The Cavaliers gave another great effort Saturday night, but once again came up short when it counted. One thing that we know for sure about these Cavaliers is that when the game is on the line, they have no one to turn to. Until they find that guy who will lead them to victory, this losing streak could be going for a while.
On the happier side of things, Christian Skyenga, despite some nickname bashing, came to play once again. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, had 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot in only 28 minutes of court time. This is becoming a pretty typical stat stuffed box score for Skyenga. With the 12 points he moved past two more former Cavaliers into 193rd place in team history:
|194||Luke Jackson||2004-05 thru 2005-06||46||125||2.7|
|195||Darnell Jackson||2008-09 thru 2009-10||78||119||1.5|
Darnell Jackson is a guy who would look very nice in a Cavalier uniform right now. D-Block was always a Mike Brown favorite, but he got caught in a numbers game when Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned at the end of last season, and the potential of Danny Green, as well as the number of big men on the team were the downfalls of D-Block and led to him being cut. The Milwaukee Bucks picked him up and he was inactive the rest of the season. In the offseason he was traded to the Kings for Jon Brockman. He is playing sparingly for the Kings right now and is averaging 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. In college Jackson was part of the 2008 Kansas Jayhawk National Championship Team.
Luke Jackson was the 10th overall draft pick by the Cavaliers in the 2004 Draft out of Oregon. His shooting ability was supposed to be a great fit with LeBron and help spread the floor. At Oregon he was a 2nd Team All-American as a senior, averaging 21.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. He shot 44% from three point range, hitting 73 threes in 31 games. He had back problems with the Cavaliers and appeared in only 10 games as a rookie. The next year he played in 36 games and averaged 2.7 points. He was traded in the 2006 offseason to the Celtics for Dwayne Jones. He never appeared in a game for the Celtics, as he was waived two weeks after the trade. He played in only 27 games over the next 2 years with the Clippers, Raptors and Heat. Since them he has been bouncing around the NBDL and is currently on the Idaho Stampede. He is averaging 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, while shooting 35.5% (22-62) from three point range in 18 games (12 starts).
The Cavaliers hit the court again tonight vs the Mavericks in Dallas. That one doesn’t look pretty for the Cavaliers. Stay tuned, maybe our guy Skyenga can make the impossible happen!