The Cleveland Cavaliers have been a volatile team throughout much of its history. Still, the squad has appeared in the playoffs 18 times and gave it their all at the conference finals during the 1976, 1992, 2007 and 2009 seasons. They also finally made it to the big dance in 2007 only to fall to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
While much of the Cavaliers' early success rode on the backs of aging veterans and young talent to reach the playoffs in the late '70s and early '80s, it wasn't until the team drafted high school phenom LeBron James that they really began to make noise in the NBA postseason. After being overtaken in the second round to the Detroit Pistons in the 2005-06 season, the Cavaliers made it to the NBA Finals during the 2006-07 season. However, they were overwhelmed by the San Antonio Spurs in a series sweep.
After a down year in the 2007-2008 season, the Cavs posted the best record in the NBA during the 2008-09 season and entered the playoffs as the number 1 seed. After making quick work of the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, the Cavs fell to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. The team signed star center Shaquille O'Neal before the 2009-10 season and returned to the playoffs once again. It was then that the club ran into the "Big Three" of the Boston Celtics and lost in five games, but they are likely looking forward to making some noise in the paint and extending their postseason run next year.
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