The 2015-16 season has come to an end, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the new NBA Champions!
So I may have not got a lot of things right throughout these playoffs, but I did get the champion right. I don't know if that means anything to any of you, but hey I feel pretty good about myself. Watching the final seconds tick until it finally hit 0 was such a bittersweet moment. Having joy for the Cavs and everything they accomplished, but also knowing that this is the last NBA game we will have until October hit me at the same time. But what a way to end the season.
First of all, congratulations to the Warriors and all of the records they broke this season. Being the first team to go 73-9, breaking the record for most 3's made in a season, Steph Curry breaking his own 3 point record, Steph becoming the first ever unanimous MVP in the history of the game, I'm sure theres other stuff I'm missing but I know they did a lot of great stuff. Being the reigning NBA world champions means that night in and night out you are going to get every teams best effort when you play them. And the Warriors accepted that challenge every night. They were great for basketball because they had the entire world talking about them, and every night they played was must watch television. This team will continue to be a force in the league and their greatness is going to end because of this loss. They may even come back next season and go 74-8 if they are able to keep their core together. But time will tell for these guys, and if you are a fan of the Warriors don't listen to the hate, because there are a lot of bitter people out there who are probably pissed that their team didn't draft Draymond Green.
What an amazing series by both of these teams. These Finals really represented the competitiveness that the league has to offer. The Warriors took a commanding 3-1 series lead and it looked, and felt like the Warriors were going to hang up another banner in Oakland. But Lebron James and Kyrie Irving had plans with destiny, and they wanted to make history. No team had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, and going against one of the greatest teams of all time, it didn't look like that was going to change. But there always has to be an anomaly at some point in everything that has ever happened in the history of Earth, and basketball is just a game so anything is possible. Lebron and Kyrie put the team on their back and were a force that seemed virtually unstoppable in those last 3 games. Game 5 they each had 41 points, Game 6 Lebron dropped 41 points again along with Kyrie making unbelievable plays on both ends of the court, and Game 7 Lebron got a triple-double and Kyrie hit one of the most clutch shots in NBA Finals history with a fadeaway 3 pointer over the MVP in the final minute to give his team the lead for good.
These guys did more than just win for their team. They did more than just win for their organization and their fans. They won for the entire city of Cleveland, who hasn't had a major sports champion since 1964. When Lebron decided to come back, he said his goal was to bring a championship to the city of Cleveland, and he absolutely delivered. He led both teams in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, on his way to his third ring and Finals MVP. It was dramatic, it was influential, and it was true. A kid from Akron, Ohio, who went from apartment to apartment, living with his mom and sometimes his football coach, gave something back to Northeast Ohio that may have been lost over the years: Hope. The dude has done nothing but challenged himself to be great over the years, accepting the pressure that the fans and media put on him in order to achieve greatness. Not only on the court, but in life as well. To knock down so many walls simply using his talent as a basketball player to put his family in a better position in life is truly admirable, and he earned everything he has through faith in himself and dedication to something bigger than basketball. So congratulations to the the city of Cleveland, you are Champions in every sense of the word.
In case you missed one of the greatest games ever played, here's pretty much the whole thing in 12 minutes
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