On this day in Cleveland sports history…
Our beloved Cleveland Cavaliers clinched their first playoff berth in franchise history, following a 110-101 victory on the road against the Utah Jazz.
The Cavaliers went on to defeat the Washington Bullets in a seven-game standoff in the conference semifinals, before losing to the Celtics 4-2 in the conference finals.
Unlike many modern teams, the Cavs didn’t really have a ‘star player’ in the strictest sense of the team. On the season, they were lead in scoring by Jim Chones, who averaged 15.8 points per game. This was definitely an era where load management wasn’t much of a thing, as five players on the team appeared in all 82 games and two more appeared in 81. The team held a 49-33 record at the season’s end.
In a very negative modern-day climate, it’s good to have a look back at the past towards something particularly positive. The 1975-76 Cavaliers were undoubtedly exactly that.