It is over! The streak has finally been stopped and Christian Skyenga and the Cavaliers got a much needed victory. It was a very hard fought game and it was great seeing the crowd and players giving it their all. This marked the first NBA win for Skyenga and it moves his mark to 1-17 now in his short career.
Photo Credit: Brendan Bowers / Stepien Rules
Part of the reason for this win had to be the karma Skyenga received by sitting down with Stepien Rules for a pre-game interview! In a little less playing time than he had been getting, in part due to the Cavaliers going small to counter the Clippers, Skyenga still manged an eye popping alley-oop on his way to 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 19 minutes.
This moved him past one ex-Cavalier and into 187th place on the Career Scoring list:
Darren Tillis was a 6’11” center from Cleveland State. He is one of four players from Cleveland State to appear in an NBA game (two of the four were Cavaliers: Tillis and Cedric Jackson). He was the second Cleveland State player selected in the 1st Round, going 23rd overall to the Celtics in the 1982 NBA draft (Franklin Edwards wend 22nd overall to the 76ers a year earlier in the 1981 draft).
He holds the CSU record for rebounds in a season with 346 in 1981-82. He is currently 8th all-time on the CSU scoring list with 1,423 career points, 2nd on the all-time rebounds list with 1,045 and he is CSU’s all-time leading shot blocker with 197. His NBA career was less decorated. He was traded to the Cavaliers in the middle of his rookie year after not getting much playing time for the Celtics (44 minutes in 15 games played). He performed slightly better for the Cavaliers, averaging 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 37 appearances. After the season he was traded to Golden State for a future 2nd round pick. He played 72 games for the Warriors that year, but was largely unproductive and was out of the NBA after that year.
The Cavaliers hit the court again on Sunday, this time on the other end of the streak, as the Wizard come into the Q with an 0-fer on the road this season. Let hope the Cavaliers and Skyenga can keep that streak going, as well as start a new streak of their own #twoinarow!!!