2007–08 Cleveland Cavaliers season
|2007–08 Cleveland Cavaliers season|
|Head coach||Mike Brown|
|Arena||Quicken Loans Arena|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||East Semifinals
|Television||FSN Ohio, WUAB|
|< 2006–07||2008–09 >|
- On June 28, the 2007 NBA Draft took place in New York City, New York.
- On July 1, the free agency period started.
- On October 9, the Cavaliers' pre-season began with a 62-81 loss to Washington Wizards.
- On October 31, the Cavaliers' season started with a 74-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
- On November 2, the Cavaliers signed Sasha Pavlović to a multi-year extension.
- On November 2, the Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks 110-106 for their first win.
- On November 27, the Cavaliers handed the Boston Celtics their second loss of the season.
- On December 5, the Cavaliers matched the offer sheet of the Charlotte Bobcats to retain Anderson Varejão and waived Demetris Nichols.
- On January 17, the Cavaliers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio for the second straight year.
- On January 23, a victory over the Washington Wizards gave the Cavaliers a season-long five-game win streak.
- On February 21, in a three-team trade, the Cavaliers acquired Ben Wallace, Joe Smith, a 2009 second-round pick from the Chicago Bulls, and a trade exception, plus Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West from the Seattle SuperSonics.
- On March 5, LeBron James scored 50 points against the New York Knicks which led to victory.
- On March 10, an 88-80 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers put the Cavaliers a season-high 10 games over 0.500.
- On May 2, the Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 105-88 to advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
- On May 18, the Cavaliers fell to the Boston Celtics 92-97 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Cleveland did not have a draft pick in the 2007 NBA Draft due to trades from previous seasons.
- 1st round pick (#22) acquired from Toronto and traded to Charlotte as part of Sasha Pavlović deal. Used to draft Jared Dudley.
- 1st round pick (#24) traded to Boston and then to Phoenix as part of Jiri Welsch deal. Used to draft Rudy Fernandez.
Cleveland Cavaliers roster
|C||Žydrūnas Ilgauskas||Anderson Varejão||Dwayne Jones||Lance Allred|
|PF||Ben Wallace||Joe Smith|
|SF||LeBron James||Sasha Pavlović|
|SG||Devin Brown||Wally Szczerbiak||Billy Thomas|
|PG||Delonte West||Daniel Gibson||Damon Jones||Eric Snow|
Record: 5–9 ; Home: 4–3 ; Road: 1–6
|18||December 2||Cleveland||70–80||Boston||Žydrūnas Ilgauskas (12)||18,624||9–9|
|19||December 4||New Jersey||100–79||Cleveland||Shannon Brown (20)||19,838||9–10|
|20||December 5||Cleveland||86–105||Washington||Three-way tie (13)||17,684||9–11|
|21||December 8||Cleveland||93–96||Charlotte||Larry Hughes (22)||17,624||9–12|
|22||December 11||Indiana||105–118||Cleveland||Larry Hughes (36)||20,010||10–12|
|23||December 14||Cleveland||97–105||New Jersey||LeBron James (29)||15,242||10–13|
|24||December 15||Philadelphia||92–86||Cleveland||Two-way tie (21)||20,562||10–14|
|25||December 17||Milwaukee||99–104||Cleveland||OT||LeBron James (31)||20,562||11–14|
|26||December 19||Cleveland||90–108||NY Knicks||LeBron James (32)||18,704||11–15|
|27||December 20||LA Lakers||90–94||Cleveland||LeBron James (33)||20,562||12–15|
|28||December 23||Golden State||105–96||Cleveland||LeBron James (25)||20,562||12–16|
|29||December 25||Miami||82–96||Cleveland||LeBron James (25)||20,562||13–16|
|30||December 27||Cleveland||88–81||Dallas||LeBron James (24)||20,462||14–16|
|31||December 29||Cleveland||76–86||New Orleans||LeBron James (21)||17,623||14–17|
Record: 11–3 ; Home: 5–1 ; Road: 6–2
|32||January 2||Atlanta||98–94||Cleveland||LeBron James (36)||20,562||15–17|
|33||January 4||Sacramento||97–93||Cleveland||LeBron James (24)||20,562||16–17|
|34||January 6||Cleveland||93–90||Toronto||LeBron James (39)||19,800||17–17|
|35||January 8||Seattle||95–79||Cleveland||LeBron James (22)||20,409||18–17|
|36||January 9||Cleveland||81–90||Atlanta||LeBron James (31)||16,246||18–18|
|37||January 11||Charlotte||113–106||Cleveland||OT||LeBron James (31)||20,562||19–18|
|38||January 15||Cleveland||132–124||Memphis||OT||LeBron James (51)||13,871||20–18|
|39||January 17||Cleveland||90–88||San Antonio||LeBron James (27)||18,482||21–18|
|40||January 21||Cleveland||97–90||Miami||LeBron James (27)||19,600||22–18|
|41||January 23||Washington||121–85||Cleveland||Žydrūnas Ilgauskas (24)||20,562||23–18|
|42||January 25||Phoenix||108–110||Cleveland||LeBron James (36)||20,562||23–19|
|43||January 27||Cleveland||98–95||LA Lakers||LeBron James (41)||18,997||24–19|
|44||January 30||Cleveland||84–83||Portland||LeBron James (37)||20,501||25–19|
|45||January 31||Cleveland||95–101||Seattle||Larry Hughes (28)||13,109||25–20|
Record: 8–6; Home: 5–3 ; Road: 3–3
|46||February 2||LA Clippers||98–84||Cleveland||LeBron James (28)||20,562||26–20|
|47||February 5||Boston||114–113||Cleveland||LeBron James (33)||20,562||27–20|
|48||February 7||Cleveland||77–92||Houston||LeBron James (32)||18,402||27–21|
|49||February 8||Cleveland||100–95||Atlanta||LeBron James (26)||19,335||28–21|
|50||February 10||Denver||83–113||Cleveland||LeBron James (30)||20,562||28–22|
|51||February 11||Cleveland||118–111||Orlando||Larry Hughes (40)||17,519||29–22|
|52||February 13||San Antonio||105–112||Cleveland||LeBron James (39)||20,562||29–23|
|53||February 19||Houston||85–93||Cleveland||LeBron James (26)||20,562||29–24|
|54||February 20||Cleveland||106–97||Indiana||LeBron James (31)||13,096||30–24|
|55||February 22||Washington||90–89||Cleveland||LeBron James (33)||20,562||31–24|
|56||February 24||Memphis||109–89||Cleveland||LeBron James (25)||20,562||32–24|
|57||February 26||Cleveland||102–105||Milwaukee||LeBron James (35)||15,346||32–25|
|58||February 27||Cleveland||87–92||Boston||LeBron James (26)||18,624||32–26|
|59||February 29||Minnesota||92–84||Cleveland||LeBron James (30)||20,562||33–26|
Record: 8–7; Home: 7–1 ; Road: 1–6
|60||March 2||Chicago||95–86||Cleveland||LeBron James (37)||20,562||34–26|
|61||March 5||Cleveland||119–105||NY Knicks||LeBron James (50)||18,760||35–26|
|62||March 6||Cleveland||96–107||Chicago||LeBron James (39)||22,097||35–27|
|63||March 8||Indiana||103–95||Cleveland||LeBron James (38)||20,562||36–27|
|64||March 10||Portland||88–80||Cleveland||LeBron James (24)||20,213||37–27|
|65||March 12||Cleveland||99–104||New Jersey||LeBron James (42)||18,287||37–28|
|66||March 13||Cleveland||99–101||Washington||LeBron James (25)||20,173||37–29|
|67||March 16||Charlotte||98–91||Cleveland||LeBron James (33)||20,562||38–29|
|68||March 17||Cleveland||90–104||Orlando||LeBron James (30)||17,519||38–30|
|69||March 19||Detroit||89–73||Cleveland||LeBron James (30)||20,562||39–30|
|70||March 21||Toronto||90–83||Cleveland||LeBron James (29)||20,562||40–30|
|71||March 22||Cleveland||98–108||Milwaukee||LeBron James (29)||15,337||40–31|
|72||March 26||New Orleans||99–100||Cleveland||Žydrūnas Ilgauskas (29)||20,562||40–32|
|73||March 29||Cleveland||71–85||Detroit||LeBron James (13)||22,076||40–33|
|74||March 30||Philadelphia||91–88||Cleveland||LeBron James (26)||20,562||41–33|
Record: 4–4 ; Home: 2–3; Road: 2–1
|75||April 2||Cleveland||118–114||Charlotte||LeBron James (29)||15,106||42–33|
|76||April 3||Chicago||101–98||Cleveland||LeBron James (33)||20,562||42–34|
|77||April 5||Orlando||101–86||Cleveland||Delonte West (19)||20,562||42–35|
|78||April 9||New Jersey||83–104||Cleveland||LeBron James (33)||20,063||43–35|
|79||April 11||Cleveland||95–100||Chicago||LeBron James (34)||22,084||43–36|
|80||April 13||Miami||76–84||Cleveland||Delonte West (18)||20,562||44–36|
|81||April 14||Cleveland||91–90||Philadelphia||LeBron James (27)||20,730||45–36|
|82||April 16||Detroit||84–74||Cleveland||Wally Szczerbiak (18)||20,562||45–37|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates loss.
|2008 playoff game log|
First Round: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
Conference Semifinals: 3–4 (Home: 3–0; Road: 0–4)
|2008 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|
*Statistics include only games with the Cavaliers
Awards, records and milestones
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from November 19 through November 25.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played December 31, 2007 through January 6, 2008.
- Daniel Gibson, 33 points, was named the MVP of the Rookie Challenge Game during NBA All-Star Week on February 15, 2008.
- LeBron James, 27 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, was named the MVP of the NBA All-Star Game during NBA All-Star week on February 17, 2008.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from February 18 through February 24.
- On February 11, 2008 Drew Gooden grabbed his 2,500th rebound as a Cavalier. Gooden is the 9th Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On February 11, 2008 Larry Hughes scored his 2,000th point as a Cavalier. Hughes is the 44th Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On February 13, 2008 Žydrūnas Ilgauskas blocked his 1,100th shot as a Cavalier. Ilgauskas is the 2nd Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On February 20, 2008 Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored his 9,000th point as a Cavalier. Ilgauskas is the 6th Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On February 20, 2008 LeBron James played his 15,000th minute as a Cavalier. James is the 8th Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On February 22, 2008 Zydrunas Ilgauskas grabbed his 2,000th offensive rebound as a Cavalier. Ilgauskas is the team leader in offensive rebounds.
- On February 22, 2008 Damon Jones hit is 300th three pointer as a Cavalier. Jones is the 6th Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On February 22, 2008 LeBron James grabbed his 2,500th rebound as a Cavalier. James is the 10th Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On March 19, 2008 LeBron James dished his 2,500th assist as a Cavalier. James is the 2nd Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On March 26, 2008 Žydrūnas Ilgauskas grabbed his 5,000th rebound as a Cavalier. Ilgauskas is the 2nd Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- On March 29, 2008 LeBron James made his 500th three point shot as a Cavalier. James is the 4th Cavalier to reach that milestone.
- Daniel Gibson participated in the 2008 Rookie Challenge Game on February 15, 2008 and was named the MVP.
- Daniel Gibson participated in the 2008 Three Point Contest on February 16, 2008 and finished in second place.
- LeBron James started the 2008 All-Star Game on February 17, 2008 and was named the MVP.
The Cavaliers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007-08 season.
|February 21, 2008
||To Cleveland Cavaliers ----Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Joe Smith, Delonte West, a 2009 second round pick and a $1.7 mil trade exception||To Chicago Bulls ----Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown.||To Seattle SuperSonics ----Ira Newble, Donyell Marshall and Adrian Griffin.|
*Note: This is the largest trade in Cleveland Cavaliers history.
- Lamond Murray and a future 2nd round pick traded to Toronto for Michael Stewart and a future 1st round pick. http://www.nba.com/raptors/news/pr_murray_020925.html
1st round pick then traded to Charlotte for Sasha Pavlović. http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/pavlovic_040623.html
- 2007 1st round pick traded to Boston for Jiri Welsch http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1998808
- Tony Battie and two future 2nd round picks traded to Orlando for Drew Gooden, Steven Hunter and the rights to Anderson Varejão. http://www.nba.com/magic/news/MAGIC_ACQUIRE_TONY_BATTIE_PIC-114607-66.html
- James and Parker Earn Weekly Honors, NBA.com, November 26, 2007.
- LeBron James Named NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week - NBA.com.
- Yao Ming, LeBron James Named Players of the Month, NBA.com, February 1, 2008.
- Mike Brown, Byron Scott Named Coaches of the Month, NBA.com, February 1, 2008.
- LeBron James Named NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week - NBA.com.
- Kobe Bryant, LeBron James Named Players of the Month, NBA.com, March 3, 2008.
- LeBron Reaches 9,000 in Cavs' Victory Over Bucks, Associated Press, December 17, 2007.
- LeBron Makes History in Boston "D" Party
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