This Week in Cavaliers History

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Spring is in the air, except for those of us that reside in the Cleveland area, where the forecast is calling for a balmy 32 degrees by mid-afternoon today. The Cavaliers find themselves closing out the month of March with four games in six days followed by April, which isn’t much better with eight games in 13 days. So much for the old adage that spring brings in new life.

Nevertheless, the point of this piece isn’t to necessarily spring forward (see what I did there), but instead to look back. And as we look back in today’s edition of This Week in Cavaliers History, we will see that every season is filled with high and low points, similar to what this year’s team is going through.

Larry NanceMarch 18
1994 – The Cavs placed forward Larry Nance on the injured list. It was announced just six days later Nance underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at the Cleveland Clinic. The 6-10 forward only appeared in 33 games that season with Cleveland, averaging 11.2 points and 6.9 rebounds a game. It was Nance’s last season with the Cavaliers.

March 19
1968, 1976 – Cavs forward Tyrone Hill and guard Andre Miller were both born on March 19th. Hill, who played in two separate stints with the Cavs, averaged 10.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game over six seasons with Cleveland. Miller, the 8th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, played in three seasons with the Cavs, averaging 14.5 points and 8.2 assists per game before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2002.

March 20
1989 – The Cavs defeated the Washington Bullets, 103-97, as 19,018 fans packed The Coliseum to surpass the single season franchise total attendance record. Cleveland drew 570,445 in the 1976-77 season and the total after 33 games of the 1988-89 campaign stood at 574,531.

Paul SilasMarch 21
2005 – The Cavaliers relieved Paul Silas of his head coaching duties and named assistant coach Brendan Malone as the Head Coach. Silas finished his career in Cleveland with a 69-77 record. Malone won his debut against Detroit the next day - posting a 91-76 win at Gund Arena.

March 22
1994 – The Cavs defeated the Indiana Pacers 93-61 at The Coliseum. The 61 points scored by the Pacers breaks the Cleveland franchise record for the least amount of points scored by a Cavs opponent (67 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers). The 61 points allowed also ties for the third fewest points ever scored in an NBA game.

March 23
1971 – The Wine and Gold close out their inaugural season with a 114-112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in front of 6,422 fans at Cleveland Arena. The Cavaliers were led by Walt Wesley, who scored 35 points.

March 24
1992 – Brad Daugherty leads the Cavaliers to a 128-113 victory over the Indiana Pacers, scoring 32 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. It marked the third straight game, all wins, where Daugherty led the team in scoring. Over that three-game span, Daugherty averaged 27.3 points on .615 shooting (32-52) and 9.3 rebounds per game. He also went a perfect 18-18 at the free throw line.

March 25
2009 – The Cavaliers won their franchise-record 58th game of the season with a 98-87 victory over the Nets, surpassing the 57 wins in both the 1988-89 and 1991-92 seasons.