|2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers season|
|Head coach||David Blatt|
|General manager||David Griffin|
|Arena||Quicken Loans Arena|
|Place||Division: 1st (Central)|
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
|Playoff finish|| NBA Finals |
(Lost to Warriors 2–4)
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".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.
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|2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers roster|
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|2014 pre-season game log|
Total: 5–2 (Home: 4–1; Road: 1–1)
Pre-season: 5–2 (Home: 4–1; Road: 1–1)
|2014–15 pre-season schedule|
|1||c-Atlanta Hawks *||60||22||.732||–||82|
|2||y-Cleveland Cavaliers *||53||29||.646||7.0||82|
|4||y-Toronto Raptors *||49||33||.598||11.0||82|
|15||New York Knicks||17||65||.207||43.0||82|
|2014–15 game log|
Total: 53–29 (Home: 31–10; Road: 22–19)
October: 1–1 (Home: 0–1; Road: 1–0)
November : 7–6 (Home: 5–3; Road: 2–3)
December : 10–7 (Home: 6–3; Road: 4–4)
January: 11–6 (Home: 6–2; Road: 5–4)
February: 8–3 (Home: 5–0; Road: 3–3)
March : 11–4 (Home: 5–0; Road: 6–4)
April : 5–2 (Home: 4–1; Road: 1–1)
|2014–15 season schedule|
|2015 playoff game log|
Total: 14–6 (Home: 7–3; Road: 7–3)
First Round: 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
Conference Semifinals: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
Eastern Conference Finals: 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
NBA Finals: 2–4 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–2)
|2015 playoff schedule|
|GP||Games 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|
|Matthew Dellavedova||6||3||27.2||.433||.294||.000||3.0||4.33||0 67||0.0||5.17|
|A. J. Price||5||0||13.5||.517||.421||.750||1.4||1.0||0.0||0.0||8.2|
|J. R. Smith||46||45||31.8||.425||.390||.818||3.5||2.5||1.4||0.4||12.7|
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