The Cavaliers joined the NBA for the 1970-71 season, but struggled mightily in the franchise’s early seasons. The Cavs won no more than 32 games in any of the team’s first four seasons, and didn’t make the playoffs until the 1975-76 season. After a three-year stretch with a winning record, futility overcame the Cavaliers again, leading to a nine-year stretch with sub-.500 marks. Under two of the best coaches in NBA history—Lenny Wilkens and Mike Fratello—Cleveland was highly successful in the late 1980s and 1990s. The Cavaliers made the playoffs nine times in an 11-year span, but were never able to secure the franchise’s first NBA title. After that golden era, Cleveland fell back to the bottom of the NBA before selecting a high school small forward with the first pick in the 2003 NBA Draft—LeBron James. James led the Cavs to the Eastern Conference Finals once and the NBA Finals another time, but again Cleveland couldn’t win a championship. Now, the Cavaliers are set to embark on another stretch of winning on the back of another first overall pick, point guard Kyrie Irving. Cleveland has retired the numbers of six players in the franchise’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Cleveland Cavaliers basketball tickets.
2013 Cavaliers Season Preview
Lots of comings and goings in Cleveland, starting with #1 pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett. The 6’8 forward from UNLV can both score and rebound, and along with Andrew Bynum and Tristan Thompson, could be a formidable front court. One thing to look for: Thompson switched what hand he shoots with in the offseason, so it will be interesting to monitor what his shooting percentage is this season.
Cleveland will kick off their season in Charlotte before a home opener at Quicken Loans Arena on Nov. 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Other key home games will be vs. the defending champion Miami Heat on Nov. 27, vs. the Clippers on Dec. 7, and against a Bulls team with Derrick Rose on Jan. 22.
Check out our Cleveland Cavaliers Season Preview History page for previews of previous Cav's seasons.
Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball at Quicken Loans Arena Address: 1 Center Ct, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115
The Cavaliers play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena, located in Cleveland, Ohio. When filled to capacity, “The Q” holds about 20,500 screaming Cavs fans. Quicken Loans Arena is one of the best venues to watch basketball in due to the number of seats in the lower bowl, the many video monitors around the stadium and other state-of-the-art technological advancements. The Cleveland Cavaliers home bench is on the Quicken Loans Arena base line in front of sections 126-127. Quicken Loans Arena parking information is covered in our Cavaliers event guide.
Cavaliers vs. Wizards
The hatred between these two teams extends beyond the basketball court. Trash-talk has been common practice between the players which has only heightened the rivalry. The Cavs and Wizards met each other in the playoffs three straight seasons and have faced each other more times than they have any other team in the NBA in the last 7+ seasons.
Cavaliers vs. Pistons
This rivalry peaked in the mid-2000s when both teams often faced each other in the playoffs. With the two teams meeting with the stakes at its highest, it is only natural for this to be a rivalry. These two teams have met over 200 total times throughout the years in games that are often close and always hard fought.
Cavaliers vs. Bulls
There have been epic games between these two teams, dating back to the late 1980s. The game that sticks out the most in the history of this matchup is "The Shot" in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first round in 1989. Michael Jordan's game winning shot with less than 15 seconds left that broke the hearts of Cleveland fans everywhere. This rivalry picked up again in the late 2000s when LeBron James and the up and coming Derrick Rose faced off.
Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Cavaliers established themselves as one of the more successful franchises in the mid-1980s to early 1990s. The Cavs were consistently fighting for an Eastern Conference championship. Cleveland had an uprising in the mid-2000s with LeBron James leading the franchise. The Cavaliers won the 2007 Eastern Conference Championship and have multiple division titles throughout the years that will only increase in future years.
Cleveland Cavaliers Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff for a Cavaliers game?
Doors typically open to the general public about 90 minutes before game time. Getting there early to see the pre-game shoot around is always worth it, but be aware that there is no re-entry into Quicken Loans Arena so be prepared to stay the duration of the game once you enter.
Where are some good places to eat before a Cavs game?
If you are looking to go to a sports bar before the game try the Thirsty Parrot or Winking Lizard. Both are within walking distance of Quicken Loans Arena, and are packed with die hard Cleveland sports fans. For a more sophisticated dining experience try Hodge’s. It has a great menu and is perfect for foodies. One of the more unique experiences in the Cleveland dining scene is Hoopples which touts great bar food and a view of the river. Other good options are Alesci’s and Clevelanders Sports Bar and Grill.
Where is the best place to park at Quicken Loans Arena?
Just to the east and the north of the stadium are two large parking garages that have covered walkways to the arena. Another large parking garage is just to the northwest of the “Q” on the other side of Ontario Street. These close lots range in price from $10 to $20. It is best to purchase a parking pass so that you guarantee yourself a place up close. If you are looking to save some money there are some open street lots that are typically $5 in the surrounding areas around the arena, we recommend trying the east side as there is a higher concentration of lots over there. RTA offers public transportation options either by bus or rapid transit, just be sure to plan your trip in advance.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Cavs game?
Any child over the age of 2 requires a ticket into the game. If your child is under 2 years old they can sit in a parents lap for the duration of the game. We recommend bringing proof of his/her age to avoid any hassles at the gate.
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RoundBallRoadtrip.com at Quicken Loans Arena Without LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are simply not the same team. However, from the perspective of this NBA fan, hanging out in Cleveland among some of the league’s best fans is always a good time. I was in town as part of my Roundball Roadtrip, my personal crusade to see a game in every NBA arena in league, and although the Cleveland Cavaliers are not the elite team they once were, the experience of watching some NBA basketball at Quicken Loans Arena is still incredible. Quicken Loans Arena is a modern facility with some solid concessions and great fan amenities. The crowd still enthusiastically supports their hometown Cavaliers and ownership has maintained a commitment to winning that will eventually take this team back to the playoffs. Quicken Loans Arena is located in the historic Gateway neighborhood which caters specifically to Cleveland sports fans with a variety of great restaurants and pubs all within walking distance of Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field. I like the area around East 4th Street, which is located right across the parking lot from the arena. East 4th Street is an exceptional place to catch a pre-game meal or to bounce from pubs to pubs after the game. The neighborhood is safe and offers a lot of variety for fans looking to spend an evening downtown. For more information on things to see and do in Cleveland, Ohio, feel free to check out my review at - http://www.nbabasketballarenas.com/Quicken-Loans-Arena-Nov10.htm. February 15, 2011