 games straight. Now on a 9 game winning streak, winning out would give us 21 straight wins (regular season). That would be one less than Houston's great run of last season and 12 short of Milwaukee's all-time record.
Just something for you to chew on. I've only ever seen another team in my life as great as this Cavs team (95-96 Bulls). The ultimate goal of this team is the NBA Championship, securing the legacies of Big Z and Lebron in Cavs history but I can't help but root for these smaller team goals as well.