2006–07 Cleveland Cavaliers season
|2006–07 Cleveland Cavaliers season|
|Eastern Conference Champions|
|Head coach||Mike Brown|
|Arena||Quicken Loans Arena|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||Lost in NBA Finals to San Antonio Spurs (0-4)|
|Television||FSN Ohio · WUAB|
|< 2005–06||2007–08 >|
The 2006-07 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 37th season of NBA basketball in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers finished the season with a 50–32 record, a second place finish in the Central Division, and the champions of the Eastern Conference. LeBron James was the team's leading scorer and finished in 2nd place in league MVP voting.
- On June 28, the 2006 NBA Draft took place in New York City, New York.
- In July, the free agency period began.
- On October 10, the Cavaliers' preseason began with a 93–109 loss to the Boston Celtics.
- On November 1, the Cavaliers' regular season began with a 97–94 win over the Washington Wizards.
- On March 27, the Cavaliers clinched a playoff berth.
- On June 2, the Cavaliers won their first ever Eastern Conference championship.
- On June 14, the Cavaliers' season ended in an NBA Finals sweep to the San Antonio Spurs.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Draft picks
- 3 Roster
- 4 Pre season
- 5 Regular season
- 6 Player stats
- 7 Awards and records
- 8 Transactions
- 9 Playoffs
- 10 References
- 11 External links
|August 18, 2008
||To Cleveland Cavaliers
|To Chicago Bulls
|October 13, 2008
||To Cleveland Cavaliers
|To Boston Celtics
Luke Jackson and cash considerations
|1||25||Shannon Brown||Guard||United States||Michigan State|
|2||42*||Daniel Gibson||Guard||United States||Texas|
|2||55||Ejike Ugboaja||Forward||Nigeria||Union Bank Lagos (Nigeria)|
Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Regular depth chart
|C||Žydrūnas Ilgauskas||Anderson Varejão||Scot Pollard|
|PF||Drew Gooden||Donyell Marshall||Dwayne Jones|
|SF||LeBron James||Ira Newble||David Wesley (PG)left team|
|SG||Sasha Pavlović||Daniel Gibson||Shannon Brown|
|PG||Larry Hughes||Damon Jones||Eric Snow|
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|6||x-New Jersey Nets||41||41||.500||12|
|11||New York Knicks||33||49||.402||20|
Record: 9-6; Home: 7-2; Away: 2-4
|1||November 1||Washington||97–94||Cleveland||NA||Larry Hughes (27)||20,562||1–0|
|2||November 3||Cleveland||88–81||San Antonio||NA||LeBron James (35)||18,797||2–0|
|3||November 4||Cleveland||88–92||Charlotte||NA||Drew Gooden (21)||19,147||2–1|
|4||November 7||Atlanta||95–104||Cleveland||1||LeBron James(34)||20,562||2–2|
|5||November 9||Chicago||113–94||Cleveland||NA||Drew Gooden (20)||19,947||3–2|
|6||November 11||Boston||94–93||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (38)||20,562||4–2|
|7||November 13||Cleveland||102–96||New York||NA||James, D.Jones (29)||18,468||5–2|
|8||November 15||Portland||100–87||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (32)||20,096||6–2|
|9||November 17||Minnesota||92–76||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (37)||20,562||7–2|
|10||November 18||Cleveland||99–111||Washington||NA||LeBron James (20)||20,173||7–3|
|11||November 21||Memphis||97–94||Cleveland||NA||Drew Gooden (22)||20–562||8–3|
|12||November 22||Cleveland||87–95||Toronto||NA||LeBron James (30)||19,800||8–4|
|13||November 24||Cleveland||87–97||Indiana||NA||LeBron James (30)||18,165||8–5|
|14||November 25||Philadelphia||108–95||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (25)||20,562||9–5|
|15||November 29||New York||98–101||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (27)||20,192||9–6|
Record: 8–6; Home: 6–1; Road: 2–5
|16||December 1||Cleveland||106–95||Atlanta||NA||LeBron James (31)||19,650||10–6|
|17||December 2||Cleveland||63–81||Houston||NA||LeBron James (21)||18,260||10–7|
|18||December 6||Toronto||95–91||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (26)||20,119||11–7|
|19||December 9||Indiana||107–75||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (27)||20,562||12–7|
|20||December 11||Cleveland||89–95||NO/OK City||NA||Anderson Varejão (17)||19,164||12–8|
|21||December 13||Charlotte||104–101||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (22)||20,562||13–8|
|22||December 15||Seattle||106–84||Cleveland||NA||Larry Hughes (25)||20,562||14–8|
|23||December 16||Cleveland||74–81||Orlando||NA||LeBron James (29)||17,451||14–9|
|24||December 20||Cleveland||111–113||New Jersey||NA||LeBron James (37)||17,270||14–10|
|25||December 21||Detroit||71–87||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (26)||20,562||14–11|
|26||December 23||Orlando||86–83||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (32)||20–562||15–11|
|27||December 27||Cleveland||89–76||Atlanta||NA||LeBron James (27)||19,467||16–11|
|28||December 29||Milwaukee||109–99||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (32)||20,562||17–11|
|29||December 30||Cleveland||96–103||Chicago||NA||LeBron James (33)||22,965||17–12|
Record: 9–7; Home: 3–3; Road: 6–4
|30||January 2||San Antonio||82–78||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (19)||20,214||18–12|
|31||January 3||Cleveland||107–104||Boston||NA||LeBron James (32)||18,624||19–12|
|32||January 5||Cleveland||95–86||Milwaukee||NA||Drew Gooden (31)||18,717||20–12|
|33||January 6||New Jersey||96–91||Cleveland||NA||Hughes, Gooden (21)||20,562||21–12|
|34||January 9||Cleveland||108–98||Sacramento||NA||LeBron James (34)||17,317||22–12|
|35||January 11||Cleveland||90–109||Phoenix||NA||LeBron James (34)||18,422||22–13|
|36||January 13||Cleveland||104–92||LA Clippers||NA||LeBron James (28)||20,027||23–13|
|37||January 16||Cleveland||96–101||Seattle||NA||LeBron James (30)||15,619||23–14|
|38||January 17||Cleveland||76–94||Portland||NA||LeBron James (23)||19,228||23–15|
|39||January 19||Cleveland||99–110||Denver||NA||LeBron James (30)||19,155||23–16|
|40||January 20||Cleveland||106–104||Golden State||1||LeBron James (32)||19,864||24–16|
|41||January 22||Orlando||79–90||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (18)||20,562||24–17|
|42||January 24||Philadelphia||115–118||Cleveland||2||LeBron James (39)||20,562||24–18|
|43||January 26||Cleveland||105–97||Philadelphia||NA||Drew Gooden (21)||19,523||25–18|
|44||January 28||Phoenix||100–115||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (30)||20,562||25–19|
|45||January 30||Golden State||124–97||Cleveland||NA||Sasha Pavlović (24)||19,443||26–19|
Record: 7–5; Home: 5–2; Road: 2–3
|46||February 1||Cleveland||89–92||Miami||NA||Daniel Gibson (19)||20,125||26–20|
|47||February 2||Charlotte||101–81||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (18)||20,562||27–20|
|48||February 4||Detroit||78–90||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (21)||20,140||27–21|
|49||February 7||LA Clippers||94–77||Cleveland||NA||Zydrunas Ilgauskas (16)||20,129||28–21|
|50||February 9||Miami||103–79||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (29)||20,562||29–21|
|51||February 11||LA Lakers||99–90||Cleveland||NA||Sasha Pavlović(21)||20,562||30–21|
|52||February 14||Cleveland||98–99||Utah||NA||Larry Hughes(33)||19,911||30–22|
|53||February 15||Cleveland||114–108||LA Lakers||NA||LeBron James (38)||18,997||31–22|
|54||February 21||Cleveland||86–85||Toronto||NA||LeBron James (29)||19,800||32–22|
|55||February 22||Chicago||78–84||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (29)||20,562||32–23|
|56||February 25||Cleveland||81–86||Miami||NA||LeBron James (29)||20,225||32–24|
|57||February 27||NO/OK City||97–89||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (35)||19,619||33–24|
Record: 11–5; Home: 6–2; Road: 5–3
|58||March 1||Cleveland||92–95||Dallas||NA||LeBron James (39)||20,428||33–25|
|59||March 3||Toronto||120–97||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (36)||20,562||34–25|
|60||March 5||Houston||91–85||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (32)||20,562||35–25|
|61||March 7||Cleveland||101–97||Detroit||1||LeBron James (41)||22,076||36–25|
|62||March 10||Cleveland||94–92||Milwaukee||NA||LeBron James (32)||18,081||37–25|
|63||March 11||Indiana||99–88||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (26)||20,562||38–25|
|64||March 13||Sacramento||124–100||Cleveland||NA||Hughes, Pavlović (25)||20,562||39–25|
|65||March 14||Cleveland||118–96||Memphis||NA||LeBron James (29)||14,561||40–25|
|66||March 17||Utah||82–73||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (24)||20,562||41–25|
|67||March 20||Cleveland||100–108||Charlotte||1||LeBron James (37)||17,043||41–26|
|68||March 21||Dallas||90–98||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (31)||20,562||41–27|
|69||March 23||New York||90–68||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (21)||20,562||42–27|
|70||March 25||Denver||93–105||Cleveland||NA||James, Ilgauskas (18)||20,562||42–28|
|71||March 27||Cleveland||105–94||Indiana||NA||LeBron James (26)||14,024||43–28|
|72||March 28||Cleveland||93–97||New York||NA||LeBron James (24)||19,763||43–29|
|73||March 31||Cleveland||112–108||Chicago||1||LeBron James (39)||22,960||44–29|
Record: 6–3; Home: 3–1; Road: 3–2
|74||April 1||Cleveland||96–98||Boston||NA||Larry Hughes (24)||17,204||44–30|
|75||April 3||Cleveland||101–88||Minnesota||NA||LeBron James (31)||16,118||45–31|
|76||April 5||Miami||90–94||Cleveland||1||LeBron James (35)||20,562||45–31|
|77||April 6||Cleveland||99–94||Washington||NA||LeBron James (25)||20,173||46–31|
|78||April 8||Cleveland||82–87||Detroit||NA||LeBron James (20)||22,076||46–32|
|79||April 12||New Jersey||94–76||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (35)||20,562||47–32|
|80||April 14||Atlanta||110–76||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (23)||20,562||48–32|
|81||April 17||Cleveland||98–92||Philadelphia||NA||Larry Hughes (22)||17,693||49–32|
|82||April 18||Milwaukee||109–96||Cleveland||NA||LeBron James (24)||20,562||50–32|
Note: GP= Games played; GS = Games started; MIN= Minutes; FG% = field goal %, FT% = free throw %, 3FG% = 3 point % STL= Steals; BLK = Blocks; AST = Assists; REB = Rebounds; PTS = Points
Awards and records
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from November 13 through November 19.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 5 through March 11.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of March, the fifth time he has won the award.
- After the season, LeBron James was named to the All-NBA second team as a forward.
- On November 25, Zydrunas Ilgauskas tied a franchise record for offensive rebounds in a half (10) and in a game (12) in the Cavs' 108–95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
- On December 6, Zydrunas Ilgauskas became the all-time offensive rebound leader in Cavs history in a 95–91 win over the Toronto Raptors.
- In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James set or tied franchise playoff records for: points in a game (48), points in overtime (9), field goals made and attempted in a game (18, 33) and field goals made in overtime (4).
- In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Daniel Gibson set or tied franchise playoff records for: points in a quarter (19), points in a half (25), rookie points in a game (31) and three pointers in a half (5).
- With his 19th playoff win, coach Mike Brown set the franchise record for playoff victories.
- On December 23, LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 7,000 career points (21 years, 359 days).
- In the 2006-07 season, the Cavaliers swept all four California teams for the first time in team history (Golden State, Sacramento, LA Lakers, LA Clippers)
- On March 14, LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 8,000 career points (22 years, 74 days).
- On April 6, LeBron James became the 2nd faster player to record 8,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 2,000 assists in a career. LeBron did it in 311 games while it took Oscar Robertson 269 games and Michael Jordan 339.
- On April 14, the Cavaliers played the 3,000th game in franchise history
- LeBron James led all players in votes received and was voted in as a starter for the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. His 2,516,049 votes were the second most in NBA history. He became the first player in team history to lead the league in votes.
- LeBron James led the Eastern Conference All-Stars with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the 132–153 loss.
- Damon Jones participated in the Three Point Contest and finished in 5th place.
- LeBron James participated in the Skills Challenge and finished in 3rd place.
The Cavaliers did not make a trade during the 2006-07 NBA season.
The Cavaliers did not sign any free agents during the 2006-07 NBA season.
- On March 2, Shannon Brown was assigned to the NBDL's Albuquerque Thunderbirds.
- On March 3, Shannon Brown was recalled from the Thunderbirds.
- On March 23, Dwayne Jones was assigned to the Thunderbirds.
- On March 27, Dwayne Jones was recalled from the Thunderbirds.
(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (7) Washington Wizards
|Cleveland Cavaliers 97, Washington Wizards 90|
|Cleveland wins series, 4–0|
A rematch of the previous year's first round series was spoiled when Wizards star Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler were both forced out of the playoffs due to injuries received in the later parts of the regular season. Without Arenas and Butler, the Wizards found themselves unable to stop LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers from sweeping them out of the playoffs. It was Cleveland's first playoff sweep in franchise history.
(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (6) New Jersey Nets
|Cleveland Cavaliers 85, New Jersey Nets 96|
|Cleveland Cavaliers 88, New Jersey Nets 72|
|Cleveland wins series, 4–2|
The Cavaliers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1992, while the Nets have lost in the Conference Semifinals in three out of the last four years.
Conference Finals: (1) Detroit Pistons vs. (2) Cleveland Cavaliers
|Cleveland Cavaliers 109, Detroit Pistons 107 (2OT)|
|Detroit Pistons 82, Cleveland Cavaliers 98|
|Cleveland wins series, 4–2|
In a rematch of last year's thrilling second-round series, the Pistons and the Cavaliers matched up in perhaps one of the closest contested series in NBA history, with the first five games being decided by 6 points or less. The spotlight of the series fell on Cleveland's LeBron James. Despite gaining some momentum in the opening games of the series against the experienced Pistons, key last-second decisions by James led to Cleveland losses in Games 1 and 2 in Detroit, by identical scores where Cleveland led for most of the two games. They faced a 0–2 deficit for the second straight year but would easily remember from the year before they could win three straight games to get back into the series.
With media circles on his back for his complacency in these games (James had a playoff career low 10 points in Game 1), LeBron came back to will the Cavs to close victories in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland, evening the series at 2. The series shifted back to Detroit for a Game 5 that proved to be one of the most memorable postseason games in recent NBA history. In a match that went into double overtime, the Cavaliers stunned the Pistons on their home court, thanks to LeBron James' playoff career-high 48 point performance. James scored the Cavaliers' final 25 points of the game, including all 18 points in overtime making it two straight two-point wins at the Palace in Game 5.
This time around the heavily favored Cavaliers took advantage of their home court in 2007 and exploded in Game 6 to close out the Pistons once and for all, and to clinch the franchise's first trip to the NBA Finals. Rookie Daniel Gibson scored his career high 31 points including five three pointers to lift the Cavs in the second half behind a roaring home crowd.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers entered the 2007 Finals as newcomers. Game 1 was the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, and the first for each of its players (other than reserve point guard Eric Snow). However, the San Antonio Spurs had been to the Finals in three of the past eight seasons, winning a championship each time. With solid performances by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginóbili, the Spurs won the series opener in convincing fashion, limiting LeBron James to 14 points on 4–16 shooting.
9:00 p.m. ET
|Cleveland Cavaliers 76, San Antonio Spurs 85|
|Scoring by quarter: 15–20, 20–20, 14–24, 27–21|
|Pts: Gibson 16, James 14
Rebs: James 7, Ilgauskas 6
Asts: James, Gibson 4 each
TOs: LeBron James 6
|Pts: Parker 27, Duncan 24
Rebs: Duncan 13, Ginóbili 8
Asts: Tony Parker 7
Blks: Tim Duncan 5
The Spurs took a stranglehold on momentum in Game 2. The Spurs big three overwhelmed the Cavs and the Spurs led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter. They absolutely dominated game during first 3 quarters and played show-time basketball. A furious 25–6 rally by Cleveland in the final quarter wasn't enough as the Spurs took a 2–0 lead in the series.
9:00 p.m. ET
|Cleveland Cavaliers 92, San Antonio Spurs 103|
|Scoring by quarter: 17–28, 16–30, 29–31, 30–14|
|Pts: LeBron James 25
Rebs: Anderson Varejão 10
Asts: LeBron James 6
TOs: LeBron James 6
|Pts: Tony Parker 30
Rebs: Duncan, Horry 9 each
Asts: Tim Duncan 8
Blks: Robert Horry 5
Rookie Daniel Gibson started Game 3 in place of the injured Larry Hughes but scored a series-low 2 points on 1–10 shooting. As a team the Cavs shot only .367 but out-rebounded the Spurs 48–41. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had a 2006-07 season high 18 rebounds. On the game's final play, LeBron James missed a potential game-tying 29 foot 3-pointer (which he contested as a foul on Bruce Bowen).
9:00 p.m. ET
|San Antonio Spurs 75, Cleveland Cavaliers 72|
|Scoring by quarter: 16–18, 24–20, 15–12, 20–22|
|Pts: Tony Parker 17
Rebs: Duncan, Bowen 9 each
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 5
Stls: Michael Finley 4
|Pts: LeBron James 25
Rebs: Ilgauskas 18, Gooden 12
Asts: LeBron James 7
TOs: LeBron James 5
San Antonio started out strong through the first three quarters, leading by as many as 11. Cleveland would stage a rally near the end of the third quarter and the first five minutes of the fourth, scoring 14 consecutive points to take its first second-half lead of the series. However, the Spurs would stage a 12–3 rally of their own to retake the lead and win the series in a 4–0 sweep.
9:00 p.m. ET
|San Antonio Spurs 83, Cleveland Cavaliers 82|
|Scoring by quarter: 19–20, 20–14, 21–18, 22–27|
|Pts: Manu Ginóbili 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 5
TOs: Tim Duncan 6
|Pts: LeBron James 24
Rebs: Ilgauskas 13, Gooden 11
Asts: LeBron James 10
TOs: LeBron James 6
|San Antonio wins series 4–0|
- Conditional 2nd round pick traded to Philadelphia for Lee Nailon and a 2006 2nd round pick http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2006/02/23/nailon_76ers_trade060223.html
- ESPN.com Recap: Nets VS. Celtics, April 20, 2005
- ESPN.com Recap: Cavaliers VS. Raptors, April 20, 2005
- Cleveland Cavaliers on Database Basketball
- Cleveland Cavaliers on Basketball Reference
- 2006-07 Season Media Guide
- Media related to 2006–07 Cleveland Cavaliers season at Wikimedia Commons
- 2006-07 Cavaliers Tribute on YouTube