The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost seven straight to the Golden Warriors entering their match up in Game 3 of the NBA Finals tomorrow.
It could be worse.
The Minneapolis Lakers lost 21 straight to the Boston Celtics entering Game 4 of the 1959 Finals
Boston completed the sweep, so this isn’t exactly reassuring.
The Cavs have two major problems against the Warriors:
1. Golden State is better.
2. Golden State plays a style that gives Cleveland trouble.
Put those two together, and this is a nightmare series for the Cavaliers.
Cleveland’s seven straight losses – counting regular-season and playoff games – to the Warriors is the longest losing streak to an opponent entering a Finals game in five years and tied for the fifth-longest ever. The Miami Heat lost 10 straight to the Dallas Mavericks entering Game 1 of the 2011 Finals.
Here are the longest losing streaks to an opponent entering a Finals game:
|Team||Consecutive losses||Entering Game|
|1959 Minneapolis Lakers vs. Boston Celtics||21||4|
|1981 Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics||14||2|
|2011 Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks||10||1|
|1976 Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics||8||3|
|2016 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors||7||3|
|1986 Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics||7||3|
|2006 Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks||6||3|
|1989 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons||5||4|
|1983 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers||5||4|
|1971 Baltimore Bullets vs. Milwaukee Bucks||5||4|
|1955 Fort Wayne Pistons vs. Syracuse Nationals||5||3|
|2013 San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat||4||1|
|2008 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics||4||3|
|1999 New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs||4||3|
|1996 Seattle SuperSonics vs. Chicago Bulls||4||4|
|1987 Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers||4||3|
|1975 Washington Bullets vs. Golden State Warriors||4||5|
|1964 San Francisco Warriors vs. Boston Celtics||4||3|
|1951 New York Knicks vs. Rochester Royals||4||4|
|1947 Chicago Stags vs. Philadelphia Warriors||4||4|
A losing streak is counted only at its longest point entering a Finals game each year. For example, the 1959 Lakers lost 20 straight to the Celtics entering Game 3, 19 straight entering Game 2 and 18 straight entering Game 1.