Embarrassing. That's pretty much the only word you can use to describe the effort by the Cavaliers last night. They laid down right from the start and were never in a game that was definitely winnable. Byron Scott has a tough job in front of him, deciding which veterans to play to win games, and which younger players to give time to to help them develop for the future.
One of the young player with the biggest upside is Christian Skyenga. He has been getting less and less playing time as the Cavaliers have gotten healthy. Last night Skyenga got 20 minutes of actions and responded with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. A solid effort once again for Skyenga.
A veteran getting minutes in place of Skyenga has been Anthony Parker. Parker had a horrible game yesterday, playing no defense on Nick Young, and shooting just 4-12 from the field. He has zero upside and will not be on the Cavaliers after this year. Maybe the Cavaliers are trying to showcase him, and his newly added one hand fade away bank shot, to the rest of the NBA for a possible trade. Its not likely any team will bite on that one though.
Either way, our guy Skyenga should be getting more court time. Once again last night, he passed an ex-Cavalier to move into 186th place on the All-Time Cavalier Scoring List:
You might recognize the last name Mikan.
Larry Mikan (full name George Lawrence Mikan III) is the son of the legendary George Mikan. The Lakers, in what was most likely a nod to one of their greatest players, made Mikan a 4th round draft pick in 1970. He was released by the team prior to the 1970-71 season and the expansion Cavaliers signed him. He appeared in 53 games for Clevaland, scoring 158 points (3.0 ppg) and grabbing 139 rebounds (2.6 rpg). That was his only season in the NBA.
Hopefully the Cavaliers continue their every other game giving effort trend on Wednesday, because the Lakers will be coming into the Q, and we all remember what happened last time the Cavaliers played the Lakers.
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