Cavs one step closer to rock bottom

Updated: April 30, 2003, 8:05 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
The Cavs took one step closer to rock bottom on Monday when the league announced that the Nuggets had won the tiebreaker between the two teams.

While the outcome of the ping pong drawing does nothing to the Cavs chances of winning the No. 1 overall pick in the draft (both Cleveland and Denver have a 22.5 percent chance) it does mean that the worst case scenario for the Cavs is falling all the way to the fifth pick in the draft.

How does that happen? If three teams other than the Nuggets and Cavs win the first three picks in the draft lottery, the Nuggets would pick fourth and the Cavs would pick fifth, by virtue of Monday's tiebreaker.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer