The Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t supposed to do this. Down 3-1 to the same Golden State Warriors that won 73 games in the regular season. The same Warriors that had the unanimous MVP in Stephen Curry, and his fellow Splash Bro, Klay Thompson. The same transcendent squad that demolished the Cavs in the regular season and the first two games of the Finals. This was supposed to be the crowning achievement of the greatest regular season of all time. James wasn’t going to fulfill his promise of bringing a championship this season. However, the thing with sports and life is, it doesn’t always go the way it’s expected.
The comeback started in Game 5, with Draymond Green suspended because he accumulated too many flagrant fouls after his reactionary swing at James’ groin area. The narrative that Lebron James couldn’t take trash talk and possibly telling on Draymond Green when he mentioned that Green allegedly called him the “B” word. Even Klay Thompson had a hot take, stating that James must’ve had his feelings hurt. With the heart and soul of the Warriors sidelined, James and Kyrie Irving responded to all the criticism while combining for 82 points, the 112-97 win, and a newfound hope that maybe this series wasn’t over. In Game 6, James again dropped 41 points, collected 8 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. Kyrie had 23 and the series was now tied up 3-3. With Game 7 approaching there was more and more talk coming from journalists and fans alike saying that if the Cavs don’t win, James’ legacy would be tarnished, eviscerated, that he was no longer the best in the world at what he does. Game 7 would be the crucible of James’ illustrious career, the defining moment of a Hall of Fame career. If the Warriors clinched the series, Steph Curry would’ve taken the crown and on the opposite end of the spectrum, unparalleled media scrutiny unseen in sports. All the contempt for James would’ve been warranted if it all went for not. James did have all the momentum, history seemed to be on his side, and no one else plays better with his back against the wall than Lebron James.
Game 7 went as everyone thought it would. For 48 minutes we saw both teams playing at the highest level they could, and it resulted in the most entertaining game of the year. It was a game of runs, who could take the most punches and stay on their feet. Who ever got that last run would win the game. Although they couldn’t hit water if it was right in front of them, both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were throwing jabs throughout the contests. Both were one shot and a defensive stop from having one of their patented explosions and putting the game away. Draymond Green did most of the heavy lifting, throwing several haymakers with his 6 three pointers and terrific defense.Green did all he could for the Warriors, trying in vain to lift a tired and ragged team clearly on its last legs after a grueling playoff and regular season. The near triple double with 32 points(a career high), 15 rebounds, and 9 assists just wasn’t enough.
Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, and Kevin Love all had great games for the Cavs. Even Kevin Love finally came out and had a good game collecting 14 rebounds and chipped in for stretches of the game with 9 points. It was Lebron James who had a monster game, leaving everything on the court with a triple double. Irving had a beautiful game hitting shot after shot, even hitting the biggest shot of the game with just under a minute left with a big time 3. Game 7 went down to the final possession, and even though Curry missed his potential game tying three, him and the Warriors had the greatest regular season of all time. That accomplishment just so happens to come with a big asterisk. the 22016 Warriors share the same infamy as the 2007 New England Patriots for being one of the greatest history as the greatest team in sports history to not win the championship. On the other end Lebron James gets to say that his Cavaliers were the first team in NBA Finals to come back from a 3-1 deficit. James was also able to keep his promise and fulfill his destiny as the man whom brought a championship back to Cleaveland after 52 long dry years. With his 3rd title, Lebron James cemented his legacy and reestablished his title of best player in the world.