The Cavaliers put forth a valiant effort vs the Nets tonight, but it was to no avail. As Boobie Gibson’s three pointer bounced off the rim, the Cavaliers losing streak reached 17, and they are now 1-27 over their last 28 games. To add salt on the wound, Christian Skyenga was in foul trouble all night long limiting him to 19 minutes and only 2 points.
There were two small pieces of good news though, Skyenga extended his scoring streak to 8 games (every game of his career) and he passed two players to move into 229th place in Cavalier history:
Interestingly enough, the two players Skyenga passed were both part of the 23 players who appeared in the 1981-82 season. That season the Cavaliers went 15-67, which is tied with the original 1970-71 Cavaliers for the worst record in team history. With the loss against the Nets, the current version of the Cavaliers are on pace for 14.9 wins, so it apperas they will give those two teams a run for their money as the worst Cavalier team ever.
Brad Branson was a 2nd round draft pick of the Pistons out of SMU. He was cut by Detroit before appearing in a game. The Cavaliers picked him up off waivers in March of 1981. He played in 10 games, scoring 53 points and grabbing 3.3 rebounds. After the season he was traded to the Pacers where he played 62 games in 1982-83. He never again played in the NBA after a brief two year career.
Kevin Restani was a journeyman player, maxing out at 10.7 ppg in the 1979-80 season for the Spurs. He was waived by the Spurs in December of 1981 and immediately picked up by the Cavaliers. That waiver claim didn’t pan out as Restani played only 9.9 minutes per game, scoring 1.6 ppg and grabbing 2.3 rpg. In what seems to be a theme of the players passed by Skyenga lately, Restani never player another game in the NBA after the 1981-82 season.
Skyenga is inching closer and closer to his first victory. The road ahead looks very bleak, but maybe Skyenga can help lead the team to a victory and we can shock the world. Stay tuned.