This Week in Cavaliers History

Yesterday marked the end of February, which we have found holds quite the significance within the Cavaliers organization. In case you have forgotten, please do your homework and read the inaugural This Week in Cavaliers History.

Moving on, we find that although February is the shortest month of the year, it packs a mean punch in terms of important dates within the basketball world. For starters we have the day in which the best players of each NBA season meet for the All-Star game.

Next, the NBA trade deadline falls on the 16th Thursday of the regular season, which lucky for us (and this segment) typically falls in February. Just last week for instance, we saw the Cavaliers make a move that undoubtedly will shape the foreseeable future of the organization. Unfortunately, we don’t have the time to review all the other moves the Wine and Gold has made over the years. We’re on a tight deadline.

But getting back to the point of this segment, we find that outside of these key dates in the NBA, February holds a much more meaningful date in the lives of 29 current and former Cavaliers …their date of birth.

While we don’t find it necessary to list out all of them, the most notable names are Larry Nance (February 12, 1959), Mark Price (February 15, 1964) and Bobby “Bingo” Smith (February 26, 1946). That’s exactly half of the players who have had their jersey retired as a Cavalier.

Might be something we need to take a look at come draft day, figuring we now have two 1st round picks.

Mark PriceFebruary 20
1993 - Guard Mark Price wins the AT&T Long Distance Shootout, defeating Terry Porter of the Portland Trailblazers in the final round, at the All-Star Weekend in the Delta Center at Salt Lake City, Utah. Also, former Cavs guard Austin Carr participated in the Schick Legend Classic at the Delta Center.

February 21
1990 - Cavs trade center Chris Dudley to the New Jersey Nets, in exchange for two second round draft picks. In addition, the Cavaliers acquire guard/forward Derrick Chievous from the Houston Rockets in exchange for three second round selections.

February 22
1976 - The Cavaliers defeated the Houston Rockets 107-103 to extend their winning streak to eight games, the longest in team history. The winning streak was snapped the next night (February 23rd) in Houston as the Rockets defeated the Cavaliers 117-114.

February 23
1984 - Cavs defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-109 in overtime behind World B. Free's 35 points in front of 14,517 the largest crowd in the Coliseum since 1981.

February 24
2005 - The Cavaliers acquired guard/forward Jiri Welsch from the Boston Celtics in exchange for a future first-round pick. Welsch played in 16 games that season for the Wine and Gold averaging 2.9 points per game.

February 25
(See February 27th)

February 26
1992 - Mark Price breaks his own Cavalier record of 45 consecutive free throws made. Price made 51 consecutive foul shots before missing on February 28th.

J.J. HicksonFebruary 27
2011 – J.J. Hickson scores 22 points and grabs 16 points in a 95-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, marking the second straight game that Hickson records a double-double with over 20 points and 15 rebounds. Two nights prior, Hickson scored 24 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks 115-109.

In 2005, Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas recorded consecutive 20 point, 15 rebound games on the same exact dates that Hickson did just six years later. Ilgauskas scored 20 points and grabbed 15 points in a 106-82 loss at Indiana and recorded 20 points and 18 rebounds at New Jersey as the Wine and Gold was defeated 104-98.

February 28
1989 – The Cavs finish off the month of February with a 115-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons led by Ron Harper, who scored 26 points on 11-16 shooting. The win gave the Cavs a 10-3 record for the month and moved their league leading record to 42-12.