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.