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2007–08 Cleveland Cavaliers season

The 2007–08 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 38th season of NBA basketball in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers were the defending Eastern Conference champions, and were coming off of an NBA Finals defeat to the San Antonio Spurs, where they were swept in four games.

2007–08 Cleveland Cavaliers season
Head coachMike Brown
ArenaQuicken Loans Arena
Results
Record45–37 (.549)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Celtics 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFSN Ohio · WUAB
RadioWTAM
< 2006–07 2008–09 >

In the playoffs, the Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards in the First Round in six games, advancing to the Semifinals, where they would lose in seven games to the eventual NBA champion, the Boston Celtics.

Contents

Key datesEdit

Draft picksEdit

Cleveland did not have a draft pick in the 2007 NBA Draft due to trades from previous seasons.

RosterEdit

Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 41   Allred, Lance 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Weber State
SG 33   Brown, Devin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Texas–San Antonio
PG 1   Gibson, Daniel 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Texas
C 11   Ilgauskas, Žydrūnas 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Lithuania
SF 23   James, LeBron (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) St. Vincent – St. Mary High School
PG 19   Jones, Damon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Houston
C 27   Jones, Dwayne 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 251 lb (114 kg) Saint Joseph's
G/F 3   Pavlović, Sasha 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Serbia
PF 32   Smith, Joe 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Maryland
PG 20   Snow, Eric   6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Michigan State
G/F 10   Szczerbiak, Wally 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Miami (OH)
G 12   Thomas, Billy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Kansas
F/C 17   Varejão, Anderson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Brazil
F/C 4   Wallace, Ben 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Virginia Union
PG 13   West, Delonte 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Saint Joseph's
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2008-02-15

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720 34–7 25–16 11–5
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 45 37 .549 14 27–14 18–23 7–9
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 23 21–20 15–26 5–11
Chicago Bulls 33 49 .402 26 20–21 13–28 11–5
Milwaukee Bucks 26 56 .317 33 19–22 7–34 6–10
Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 w-Boston Celtics 66 16 .805
2 y-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720 7
3 y-Orlando Magic 52 30 .634 14
4 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 45 37 .549 21
5 x-Washington Wizards 43 39 .524 23
6 x-Toronto Raptors 41 41 .500 25
7 x-Philadelphia 76ers 40 42 .488 26
8 x-Atlanta Hawks 37 45 .451 29
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30
10 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
11 Chicago Bulls 33 49 .402 33
12 Charlotte Bobcats 32 50 .390 34
13 Milwaukee Bucks 26 56 .317 40
14 New York Knicks 23 59 .280 43
15 Miami Heat 15 67 .183 51


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2007-08 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 0–3 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 4–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–0 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–3
Charlotte 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–2 1–3 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–3
Chicago 2–2 0–4 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–2
Cleveland 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 1–3 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–1 1–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–2
Dallas 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–2
Denver 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–3 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–3 2–0
Detroit 4–0 1–2 3–0 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–1
Golden State 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–3 2–0
Houston 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–2 2–0
Indiana 2–1 0–3 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 3–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
L.A. Clippers 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–3 1–1 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–3 3–1 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 3–1 2–0
Memphis 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 0–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–3 1–1
Miami 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–2 0–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–4
Milwaukee 2–2 0–4 2–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–2
Minnesota 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–3 1–1 3–1 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–1 0–4 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–2
New Jersey 3–1 0–4 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–1
New Orleans 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 0–2
New York 0–4 0–4 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–1
Orlando 2–2 2–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 3–1
Philadelphia 1–3 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–4 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 2–0
Portland 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–3 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 1–2 0–4 1–1 1–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–4 0–2
Toronto 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3
Utah 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0
Washington 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–2

Game logEdit

2007–08 game log
Total: 45–37 (Home: 30–11; Road: 20–21)
2007–08 schedule

PlayoffsEdit

2008 playoff game log
2008 playoff schedule

Player statsEdit

Legend
  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

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Lance Allred 3 0 3.3 .250 .000 .500 .3 .0 .00 .00 1.0
Devin Brown 78 20 22.6 .409 .308 .754 3.4 2.2 .67 .09 7.5
Kaniel Dickens 5 0 2.4 .333 .000 .000 .2 .2 .00 .20 .4
Daniel Gibson 58 26 30.4 .432 .440 .810 2.3 2.5 .81 .24 10.4
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas 73 73 30.4 .474 .000 .802 9.3 1.4 .47 1.64 14.1
LeBron James 75 75 40.4 .484 .315 .712 7.9 7.2 1.84 1.08 30.0
Damon Jones 67 3 19.9 .416 .417 .714 1.1 1.9 .28 .01 6.5
Dwayne Jones 56 0 8.4 .532 .000 .483 2.5 .2 .18 .45 1.4
Aleksandar Pavlović 51 45 23.3 .362 .298 .688 2.5 1.6 .57 .12 7.4
Joe Smith* 27 1 21.5 .512 .000 .652 5.0 .7 .33 .59 8.1
Eric Snow 22 5 13.9 .158 .000 .455 .9 1.9 .45 .18 1.0
Wally Szczerbiak* 25 1 22.2 .359 .365 .878 3.2 1.4 .36 .28 8.2
Billy Thomas* 7 0 4.9 .286 .308 .000 .3 .0 .14 .00 1.7
Anderson Varejão 48 13 27.5 .461 .000 .598 8.3 1.1 .77 .54 6.7
Ben Wallace* 22 22 26.3 .457 .000 .432 7.4 .6 .86 1.68 4.2
Delonte West* 26 26 31.0 .440 .367 .788 3.7 4.5 1.12 .73 10.3

*Statistics include only games with the Cavaliers

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Devin Brown 8 0 11.5 .265 .294 .667 2.4 1.1 .25 .00 4.1
Daniel Gibson 11 0 25.8 .449 .452 .714 1.7 2.5 .64 .18 9.0
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas 13 13 30.2 .479 .000 .818 7.5 1.6 .38 1.08 13.1
LeBron James 13 13 42.5 .411 .257 .731 7.8 7.6 1.77 1.31 28.2
Damon Jones 5 0 5.2 .200 .286 .000 .0 .2 .00 .00 1.2
Dwayne Jones 5 0 4.0 .500 .000 .500 1.2 .0 .00 .20 .6
Aleksandar Pavlović 8 0 13.9 .385 .444 .667 1.3 .1 .25 .00 3.5
Joe Smith 13 0 20.2 .486 .000 .636 4.6 .5 .38 .54 6.6
Wally Szczerbiak 13 13 28.8 .376 .323 .929 1.8 1.5 .15 .08 10.8
Billy Thomas 3 0 2.7 .500 .500 .000 .3 .3 .33 .00 1.0
Anderson Varejão 13 0 18.5 .407 .000 .429 5.2 .7 .62 .08 4.1
Ben Wallace 13 13 23.4 .515 .000 .350 6.5 1.2 .62 1.08 3.2
Delonte West 13 13 34.8 .400 .429 .854 3.3 4.2 1.15 .46 10.8

Awards, records and milestonesEdit

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

  • On December 17, 2007 LeBron James became the youngest NBA player to score 9,000 points.[10]
  • 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 February 27, 2008 LeBron James became the youngest NBA player to score 10,000 points.[11]
  • 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.

All-StarEdit

  • 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.

TransactionsEdit

The Cavaliers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

TradesEdit

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.

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Sasha Pavlović Cleveland Cavaliers
Anderson Varejão Cleveland Cavaliers
Billy Thomas Colorado 14ers
Kaniel Dickens Colorado 14ers
Lance Allred Idaho Stampede
Player New team
Demetris Nichols Chicago Bulls

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit