Anyone who follows basketball, even from a casual standpoint, probably knows the fate of the 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers. The King made his triumphant return home. A super team assembled in Cleveland, only to become plagued with injuries to key players down the stretch. LeBron James, surrounded by above-average to mid-level players, carried the team on his back throughout the playoffs, but it wasn’t enough. The Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in six games.
The curse continues.
While I was of course upset that the Cavs couldn’t get it done last season, I was incredibly happy with their performance without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. In a way, I was even a bit relieved. I’ve been saying for the last few years that I want more than anything to be in The Land if and when the championship drought finally ends, and as a fresh college graduate, I really didn’t have the resources to make that happen. Fast forward to May 30th, 2016, the Golden State Warriors completed an incredible comeback to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in 7 games, setting up a rematch of last year’s final.
Surprisingly, the Cavaliers have been able to stay healthy throughout the 2016 postseason. Even more surprising is the fact that I’ve been able to keep a steady job and a healthy savings account since the two teams last met in the postseason. Ten minutes after the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors to secure their spot in The Finals, I decided to pull the trigger on a ticket to Game 6 in Cleveland.