Mar 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) reacts to loosing to the Atlanta Hawks during overtime at Philips Arena. The Hawks won in overtime 103-102. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
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The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to be getting a bit back on track after stumbling to begin the month of March. They dropped the first three games of the month, but then went on to rattle off wins over the Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets in a row to get back on track. Unfortunately, Cleveland then went on to lose their next three outings, to Toronto, Milwaukee and Atlanta, before righting the ship with a win over New Jersey.
They did appear well on their way to a two-game winning streak, but lost a very close one to Atlanta on the road, dropping the game 103-102 in overtime for their latest outing. Now they're sitting at 17-27 overall, with an 8-13 record on the road, and struggling to find some consistency. Sure, they're a team that can suddenly win three games in a row, but they're almost certainly going to lose some in a row after that.
On Friday, Cleveland is up against the 30-18 Orlando Magic, who are not the model of consistency, but are winning more than they're losing this month. That's more than can be said for the Cavaliers, at the very least. Their most recent outing was a 103-93 win over the Phoenix Suns, but prefaced that with two-straight losses, to the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Now they're entering a portion of their schedule that is supposed to be easier.
Cleveland will have something to say about that, though their seven-straight losses in a row to the Magic also has something to say about that. It'll be interesting to see if Cleveland can get back to their winning ways without an extended losing streak in the meantime. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. eastern on Friday.