Editor's note: The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors play Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs at 9 pm ET. The Cavaliers lead the series 2-1 and will be playing at home. Tonight, we're also monitoring severe weather in the U.S. Midwest. - Stephanie
The Cleveland Cavaliers, also known as the Cavs, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio, that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team began play in the league in 1970 as an expansion team. Home games are held at Quicken Loans Arena, which the team shares with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. The Cavaliers play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, the only remaining charter member of the division (all the other Central Division teams joined later from the now-defunct Midwest Division).
The Cavaliers have featured many NBA stars during their history, including All-Stars Austin Carr, Brad Daugherty, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mark Price, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Past NBA greats such as Nate Thurmond, Lenny Wilkens, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, and Shaquille O'Neal have also played in Cleveland (albeit near the end of their careers).
The team has won four Central Division championships (1976, 2009, 2010 and 2015) and two Eastern Conference championships (2007 and 2015), and has had 19 total playoff seasons. However, the team has also had a number of dubious distinctions, such as former owner Ted Stepien's tenure, which led the NBA to create a rule regulating the trading of draft picks ("The Stepien Rule"), and a 26-game losing streak in 2010–11, which tied the record for the longest losing streak in major American professional sports.