Skyenga scores 13 as Cavs beat Pistons…oh and don’t mess with Ryan Hollins

Last night was a fun game to watch.  First you had the solid victory by the Cavaliers, as they won 110 to 101 over the Pistons.  Second you had Semih Erden getting his first Cavalier start.  At some points he looked good, at other points he looked clueless, and apparently he followed Ryan Hollins’s advice to not rebound the ball at all as a 7’0″ starting center in the NBA.  Erden grabbed zero rebounds in 19 minutes.  Third you had the Cavaliers enforcer Ryan Hollins yet again standing up for himself and this time actually backing it up by getting into a glorified shoving match with Charlie Villanueva.  It was awesome to see Hollins stick up for himself.  Additionally, while Villanueva was going all Ron Artest out on the court, Hollins was standing there laughing at him, which had to just make Villanueva even more pissed.  Finally, the fourth thing I enjoyed about the game last night, was the return of the Christian Skyenga of old. 

Skyenga got himself back into the rotation and responded well.  Last night he played stifling defense and turned that defense into offense.  Additionally, he did not just stand at the three point line and hike up bombs, he pump faked and drove, got to the rim and shot some shorter range jumpers.  That is exactly what you want to see from a guy with the extraordinary athletic ability that Skyenga has.  That all translated into great numbers for the game.  In 22 minutes, he was 6-11 from the field (only 1-5 from three point range), he grabbed 3 rebounds, had an assist, had a steal and scored 13 points (his most since March 21st against Orlando).  He also had the second best plus minus on the team with a +11 (behind only Ryan Hollins who had a +19). 

The 13 points moved him past a few players and also kept him just ahead of another:

Rank Player Years G Pts Avg
158 Christian Eyenga 2010-11 43 297 6.9
159 Ron Anderson 1984-85 thru 1985-86 53 296 5.6
160 Alonzo Gee 2010-11 39 291 7.5
161 Samardo Samuels 2010-11 37 288 7.8

Ron Anderson was a guard out of Fresno State that was a 2nd round draft pick by the Cavaliers. He lasted two seasons with the Cavaliers, playing 53 games and scoring 296 points over the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. He caught on with the Pacers for a few season after playing with the Cavaliers, then moved to the 76ers, where he teamed with Charles Barkley. He averaged 16 points and 5 rebounds in his first season with the 76ers and continued to put up double digit scoring totals for the next three years before falling to 8.1 in his final season with the 76ers. He then played for both the Nets and Bullets in the 1993-94 season. After the that season Anderson started to play overseas. He played another 5 seasons in the French and Israeli leagues. After a knee injury sidelined him from the top tier leagues, he continued to play for the 2nd and 3rd tier leagues up until last year when at the age of 52 he scored 23 points in a 2nd tier French league game.  Skyenga also passed Samardo Samuels once again with Samuels sitting out with the groin injury.  Additionally, with his recent increase in scoring, Alonzo Gee is hot on Skyenga’s tail in the point list race. 
The good news is that Skyenga is only 2 points from moving into 157th place, and 3 points from going over 300 for the season and for his career.  Both of those seem achievable in the final game of the season on Wednesday.  Stay tuned!

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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