For decades, Cleveland sports fans have been tortured with painful reminders of the failures and unfortunate events that have happened to their professional teams each season. From the original Browns relocating to Baltimore and winning a Super Bowl, to LeBron James going to the Miami Heat and winning back-to-back titles, Cleveland sports fans have gone through plenty of heartbreak. Even with the return of LeBron James, Cavalier fans watched them make it to the finals only to fall to the Warriors last year. These fans had their hopes set high only to watch it fall and shatter to the ground like glass. After the Warriors went out to a 3-1 lead in the Finals, everyone counted the Cavs out…everyone except Cleveland. What we all thought would be another heartbreaking debacle for Cleveland turned into a magical moment in sports history.
The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 deficit, a tough Warriors team, and curse that has seemed to plague Cleveland teams for so long to win their first NBA title and bring Cleveland its first championship in 52 years. Cleveland, Ohio is once again the city of champions.
The fans of Cleveland have finally got their long awaited championship. Long gone are the memories of “The Drive”, “The Shot” and “The Decision”. Cleveland fans can replace those moments with LeBron James’ block on Andre Iguodala, or “The Block” and Kyrie Irving’s game-clinching 3-pointer, or “The Three”. These Cleveland fans have waited for this moment, and their patience has finally been rewarded.
After getting blown out in the first two games of the Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned the favor and blew out the Golden State Warriors in game 3 of the Finals. The Cavs looked in sync again in game 3 as they dominated the Warriors in field goal percentage, rebounds, and three-pointers. Now the Cavaliers have the momentum heading into game 4 at home, but it will still be a tough uphill battle for them as the series goes on.
Draymond Green said that the Cavs were hungrier than the Warriors in game 3, so expect the Warriors to come back starving for a win in game 4. They will give the Cavs a hard time just like they did in games 1 and 2. It will not get any easier for the Cavs; after game 4, the series will head back to Oakland where the Warriors have enjoyed a huge home-court advantage as they own an 11-1 record at home during this postseason.
The Cavs win at home over the Warriors was impressive, but they are not out of the woods yet. The Warriors will put up points, and stiffen up their defense. Down 2-1, the Cavs will fight to even up the series and win the rest of the games to finally bring a championship to “The Land”. With the momentum now on Cleveland’s side, let’s see if that momentum can lift them to a game 4 victory tonight and help them win the rest of the series.
Having a little Déjà vu? Don’t worry, I know how you feel.
Once again we are going to see LeBron James and the Cavaliers battle Steph Curry and the Warriors in the NBA Finals. It’s the matchup we all saw coming: from the Cavs 30-11 start and dominant post-season play to the Warriors record-breaking season and miraculous comeback in the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder. It seems this rematch was written in the stars for these two teams (or in a script…but that’s another topic for later ).
For the Cavs, this matchup presents a chance to avenge the heartbreaking loss from last year and finally bring the people of Cleveland the championship they deserve. For the Warriors, this is a chance to put the cherry on top of the record-breaking season they have put together. Steph Curry looks to get back to back championships to go with his back to back MVP awards while Lebron is appearing in his sixth consecutive NBA Finals.
This is bound to be an exciting rematch that will come down to the wire. Both teams are more explosive this time around and will make this year’s Finals far more entertaining than last year.
I see this series coming down to a game 7, and with the Cavs now healthy, I think they will win the series 4-3.