The 2009 Season is finally here! What better way for the Cavaliers and Celtics to dive right in than by facing each other Day 1? The Cavaliers have beaten the Celtics 8 straight times at The Q, in a series that hasn't seen a Road Team get a win since the Cavaliers did it in January, 2007.
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- Tonight’s season opener will be the 600th Cleveland Cavaliers game (374-225, .624) at Quicken Loans Arena, in its 16-year history.
- The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the last eight regular season games against the Boston Celtics at The Q, dating back to the 2005-06 season. The last time the teams faced each other in Cleveland, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics by 31 points, the largest margin in their series history, 107-76. In that game, Cleveland held Boston to a Cavs opponent season-low nine points in the first quarter on 3-20 (.150) shooting and 29-81 (.358) shooting for the game, the team’s fourth lowest opponent field goal percentage of the season.
- Including the postseason, the last 16 meetings between Cleveland and Boston have been won by the home team. The last visiting team to win in the series was the Cavs who won in Boston on January 3, 2007.
- Last season, the Cavaliers and Celtics were the top two defensive teams in the NBA. The Cavaliers allowed the fewest points per game at 91.4 ppg (Boston was 3rd at 93.4 ppg) and defensive three-point field goal percentage at .333 (Boston was 5th at .349). Boston held the NBA’s best mark in defensive field goal percentage at .431 by decimal points as Cleveland also was at .431.
- Entering into this season, LeBron James has scored 12,993 points in six regular seasons and with his seventh point will notch 13,000 for his career. James will become the youngest player in NBA history to score that many points at 24 years and 301 days, besting the previous mark set by Kobe Bryant of 26 years, 132 days (Elias).
- Coming into this season, Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown is the third winningest coach, based on winning percentage, for NBA coaches who’ve been with their current team in a single tenure for at least four seasons. At 211-117 (.643), Brown is only behind Gregg Popovich (686-330, .675) and Phil Jackson (496-242, .672). Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers at 230-180 (.561) ranks sixth behind Jerry Sloan (1043-630, .623) and George Karl (225-143, .611).
- The Cavaliers finished the preseason with a 4-4 record, outscoring their opponents 95.9 - 93.3 and outrebounding their opponents in six of the eight preseason games while averaging 40.3 rebounds to their opponents’ 36.8.
- On Oct. 21, LeBron James had a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and one block in 29 minutes. James played in six preseason games and led the Cavs in scoring (15.0 points) and steals (1.2). He also averaged 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 21.4 minutes.
- Against the Celtics on Oct. 21, Shaquille O’Neal scored nine points on 4-5 (.800) shooting in the second quarter. He finished with 16 points on 7-13 (.538) shooting, five rebounds and one block in 20 minutes. During the preseason, O’Neal played in seven games and averaged 10.4 points, 1.0 block and a team-high 6.1 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game.
Anderson Varejao recorded 10 points on 5-7 (.714) shooting and seven rebounds in 26 minutes. In five preseason games, Varejao had the Cavs’ highest field goal percentage (16-24, .667) and averaged 8.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.
- Mo Williams appeared in five preseason games and led the team in assists, averaging a team-high 5.2 assists in 24.3 minutes.
- Versus Boston on October 21, Anthony Parker had seven points, four rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes. In starting all eight preseason games, he had six in double figures and averaged 7.8 points on .565 shooting, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 23.4 minutes.