The Cavaliers lost another close one last night and once again, Anthony Parker proved that he is as Anti-Clutch as they come. He has taken it upon himself to win the game in two of the last three contests. The Cavaliers have lost both and Parker hasn't even been close on either attempt. For some reason, Byron Scott didn't have one of his best weapons on the floor at the end of the game.
He chose to play Parker and Jamario Moon over Christian Skyenga despite the following facts:
Moon has been glued to the bench all season, Parker is possibly the least athletic guy on a team starving for athleticism (and as mentioned before he is Anti-Clutch), and Skyenga was having one of his best games in his short career.
In 28 minutes of action, Skyenga scored 15 points (on 7-15 from the floor) and grabbed 4 rebounds. He was not just standing at the three point line, but he was attacking the rim and beating guys off the dribble. That is what we need to see from this guy, who is easily the best overall athlete on the team.
Over the past 8 games, Skyenga has scored 87 points (10.9 ppg), raising his career total to 141 points, which is good for 190th in Cavalier History:
Alan Henderson is currently the 7th All-Time leading scorer in Indiana High School Basketball History. He was the 16th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks out of Indiana in the 1995 Draft. Henderson led the team in rebounding all four years at Indiana. Currently, he is the only Indiana University player to rank in the school's top five in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and steals, and appeared in the Final Four in 1992. Hendo, as he was known, had a pretty solid four year run for the Hawks from 1997-98 thru 2000-01. In those four years he played 262 games (starting 194 of them), scoring 3,312 points (12.6 per game) and grabbing 1,669 rebounds (6.4 per game). He was named the NBA's Most Improved Player following the 1997-98 season. He was traded to the Mavericks in the 2004 offseason with Jason Terry for Tony Delk and Antoine Walker. That season he was traded with Calvin Booth to the Bucks for Keith Van Horn. He was released right away by the Bucks and then resigned with the Mavericks. That offseason he came to the Cavaliers as a free agent and was signed for that veteran presence. He lasted one season with the Cavaliers, scoring 2.5 ppg in 51 games, before ending his career in Philadelphia the next season.
John Garris was a 2nd round pick (27th overall) of the Cavaliers in the 1983 draft. He played two years at Boston College, after transferring from Michigan. His senior year he averaged 19.7 points per game. He played 33 career games for the Cavaliers, all in the 1983-84 season, and started one game. He was an undersized power forward at 6'-8". He was traded in the offseason to the Atlanta Hawks, but never played in another game.
Greg Howard was a 1st round draft pick (10th overall) of the Phoenix Suns in the 1970 draft. After playing in 44 very unproductive games with the Suns as a rookie, the Cavaliers traded two 3rd round picks for him. His thank you to the Cavaliers, was to appear in 48 even less productive games as the year before. After the 1971-72 season, he never appeared in another NBA game.
I truly have a very good feeling about the Pistons game on Wednesday night at the Q. The Cavaliers have been putting in great effort and I believe it will pay off with a victory in front of the home crowd.
Stay tuned as Skyenga, who is now 0-16 in his short career, searches for the coveted first W.