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I can’t tell a lie, 44 is my favorite number. We all have strange reasons for our favorite numbers, but mine is straight forward. When I was nine, I read Hank Aaron‘s autobiography, Aaron. “The Hammer’s” wore 44, and that number has stayed with ever since. As a youngster, I wore 44 or 8 (or 4 in a pinch) in every sport I played, and it always finds its way onto my lottery tickets.
On Sunday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers got blasted by, you guessed it, 44 points.
The loss is a little bit historic, as 44 should be.How historic?
The Kings have been a franchise in one form or another since 1923. In the near 100 years that this franchise has existed, this victory for Sacramento was tied for the third largest in the history of the franchise. The last time the Kings won by 44 points or more was 21-years ago when they beat the 76ers by 56 on January 2, 1993. They had beat Dallas by 58 the night before.
To top it all off, it was the largest margin of victory in the NBA this season.
I’m sure some apologists will claim that the Cavs are just a young team. This is true. I’m sure some will say that this was a case of the Cavaliers adding Luol Deng to the flow of the roster. This is also true. Some will even say that these are the types of things that happen to a team that has a new coach and a new system and a new mentality.
Sorry, I just don’t buy it.
This is the fourth year of a Cleveland Cavaliers rebuild, and they just lost by 44-points to a team that’s just not very good, which will likely launch a few to spew out how good the Sacramento Kings have been recently. They did beat a really good Portland team, and then blasted Orlando.
But 44 points?
The Cavs shot less than 40%, while Sacramento shot more than 50%. Sacramento is a team that doesn’t score a whole lot and was 28th in the league in defense. That’s not good for the Cavs, no matter how you spin it.
They lost by 44 freaking points!!!
I get how things can roll out of control in any game. But if you are any sort of team at all, you don’t lose by 44 points. I could soft sell 20 points. I could even push it to 25, if you caught me on a good night. But sorry, there isn’t a wardrobe leading to Narnia, or anywhere else for that matter, in which you can tell me that losing by 44 is just a game you put behind you.
It’s embarrassingly ridiculous. Slightly good teams, or average teams, or just below average teams shouldn’t have ‘losing by 44’ in their rule books.
Of course, these are the Cleveland Cavaliers we’re talking about, and they continue to rewrite the rule books, one day at a time.