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Cavs fall to Heat, but Skyenga climbs towards a hundred

The Cavaliers, not surprisingly, lost again last night.  This time it was at the hands of the Miami Heat.  The Cavaliers gave a valiant effort in the 2nd quarter and the beginning of the 3rd quarter to cut the lead to 3, but then they got smoked after that, losing by 27.

Pictured above is Brendan Bowers, on the sidelines, as well as LeBron James

Our man Christian Skyenga had a typical solid game.  He scored 8 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 30 minutes.  This was the 3rd straight game in which he had 2 blocked shots.  He is now has 12 blocks in 12 games (good for 136th place in Cavalier History). 

Additionally, Skyenga tied his career best with a -1 +/- ranking for the game (the best mark for any Cavalier on the night).  To top it all off, he has moved into 203rd place in Cavalier All-Time Scoring:

Rank Player Years G Pts Avg
203 Christian Eyenga 2010-11 <12 92< 7.7
   Derrick Chievous 1989-90 thru 1990-91 32 92 2.9
205 Samardo Samuels 2010-11 17 91 5.4
206 Keith Herron 1981-82 30 85 2.8
Earl Tatum 1979-80 33 85 2.6

Earl Tatum was acquired by the Cavaliers in a trade with the Pistons for Jim Brewer.  Brewer still holds the Cavalier single season rebounds record with 891 in 1975-76.  Tatum played 33 games for the Cavaliers producing pretty much nothing.  He averaged 6.8 mpg, 2.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg and 0.6 apg in 1979-80.  He like many players passed so far by Skyenga never played again in the NBA after his time with the Cavaliers.

Keith Herron was one of the famous 23 from the 1981-82 season.  He was signed in December of 1981 and managed to appear in 30 games for the Cavaliers, scoring only 85 points.  Herron was a scoring machine at Villanova, setting the school record with 2,170 points (since broken by Kerry Kittles with 2,243 and also passed by Scottie Reynolds with 2,222).  He averaged 13.7 points per game in 80 games with the Pistons in 1980-81, but could not replicate that season with the Cavaliers.  He never played again after the 1981-82 season.

Derrick Chievous was a machine at Missouri.  He is the school’s all-time leading scorer (36th in NCAA history), and currently ranks 10th in NCAA history in free throw’s made.  He once was cut above the eye in high school and the next game scored 45 points while wearing a band-aid.  He then took to always wearing the banc-aid and it became his nickname.  He was featured in the Sports Illustrated in January of 1987 with Ozzie Newsome on the cover (after the Divisional Playoff 2OT win over the Jets).  His NBA career was less than notable though, lasting only 3 years.  He was traded to the Cavaliers in his second season and lasted for a year and a half before being out of the league at the age of 24.

Skyenga is also in a real battle with Samardo Samuels, as he has once again passed him.  They have been flip flopping the past few games.

Two important milestones are on the horizon for Skyenga: his 100th career point and moving into the top-200 in Cavalier Scoring History.

If those two things don’t give you a reason to tune in tomorrow when the Cavaliers face the Pacers, I don’t know what will! 

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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