Ouch. Somehow the Cavaliers thought they could sleepwalk thru a game with the Pistons and still win. This is the same team that came into the game riding a 25-game losing streak. This is the same team that now has a 26-game losing streak. They are not good enough to beat any team in the NBA if they are not giving full effort. Only a few players showed up for the Cavaliers last night. That is not good enough. One of the players that showed up, was Christian Skyenga!
He had his typical solid game scoring 8 points, grabbing 3 rebounds, dishing 1 assist and he blocked 2 shots. He is now up to a tie for 188th place in Cavalier history:
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Jason Kapono was part of one of the best draft class in Cavalier history. He was the 2nd pick of the 2nd round in 2003 (the rest of the Cavalier draft class was LeBron James, thus making the 2003 class one of the best in team history). Kapono scored over 2,000 points in his UCLA career, netting 2,095 which is tied for 3rd place in school history with Reggie Miller (behind only Don MacLean 2,608 and Lew Alcindor 2,325). Kapono only lasted one year with the Cavaliers. He was left unprotected in the Bobcat Expansion draft and was selected. That worked out well for Kapono as he received increased playing time and upped his scoring 5 points per game over his rookie average.
After that season he signed with the Miami Heat (in what was a much less publicized move than his draft class mate would do a few years later). That move would be a very good one for Kapono. He was a part of the 2005-06 NBA Championship team, then the following year he averaged 10.9 points per game while shooting 51.4% (6th best in NBA history) from three point range and he won the 2007 Three Point Contest at All-Star weekend. He successfully defended that title the following year, while he shot a very impressive 48.3% from three point range for the Raptors. Kapono currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is currently in 4th place in NBA history for career three point percentage at 43.9%. It would have been nice to have his three point shooting ability paired with LeBron James, but it never happened.
Leon Powe was a low risk experiment that has not worked out for the Cavaliers. He was a very solid player, but injuries have slowed him to a crawl. In two years with the Cavaliers, he has appeared in only 34 games, including only 14 games this year. He was an integral part of the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics. At this point, expecting anything of of Powe is expecting too much.
The Cavaliers hit the court again at the Q on Friday vs the Clippers. Stay tuned to see if Skyenga can get a victory for the first time in his career.