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NBA Preseason: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks Recap

The defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Dallas Mavericks last night at the Quicken Loans Arena, and finally notched a victory in the win column for the 2015 preseason. Sure, preseason games don’t really count; often deemed unnecessary entertainment shows for the fans, but to go an entire preseason schedule without a single victory would not generate much locker room enthusiasm.

Most knowledgeable fans are well aware that Cleveland has been taking the court with the best player on the planet sitting in street clothes, or donning a warm up jacket with no intention whatsoever of taking it off except to shower after the game. LeBron James has been relegated to rest in preparation for the long and arduous 82 game NBA regular season that begins next week. This seventh preseason game for Cleveland was different, as James was not even listed on the game box score.

But, for the first time all preseason the rest of the Cavalier supporting cast did their part. The 5 starters all hit double-digit point totals, and Cleveland as a team out rebounded Dallas, threw away 7 less turnovers, in addition to committing 7 fewer personal fouls.

Even without the best player in the world, Cleveland put on an encouraging team performance for their fans, fans who hope their beloved Cavs can return to the NBA finals, finally to bring back a professional championship to the title starved town of Cleveland, Ohio. With that first win of albeit, an unimportant preseason slate of exhibition games, many Cavalier fans had to breath a heavy sigh of relief.

NBA Preseason: Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Recap

For the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, no LeBron James equals little or no offense. With James now sitting out for the rest of the exhibition schedule, the Cavs were sent to their 6 defeat of the preseason in as many tries.

The Toronto Raptors, last years top team in the East after the regular season, looked impressive in dismantling last years NBA finals representative, albeit minus maybe the greatest player on the planet.

The Raptors spread the scoring around, with only two players scoring in double-digits, but 5 netting within 2-points of scoring 10 on the evening. Neither team shot the ball poorly, but there was just a sense of lethargy that surround the game as each approach the regular season opener in just over a week with hopes of a title run.

NBA Preseason: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Recap

Last year's Eastern Conference champions remained winless in the preseason, as a lineup of Cavaliers reserves got blown out by the Pacers Friday night. LeBron James and most of the Cavs' starters were on the bench while their backups managed just 38 points in the first half. Cleveland was outrebounded 48-34 and fell to 0-5 in the preseason. Paul George scored 17 points to lead the Pacers, though he shot just 5-of-16 for the night. Ian Mahinmi was much more efficient, scoring 16 on 6-of-9 shooting. Center Timofey Mozgov led the Cavs with 16 points and Richard Jefferson added 14. J.R. Smith, the only Cleveland regular to play other than Mozgov, had 10 points in 24 minutes.
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Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-2015 Schedule, Score, Roster, Rumors, Seating Charts

Cleveland Cavaliers Schedule in 2014 - 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers open the season with a back-to-back on Oct 30 and Oct 31. The open at home against the New York Knicks before traveling to face the division rival Chicago Bulls the next night. The open with 5 of seven overall on the road that includes another back-to-back on Nov 4 and 5. They then play 9 of their next 11 games at home which include a home date with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. The schedule balances out heading into December. This month is highlighted by a marquee matchup against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day in Miami. Jan 9 kicks off a 5 game road trip against all 5 pacific division teams that starts in Oakland against the Warriors and concludes with a back-to-back in Los Angeles against the Lakers and Clippers on Jan 15 and 16. The Cavaliers then play 8 of their next at home, highlighted by visits by the Bulls and Thunder. Coming out of the All-star break on February 20, the Cavaliers play a tough stretch of 10 of 14 on the road that includes 4 sets of back-to-backs and conclude on March 15 at Orlando and March 16 at Miami. The schedule is pretty balanced going into the end of the season and they wrap up the season with 3 out of 4 at home.

Cleveland Cavaliers Roster

The Cavaliers have an entirely new team this season thanks to two major acquisitions. The first is the return of 4-time MVP, 2-time Finals MVP, and former Cavalier, Lebron James as a free agent. The second is the acquiring of 2 time All-star power forward Kevin Love. This is in addition to the resigning of All-star point guard Kyrie Irving to a long term deal. Former #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and current #1 overall selection Andrew Wiggins were traded away for Love. The team also traded away point guard Jarrett Jack for salary cap flexibility. Veteran swing men James Jones, Mike Miller, and Shawn Marion were also added in free agency. Dion Waiter, Tristan Thompson, and Anderson Varejao return as regulars from last years rotation. John Lucas III, Matthew Dellavedova, and Brendan Haywood round out the roster. Head Coach David Blatt enters his first year as an NBA head coach after several years coaching overseas.

Cleveland Cavaliers Fan Experience

The Cavaliers play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena, also known as The Q. The arena is located in downtown Cleveland and the Cavaliers are the only team from the 4 major sports leagues in the U.S. that plays there. It opened in 1994 and was apart of the Gateway Project with Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field) to revitalize downtown Cleveland. The Q is also home to the Mid Athletic Conference (MAC) men's and women's basketball tournaments. The Arena was renovated in 2005 by Dan Gilbert, the current majority owner of the Cavaliers, who had jus purchased the franchise in March of that year.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trivia

The Cleveland Cavaliers have experienced an amazing amount of luck in the NBA draft lottery in recent years. Since 2011 they have won the draft lottery 3 times, acquiring three #1 overall picks. The odds of winning the lottery that much in such a short period of time are astronomical. Those picks allowed them to draft Kyrie Irving and trade for Kevin Love.

Cleveland Cavaliers History

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still in search of the illusive first championship for the franchise. They started out as an expansion team in Cleveland in 1970, and have remained in the city to this day. The team has had some success throughout it's history overall, with 18 playoff appearances, but has endured some harsh times as well. The team made the playoffs a handful of times during the 70s, but during the early 80s they suffered under the chaotic ownership of Ted Stepien. The team was rescued from Stepien by the Gund brothers in 1983. The team had a resurgence in the late 80s led by Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, and Ron Harper. The made the playoffs during 8 of 9 seasons starting in 1986, but suffered some crushing defeats in playoffs. Most notable was the shot Michael Jordan hit over Craig Ehlo in 1989. Staring in 1993 and until 2003 the team was mired in struggles and mediocrity for a decade. That all ended with the drafting of future Hall-of-Famer and Ohio Native Lebron James. Lebron lead the Cavs back to contender status as they made the playoffs every year from 2005 to 2010. The Cavs made their only finals appearance in 2007, a sweep at the hands of the Spurs. James won 2 MVPs during his tenure before abruptly leaving in Free Agency in 2010 for the Miami Heat. This sent the team into another nose-dive as they failed to make the playoffs for the next four years. This offseason hope has returned with the return of Lebron and the trading for Kevin Love. The Cavaliers have returned to the hunt for that first franchise championship.

Cleveland Cavaliers Fan Info

The Cleveland fans are loyal fans as well as long suffering fans. The cavaliers have never won a title in their history and the city of Cleveland has not won a major sports championship since 1964. These are starved for a title. They welcomed back prodigal son Lebron James with open arms because they want him to bring home a title. These fans feel it is championship or bust now. They have waited long enough and suffered long enough. They want to give the crushing and agonizing defeats to someone else now. They are hungry for a winner and if they get one, they're ready to explode.