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2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers season

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.

2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers season
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachDavid Blatt
General managerDavid Griffin
Owner(s)Dan Gilbert
ArenaQuicken Loans Arena
Results
Record53–29 (.646)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Warriors 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television
Radio
< 2013–14 2015–16 >

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.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Club team
1 1 Andrew Wiggins SG/SF   Canada Kansas
2 33 Joe Harris SG   United States Virginia

RosterEdit

2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (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)

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

Roster

PreseasonEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Cleveland Cavaliers 53 29 .646 0.0 31–10 22–19 11–5 82
x-Chicago Bulls 50 32 .610 3.0 27–14 23–18 8–8 82
x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 12.0 23–18 18–23 7–9 82
Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 15.0 23–18 15–26 8–8 82
Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 21.0 18–23 14–27 6–10 82


Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c-Atlanta Hawks * 60 22 .732 82
2 y-Cleveland Cavaliers * 53 29 .646 7.0 82
3 x-Chicago Bulls 50 32 .610 10.0 82
4 y-Toronto Raptors * 49 33 .598 11.0 82
5 x-Washington Wizards 46 36 .561 14.0 82
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 19.0 82
7 x-Boston Celtics 40 42 .488 20.0 82
8 x-Brooklyn Nets 38 44 .463 22.0 82
9 Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 22.0 82
10 Miami Heat 37 45 .451 23.0 82
11 Charlotte Hornets 33 49 .402 27.0 82
12 Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 28.0 82
13 Orlando Magic 25 57 .305 35.0 82
14 Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 42.0 82
15 New York Knicks 17 65 .207 43.0 82

Game logEdit

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

PlayoffsEdit

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

Player statisticsEdit

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

Summer LeagueEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Anthony Bennett 4 4 29.8 .426 .250 .600 7.8 0.8 0.8 0.0 13.3
Will Cherry 5 2 25.2 .251 .235 .714 4.0 3.0 0.2 0.0 12.8
Jack Cooley 5 4 16.0 .615 .000 .500 4.4 0.2 0.4 0.2 7.4
Matthew Dellavedova 3 3 32.0 .435 .273 .800 4.7 4.7 1.0 0.0 11.7
Shane Edwards 5 0 14.8 .647 .000 .824 3.6 0.4 0.6 1.2 7.2
Carrick Felix 5 1 14.2 .471 .444 .667 3.0 0.6 0.8 0.2 4.4
Jayson Granger 4 0 9.3 .364 .200 .000 1.3 1.0 0.2 0.0 2.3
Steven Gray 4 0 13.3 .375 .313 .600 1.3 1.5 0.2 0.0 6.5
Joe Harris 4 4 24.8 .391 .400 .818 1.5 1.5 0.5 0.2 7.8
Scotty Hopson 1 1 14.0 .500 .500 1.000 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 7.0
Sergey Karasev 1 1 34.0 .444 .500 .500 4.0 3.0 1.0 0.0 11.0
Alex Kirk 5 1 15.4 .524 .000 .667 3.4 0.4 0.6 0.4 5.2
Dwight Powell 3 1 11.3 .500 .000 1.000 3.7 0.7 0.3 0.3 5.0
Andrew Wiggins 4 4 30.0 .405 .154 .703 3.5 0.3 1.2 1.5 15.5
Totals 200 .469 .272 .725 35.8 12.0 5.8 3.6 84.6

PreseasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Lou Amundson 5 0 6.7 .300 .000 .000 2.6 0.0 0.2 0.2 1.2
Matthew Dellavedova 6 3 27.2 .433 .294 .000 3.0 4.33 0 67 0.0 5.17
Shane Edwards 5 0 6.5 .200 .000 1.000 1.4 0.2 0.2 0.0 1.0
Joe Harris 5 0 17.5 .364 .381 1.000 2.2 2.0 0.4 0.0 7.4
Brendan Haywood 3 1 10.2 .400 .000 1.000 2.33 0.33 0.33 1.00 3.67
Kyrie Irving 3 2 27.3 .538 .455 1.000 2.0 5.0 1.5 1.5 19.5
LeBron James 5 4 22.6 .486 .462 .750 3.25 4.75 0.5 0.25 14.25
James Jones 3 0 9.5 .500 .600 1.000 0.33 0.33 0.0 0.0 4.00
Alex Kirk 4 0 15.4 .412 .000 1.000 3.0 0.25 0.0 1.0 5.5
Kevin Love 5 4 21.8 .571 .588 .772 6.5 2.25 0.25 0.0 15.75
Shawn Marion 5 1 20.1 .333 .000 .750 4.75 0.75 0.75 0.5 5.00
Mike Miller 6 0 14.2 .263 .188 1.000 1.8 1.4 0.2 0.2 3.4
A. J. Price 5 0 13.5 .517 .421 .750 1.4 1.0 0.0 0.0 8.2
Tristan Thompson 5 2 25.1 .588 .000 .789 10.5 1.0 1.0 0.5 13.75
Anderson Varejao 5 3 20.9 .542 .000 .700 7.25 1.25 1.5 0.25 8.25
Dion Waiters 6 5 27.1 .426 .385 .800 2.8 2.6 0.2 0.6 15.2

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
LeBron James 69 69 36.1 .488 .354 .710 6.0 7.4 1.6 0.7 25.3
Kyrie Irving 75 75 36.4 .468 .415 .863 3.2 5.2 1.5 0.3 21.7
Kevin Love 75 75 33.8 .434 .367 .804 9.7 2.2 0.7 0.5 16.4
J. R. Smith 46 45 31.8 .425 .390 .818 3.5 2.5 1.4 0.4 12.7
Timofey Mozgov 46 45 25.0 .590 .000 .787 6.9 0.8 0.4 1.2 10.6
Dion Waiters 33 3 23.8 .404 .256 .783 1.7 2.2 1.3 0.3 10.5
Anderson Varejao 26 26 24.5 .555 .000 .733 6.5 1.3 1.1 0.6 9.8
Tristan Thompson 82 15 26.8 .547 .000 .641 8.0 0.5 0.4 0.7 8.5
Iman Shumpert 38 1 24.2 .410 .338 .667 3.8 1.5 1.3 0.3 7.2
Matthew Dellavedova 67 13 20.6 .362 .407 .763 1.9 3.0 0.4 0 4.8
Shawn Marion 57 24 19.3 .446 .261 .765 3.5 0.9 0.5 0.5 4.8
James Jones 57 2 11.7 .368 .360 .848 1.1 0.4 0.2 0.1 4.4
Joe Harris 51 1 9.7 .400 .369 .600 0.8 0.5 0.1 0 2.7
Kendrick Perkins 17 0 9.8 .488 .000 .500 2.4 0.5 0.1 0.2 2.6
Mike Miller 52 15 13.5 .325 .327 .750 1.8 0.9 0.3 0.1 2.1
A.J. Price 11 0 7.9 .265 .000 .667 1.4 1.2 0.3 0 2.0
Will Cherry 8 0 8.6 .263 .222 .500 0.6 1.0 0.8 0.1 1.9
Brendan Haywood 22 1 5.4 .467 .000 .538 1.3 0.1 0.1 0.5 1.6
Lou Amundson 12 0 6.6 .333 .000 .600 1.7 0.4 0.1 0 0.9
Alex Kirk 5 0 2.8 .250 .000 1.000 0.2 0.2 0 0 0.8

RecordsEdit

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