Even with Kyrie Irving back in the lineup, the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Washington Wizards, a team that had lost seven consecutive games. Now, the Cavs are riding their own five-game losing streak and dropping spots the latest weekly power rankings.
The deep, dark secret of Cleveland's season is that as much as they want Kyrie to flourish and develop the way he has, management won't be crushed to have another high pick in June. Which is the sort of thinking that is surely nursing the Cavs through their first five-game skid of the 2011-12 campaign.
While Cleveland seemed to have outside shot at sneaking into the playoffs before the All-Star break, the Cavaliers surely appear headed to the lottery once more this season.