2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers season

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2014–15   Cleveland Cavaliers season
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coach David Blatt
General manager David Griffin
Owner(s) Dan Gilbert
Arena Quicken Loans Arena
Results
Record5329 (.646)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Lost to Warriors 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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Television
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The 2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 45th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The season was marked by the publicity the team received by signing free agent forward LeBron James and trading for forward Kevin Love. These All-Star players, added with All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, were dubbed nationally as the "Big Three". [1] A sub-.500 team the previous four seasons, the Cavaliers won the Central division with a 53–29 record. Despite losing key players to injuries, their run continued deep in the NBA Playoffs, starting with a sweep of the Boston Celitcs in four games in the First Round, then defeating the Chicago Bulls in six games in the Semifinals, before sweeping the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks in four games in the Conference Finals, making it to the NBA Finals, their second appearance since 2007.

The 2014–15 NBA season was the 69th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA draft took place on June 26, 2014, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Andrew Wiggins was selected first overall. The regular season began on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, when the defending NBA champions San Antonio Spurs hosted the first game against the Dallas Mavericks. The 2015 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the West defeating the East 163-158. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook won the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. The regular season ended on Wednesday April 15, 2015 and the playoffs began on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and ended with the 2015 NBA Finals on June 16, 2015, after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games to win their fourth NBA title. The Charlotte Bobcats played their first official game as the Charlotte Hornets since 2002.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, often referred to as the Cavs, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. The team began play as an expansion team in 1970, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves. Home games were first held at Cleveland Arena from 1970 to 1974, followed by the Richfield Coliseum from 1974 to 1994. Since 1994, the Cavs have played home games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League. Dan Gilbert has owned the team since March 2005.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams. It is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.

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However, the Cavaliers' season ended with a 2–4 series loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, who won their fourth NBA championship, their first NBA Championship in 40 years.

The 2014–15 Golden State Warriors season was the 69th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 53rd in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors finished the season 67–15, a new franchise record for wins in a season, clinching their best record in the NBA since they won 59 games in the 1975–76 season. They are the tenth NBA team to win 67 games in a season. Golden State reached the 2015 NBA Finals and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–2, to win their first title in 40 years, and the fourth in franchise history. Their 83 total wins for the season was the third most for a team in NBA history, they went 83–20 combining regular season and playoff games.

The 2015 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2014–15 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors defeated the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers in six games (4–2) for the Warriors' first title in 40 years and their fourth in franchise history, becoming the first team since the 1990–91 Chicago Bulls to win a championship without any prior Finals experience from any player on their roster. Golden State's Andre Iguodala was named the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).

The 1975 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1974–75 NBA season of the National Basketball Association. The Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors (48–34) played against the Eastern Conference champion Washington Bullets (60–22) for the championship. The series was played under a best-of-seven format. The underdog Warriors won in four games, sweeping the heavily-favored Bullets to take the title. Warriors small forward Rick Barry was named as the series MVP.

Offseason

Draft picks

RoundPickPlayerPositionNationalityCollege/Club team
11 Andrew Wiggins SG/SF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Kansas
233 Joe Harris SG Flag of the United States.svg United States Virginia

Roster

2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G 8 Dellavedova, Matthew 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)200 lb (91 kg)1990–09–08 Saint Mary's
G 12 Harris, Joe 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)215 lb (98 kg)1991–09–06 Virginia
C 33 Haywood, Brendan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)263 lb (119 kg)1979–11–27 North Carolina
G 2 Irving, Kyrie  (C)6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)193 lb (88 kg)1992–03–23 Duke
F 23 James, LeBron  (C)6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)250 lb (113 kg)1984–12–30 St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (OH)
G/F 1 Jones, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)215 lb (98 kg)1980–10–04 Miami (FL)
F/C 0 Love, Kevin  (C)6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)243 lb (110 kg)1988–09–07 UCLA
F 31 Marion, Shawn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)228 lb (103 kg)1978–05–07 UNLV
G/F 18 Miller, Mike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)218 lb (99 kg)1980–02–19 Florida
C 20 Mozgov, Timofey 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)250 lb (113 kg)1986–07–16 Russia
C 3 Perkins, Kendrick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)270 lb (122 kg)1984–11–10 Clifton J. Ozen (TX)
G 4 Shumpert, Iman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)220 lb (100 kg)1990–06–26 Georgia Tech
G/F 5 Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)220 lb (100 kg)1985–09–09 St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
F/C 13 Thompson, Tristan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)238 lb (108 kg)1991–03–13 Texas
F/C 17 Varejão, Anderson 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)267 lb (121 kg)1982–09–28 Brazil
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Jim Boylan American basketball player and coach

Jim Boylan is an American basketball coach. He served as the interim head coach for the Chicago Bulls for part of the 2007–08 NBA season. He also served as an interim coach for the Milwaukee Bucks for part of the 2012–13 NBA season. Most recently, he played a part in helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2016 NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors.

Larry Drew American basketball player and coach

Larry Donnell Drew is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The point guard played college basketball for the Missouri Tigers before being selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1980 NBA draft with the 17th overall pick. He played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Pistons, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. In 1988–89, Drew played in the Italian League with Scavolini.

James Posey American basketball player

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Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Roster

Preseason

2014 pre-season game log
Total: 5–2 (Home: 4–1; Road: 1–1)
2014–15 pre-season schedule

Regular season

Standings

Central Division WLPCTGBHomeRoadDivGP
y-Cleveland Cavaliers 5329.6460.031–1022–1911–582
x-Chicago Bulls 5032.6103.027–1423–188–882
x-Milwaukee Bucks 4141.50012.023–1818–237–982
Indiana Pacers 3844.46315.023–1815–268–882
Detroit Pistons 3250.39021.018–2314–276–1082
Eastern Conference
#TeamWLPCTGBGP
1c-Atlanta Hawks *6022.73282
2y-Cleveland Cavaliers *5329.6467.082
3x-Chicago Bulls 5032.61010.082
4y-Toronto Raptors *4933.59811.082
5x-Washington Wizards 4636.56114.082
6x-Milwaukee Bucks 4141.50019.082
7x-Boston Celtics 4042.48820.082
8x-Brooklyn Nets 3844.46322.082
9 Indiana Pacers 3844.46322.082
10 Miami Heat 3745.45123.082
11 Charlotte Hornets 3349.40227.082
12 Detroit Pistons 3250.39028.082
13 Orlando Magic 2557.30535.082
14 Philadelphia 76ers 1864.22042.082
15 New York Knicks 1765.20743.082

Game log

2014–15 game log
Total: 53–29 (Home: 31–10; Road: 22–19)
2014–15 season schedule
Detailed records

Playoffs

2015 playoff game log
Total: 14–6 (Home: 7–3; Road: 7–3)
2015 playoff schedule

Player statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG  Points per game

Summer League

PlayerGPGSMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
Anthony Bennett 4429.8.426.250.6007.80.80.80.013.3
Will Cherry 5225.2.251.235.7144.03.00.20.012.8
Jack Cooley 5416.0.615.000.5004.40.20.40.27.4
Matthew Dellavedova 3332.0.435.273.8004.74.71.00.011.7
Shane Edwards 5014.8.647.000.8243.60.40.61.27.2
Carrick Felix 5114.2.471.444.6673.00.60.80.24.4
Jayson Granger 409.3.364.200.0001.31.00.20.02.3
Steven Gray 4013.3.375.313.6001.31.50.20.06.5
Joe Harris 4424.8.391.400.8181.51.50.50.27.8
Scotty Hopson 1114.0.500.5001.0001.01.00.00.07.0
Sergey Karasev 1134.0.444.500.5004.03.01.00.011.0
Alex Kirk 5115.4.524.000.6673.40.40.60.45.2
Dwight Powell 3111.3.500.0001.0003.70.70.30.35.0
Andrew Wiggins 4430.0.405.154.7033.50.31.21.515.5
Totals200.469.272.72535.812.05.83.684.6

Preseason

PlayerGPGSMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
Lou Amundson 506.7.300.000.0002.60.00.20.21.2
Matthew Dellavedova 6327.2.433.294.0003.04.330 670.05.17
Shane Edwards 506.5.200.0001.0001.40.20.20.01.0
Joe Harris 5017.5.364.3811.0002.22.00.40.07.4
Brendan Haywood 3110.2.400.0001.0002.330.330.331.003.67
Kyrie Irving 3227.3.538.4551.0002.05.01.51.519.5
LeBron James 5422.6.486.462.7503.254.750.50.2514.25
James Jones 309.5.500.6001.0000.330.330.00.04.00
Alex Kirk 4015.4.412.0001.0003.00.250.01.05.5
Kevin Love 5421.8.571.588.7726.52.250.250.015.75
Shawn Marion 5120.1.333.000.7504.750.750.750.55.00
Mike Miller 6014.2.263.1881.0001.81.40.20.23.4
A. J. Price 5013.5.517.421.7501.41.00.00.08.2
Tristan Thompson 5225.1.588.000.78910.51.01.00.513.75
Anderson Varejao 5320.9.542.000.7007.251.251.50.258.25
Dion Waiters 6527.1.426.385.8002.82.60.20.615.2

Regular season

PlayerGPGSMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
LeBron James 696936.1.488.354.7106.07.41.60.725.3
Kyrie Irving 757536.4.468.415.8633.25.21.50.321.7
Kevin Love 757533.8.434.367.8049.72.20.70.516.4
J. R. Smith 464531.8.425.390.8183.52.51.40.412.7
Timofey Mozgov 464525.0.590.000.7876.90.80.41.210.6
Dion Waiters 33323.8.404.256.7831.72.21.30.310.5
Anderson Varejao 262624.5.555.000.7336.51.31.10.69.8
Tristan Thompson 821526.8.547.000.6418.00.50.40.78.5
Iman Shumpert 38124.2.410.338.6673.81.51.30.37.2
Matthew Dellavedova 671320.6.362.407.7631.93.00.404.8
Shawn Marion 572419.3.446.261.7653.50.90.50.54.8
James Jones 57211.7.368.360.8481.10.40.20.14.4
Joe Harris 5119.7.400.369.6000.80.50.102.7
Kendrick Perkins 1709.8.488.000.5002.40.50.10.22.6
Mike Miller 521513.5.325.327.7501.80.90.30.12.1
A.J. Price 1107.9.265.000.6671.41.20.302.0
Will Cherry 808.6.263.222.5000.61.00.80.11.9
Brendan Haywood 2215.4.467.000.5381.30.10.10.51.6
Lou Amundson 1206.6.333.000.6001.70.40.100.9
Alex Kirk 502.8.250.0001.0000.20.2000.8

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