NBA Standings 2012: Cleveland Drops To Last Place In Central

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on an abysmal seven-game losing streak, and with star rookie point guard Kyrie Irving on the shelf with a shoulder injury, the immediate future doesn't look very bright for a turnaround any time soon.

Because the Cavs have sputtered to just 1-9 over their last ten games, the role of last place in the Eastern Conference's Central Division now belongs solely to Cleveland at the moment. And with fellow Central non-contender Detroit playing inspired ball, it's going to take some serious work for the Cavs to not close out the year in last place.

Cleveland, sitting at 17-33 on the season, still has to play 16 more times before the year is out, but if the last few weeks are any indication then it might be a very, very long April for this inexperienced Cavs bunch. Other than a surprise three-game win streak that saw Cleveland steal a victory from Oklahoma City, the Cavs managed to win just one other game during the entire month of March.

With injuries and the inclusion of handfuls of D-League players now the theme for Cleveland basketball for the foreseeable future, the task of sweeping the Central basement looks like it will fall solely with the Cavaliers.

For more on the Cavs, head to Fear The Sword. For more NBA coverage, head to SB Nation's NBA hub page.

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