2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers season

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2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers season
Conference Champions
Division Champions
Head coach David Blatt
General manager David Griffin
Owner(s) Dan Gilbert
Arena Quicken Loans Arena
Results
Record 53–29 (.646)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Lost to Warriors 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Ohio · WUAB
Radio WTAM · WMMS
< 2013–14 2015–16 >

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 until deep in the NBA Playoffs, eventually making it to the NBA Finals, their second appearance since 2007. The Cavaliers' season ended with a 2–4 series loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

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

Preseason[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

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 log[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

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

Player statistics[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
Sabremetrics
 TS%  True shooting percentage eFG% Effective field goal percentage ORB% Offensive rebound percentage
DRB% Defensive rebound percentage TRB% Total rebound percentage AST% Assist percentage
STL% Steal percentage BLK% Block percentage TOV% Turnover percentage
USG% Usage percentage ORtg Offensive rating DRtg Defensive rating
 PER  Player efficiency rating

Summer League[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bennett, AnthonyAnthony Bennett 4 4 29.8 .426 .250 .600 7.8 0.8 0.8 0.0 13.3
Cherry, WillWill Cherry 5 2 25.2 .251 .235 .714 4.0 3.0 0.2 0.0 12.8
Cooley, JackJack Cooley 5 4 16.0 .615 .000 .500 4.4 0.2 0.4 0.2 7.4
Dellavedova, MatthewMatthew Dellavedova 3 3 32.0 .435 .273 .800 4.7 4.7 1.0 0.0 11.7
Edwards, ShaneShane Edwards 5 0 14.8 .647 .000 .824 3.6 0.4 0.6 1.2 7.2
Felix, CarrickCarrick Felix 5 1 14.2 .471 .444 .667 3.0 0.6 0.8 0.2 4.4
Granger, JaysonJayson Granger 4 0 9.3 .364 .200 .000 1.3 1.0 0.2 0.0 2.3
Gray, StevenSteven Gray 4 0 13.3 .375 .313 .600 1.3 1.5 0.2 0.0 6.5
Harris, JoeJoe Harris 4 4 24.8 .391 .400 .818 1.5 1.5 0.5 0.2 7.8
Hopson, ScottyScotty Hopson 1 1 14.0 .500 .500 1.000 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 7.0
Karasev, SergeySergey Karasev 1 1 34.0 .444 .500 .500 4.0 3.0 1.0 0.0 11.0
Kirk, AlexAlex Kirk 5 1 15.4 .524 .000 .667 3.4 0.4 0.6 0.4 5.2
Powell, DwightDwight Powell 3 1 11.3 .500 .000 1.000 3.7 0.7 0.3 0.3 5.0
Wiggins, AndrewAndrew 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

Preseason[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

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

Roster[edit]

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 Injured

RosterTransactions

Records[edit]

  • On March 12, Kyrie Irving set a Cavaliers franchise record with 57 points in an overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs. It was also the first time in Gregg Popovich's coaching career that an opposing player has scored 50 points against his team.
  • On May 24, LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to put up 37+ points, 18+ rebounds, and 13+ assists in a playoff game. He achieved the feat in an overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
  • On May 26, LeBron James and James Jones became the first players to reach five consecutive NBA Finals since several Boston Celtics accomplished the feat in 1966. James and Jones are the first to do so with two different teams (also with the Miami Heat).

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