Cavaliers’ losing streak against Warriors becoming historic on Finals stage

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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:

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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.