Can the Cavs recover? (with update)

Colby Jones

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As of June 12, 2017, the Cleveland Cavaliers are down 3-1 in the NBA Finals. However, the same situation arose last year, and the Cavs beat the odds to become the first team in NBA Finals’ history to recover from a 3-1 deficit. This year, however, the Cavs were down 3-0 before dominating in Game 4 and reducing the Warriors’ lead to two games. The question is, will the Cavs continue to dominate in Games 5-7, or will the Warriors close out the series in 5? Personally, I believe that if the Cavs continue to play with the perfection and the power they held in Game 4, they should be able to pull out a couple close games and win back-to-back titles. Although statistically, the Cavs are doomed, as teams up 3-0 in the Finals have managed to win the series 100% of the time. In fact, a team has never overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series in the NBA playoffs, ever. On the other hand, a team in a 3-0 hole has never had LeBron James on their side, and therein lies one of the Cavs’ only remaining hopes. Throughout the playoffs, LeBron (with the occasional assistance of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love) has put up amazing stats, scoring over a quarter of the points he scored in the regular season in only 15 games! The Cavs went undefeated until the Conference Finals, in a close loss to the Boston Celtics, and all throughout LeBron averaged 32.8 ppg. Combined with Kyrie and Kevin Love, all three have averaged 75 ppg. He’s averaged a triple double in the Finals so far, an amazing feat, and his team put up a record 49 points in the first quarter of Game 4, not to mention the combined 94 points out up by LeBron, Kyrie, and Kevin Love. A comeback by the Cavs is still entirely possible, although it’s not very likely. But hey, remember what happened the last time the Warriors held a 3-1 lead?

 

UPDATE: June 13, 2017: It’s a sad day for Cavs fans, as their beloved team fell to the Warriors 129-120 last night, giving the Warriors their second NBA title in three years. The Cavs kept it close until the middle of the second quarter, when the Warriors scored 11 unanswered points and took a 9 point lead they held until the end of the game. However, LeBron still kept his head up high, stating this after the game,”I left everything on the floor, all five games. I have no reason to put my head down.” The Warriors were simply too stacked of a team that even the King (LeBron) himself could not beat. After Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors, it was clear this outcome would occur. The Warriors beat down all other teams they played throughout the regular season and the playoffs. Thank you, Kevin Durant, you’ve ruined the NBA. Congratulations, you finally got your ring, but was it worth it?

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