Cavs Show True Cleveland Spirit During Finals

Photo Courtesy of Raymond Bosak

Photo Courtesy of Raymond Bosak

 

Normally, I’d go through the stats and give you a game MVP and, in this case, a series MVP. As hard as I tried, it couldn’t be done without getting a little upset. I sat at work and watched the final seconds come off the clock and violently turned off my tablet. It was bad enough reading the hate from Cavs-haters and Lebron-haters on the Sportscenter and ESPN Facebook posts. Twitter was the only place where I could see level-headed human beings giving Lebron and company the props they deserve. So, as I stewed over seeing someone else hoist that Larry O’Brien trophy, I just decided to give you my thoughts on this team, and show you that there isn’t a reason to give up hope. Before you say it, I know the officiating was horrendous the entire series. But, health and just running out of gas at the end eventually did them in.

The Golden State Warriors won their first NBA title in 40 years last night with a 105-97 victory, but it wasn’t as easy as it looked. With two all-stars missing because of injuries, Lebron threw the team on his back and almost capped off an already impressive season. The Cavs faced numerous obstacles this year, most notably the bug. David Blatt was under fire and was supposedly going to lose his job either before the All-Star break, or after the season ends. Lebron and Kevin Love weren’t getting along. Whatever it was, however, they overcame. The real challenges came in the playoffs.

This storybook season all started back on July 11, 2014. Lebron James announced to the world, through Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins that he was coming home. The city rejoiced and knew that the past four years of bad basketball with guys like Christian Eyenga and Ryan Hollins were finally over. Kyrie Irving finally had some scoring help and Lebron had a legitimate point guard. He never promised a championship right away and acknowledged that this would take time. Things got even better when Kevin Love joined the team, being acquired for No.1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, among a few others in a three team deal.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

But, the happy ending still eludes Cleveland sports teams, and the ever present black cloud still hangs over the fans.

When Love went down in Game 4 of the first round, the Cavs lost someone who could space the floor and easily get 12 rebounds a night. There was some doubt, but you still had Kyrie Irving. Irving went down for the first time in Chicago in Game 6 and it was later revealed he had tendonitis in his left knee. He missed two of the four games against Atlanta with more knee trouble. Even after a seven day layoff, Irving wasn’t fully 100 percent but he was looking better. Then, a freak accident occurred. He fractured his left knee in Game 1 of the Finals, ending his season and ultimately putting the Cavs in a really tough spot.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Lebron did all he could, almost averaging a triple-double for the series. He ended up averaging 35.8 PPG, 13.3 RPG and 8.8 APG which led both teams in all categories. Despite these numbers, Lebron still didn’t win Finals MVP, primarily because the Cavs didn’t win the series.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

The Cavs showed us that Cleveland spirit. They never quit and they never backed down from anyone. Honestly, without the additions of Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith, this ride could have ended as early as the second round against the Bulls. Yes, failing to win the grand prize of the NBA does hurt, and it is a failure. However, there is no reason for these guys to hang their heads. We went on a ride this season that was an absolute thrill, and I personally can’t wait until next year.

Just think about it. The Cavs took the best team in the NBA to Game 6 with a depleated roster. Matthew Dellavedova shutdown the league MVP. Tristan Thompson absolutely earned every dollar he gets this summer. This team should stay together, and if they do, there will be plenty of mid-June excitement for a few years.

Be proud Cleveland. Be proud of these Cavaliers. That phrase “Wait until next year” that i mentioned normally makes my skin crawl, but this time I can say that and actually know deep down, that next year is OUR year.

 

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Raymond Bosak About Raymond Bosak

Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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