The Cavaliers went 1-1 over the weekend that is a great weekend when you consider the season the 2010-11 Cavaliers have had. They are now two wins away from preventing this season as going down as the worst in franchise history (record-wise). The players are getting tired, especially the rookies who are not used to the grind of a full 82 game NBA season.
Among the tired is Anthony “Fumes” Parker. I call him that, because his gas tank is running on fumes right now. He had another forgettable game against the Hawks last night. In 25 minutes, he managed only 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting 1-5. He put up another horrible plus-minus for the game as well, going -17. Give the guy some rest and lets take a longer look at some of these rookies, namely Christian Skyenga and Manny Harris.
Speaking of Skyenga, he had by all accounts his worst performance of the season last night. He looked mostly uninterested on both offense and defense and until he buried a three-pointer late in the 4th, he was scoreless. For this game, he scored 3 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, had an assist, block and steal in 17 minutes. The good news for Skyenga is that after not passing anyone on Friday night, the 3 points moved him into 165th place passing a familiar name:
|166||Ben Wallace||2007-08 thru 2008-09||78||258||3.3|
Ben Wallace was part of a mega-deal that brought him to the Cavaliers at the 2008 trading deadline. Wallace started out at Cuyahoga Community College where he played for two years and averaged 17 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game. After Tri-C, he transferred to Virginia Union where he became a Division II All-American. IN the NBA he bounced around for a few years with Washington and Orlando until being traded to the Pistons along with Chucky Adkins for Grant Hill. In Detroit he was a leader of the 2004 NBA Championship team. He was a 4-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, a 4-time All-Star, and a 2-time Rebounding Champion. He is among a handful of players who have lead the NBA in Rebounding and Blocked Shots in the same year. He arrived with the Cavaliers and never made the contribution they were looking for. Looking at his playoff career for the Cavaliers (lets be honest, that is why they got him), he played 27 games and only scored 57 points (2.1 per game) and grabbed 122 rebounds (4.5 per game). Wallace was traded to the Suns with Sasha Pavlovic in the 2009 offseason for Shaquille O’Neal. After being bought out by the Suns, Wallace rejoined the Pistons where he is currently still playing.
The Cavaliers face the South Beach Heat tomorrow, hopefully they will give a better showing than the last time they were in the Q.