2007–08 Cleveland Cavaliers season

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2007–08 Cleveland Cavaliers season
Head coach Mike Brown
Arena Quicken Loans Arena
Results
Record 45–37 (.549)
Place Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Semifinals
(eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Ohio, WUAB
Radio WTAM
< 2006–07 2008–09 >

The 2007-08 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 38th season of NBA basketball in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers were the defending Eastern Conference champions.

Key dates:

Draft picks[edit]

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

Roster[edit]

Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
C 41 United States Allred, Lance 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Weber State
SG 33 United States Brown, Devin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Texas-San Antonio
PG 1 United States Gibson, Daniel 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Texas
C 11 Lithuania Ilgauskas, Žydrūnas 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Lithuania
SF 23 United States James, LeBron (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) St. Vincent - St. Mary High School
PG 19 United States Jones, Damon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Houston
C 27 United States Jones, Dwayne 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 251 lb (114 kg) Saint Joseph's
G/F 3 Serbia Pavlović, Sasha 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Serbia
PF 32 United States Smith, Joe 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Maryland
PG 20 United States Snow, Eric Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Michigan State
G/F 10 United States Szczerbiak, Wally 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Miami (OH)
G 12 United States Thomas, Billy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Kansas
F/C 17 Brazil Varejão, Anderson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Brazil
F/C 4 United States Wallace, Ben 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Virginia Union
PG 13 United States 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 Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2008-02-15

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
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 Injured

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT Home Road GB
Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720 33–7 25–16
Cleveland Cavaliers 45 37 .549 27–14 17–23 14
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 21–20 15–25 23
Chicago Bulls 33 49 .402 20–21 12–28 26
Milwaukee Bucks 26 56 .317 19–21 7–34 33

Game log[edit]

December[edit]

Record: 5–9 ; Home: 4–3 ; Road: 1–6

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
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

January[edit]

Record: 11–3 ; Home: 5–1 ; Road: 6–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
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

February[edit]

Record: 8–6; Home: 5–3 ; Road: 3–3

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
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

March[edit]

Record: 8–7; Home: 7–1 ; Road: 1–6

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
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

April[edit]

Record: 4–4 ; Home: 2–3; Road: 2–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
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.

Playoffs[edit]

2008 playoff game log
2008 playoff schedule

Player stats[edit]

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 season[edit]

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 74 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

Playoffs[edit]

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 milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • 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-Star[edit]

  • 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.

Transactions[edit]

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

Trades[edit]

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 Agents[edit]

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 also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 2007 1st round pick traded to Boston for Jiri Welsch http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1998808
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ James and Parker Earn Weekly Honors, NBA.com, November 26, 2007.
  5. ^ LeBron James Named NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week - NBA.com.
  6. ^ Yao Ming, LeBron James Named Players of the Month, NBA.com, February 1, 2008.
  7. ^ Mike Brown, Byron Scott Named Coaches of the Month, NBA.com, February 1, 2008.
  8. ^ LeBron James Named NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week - NBA.com.
  9. ^ Kobe Bryant, LeBron James Named Players of the Month, NBA.com, March 3, 2008.
  10. ^ LeBron Reaches 9,000 in Cavs' Victory Over Bucks, Associated Press, December 17, 2007.
  11. ^ LeBron Makes History in Boston "D" Party

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