Post by BellevueBuckeye on Jun 19, 2016 22:28:48 GMT -5
It's pretty freaking awesome to consider the things the Cavs had to overcome to bring Cleveland this championship.....down 3-1, game 7 on the road, facing the team with best regular season ever, all odds against them......it's a lot like when the Red Sox had to become the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit when they ended their curse....only better
1. While not the prettiest effort - it was a team effort. James - 27 points, Irving - 26 points, Smith - 12 points, Thompson & Love - 9 points each, Shumpert 6 points, Jefferson & Williams - 2 points each Love - 14 rebounds, James - 11 rebounds, Jefferson - 9 rebounds * All 8 players that saw court time - scored & rebounded
2. Intensity & Composure - you could see it in LeBron's face from the start - this was our game. * We're used to seeing LeBron's monster dunks, but the monster blocked shots! When he came flying out to get rid of Iguodala's shot at the end - that's when I was totally secure with our win.
3. Love showed up to play. * His +/- 19 proves that. We did better tonight when he was on the court. That's what the Cavs needed.
4. Free Throws - Thompson was 3/4; and the team made 21 of 25. Necessary!
5. Rebounds - We outrebounded GS 48 - 39; with 18 fastbreak points to their 7.
Such a great game! 20 lead changes, 11 ties, such a change from the first 6 games.
6/19 - My daughters' birthday and they were convinced that the Cavs win would be their present. They were correct!
As much as I disliked Curry & Green with their crybaby antics - was impressed that they stayed on the court to congratulate Cavs players. Showed some class.
Post by donutshopguy on Jun 20, 2016 5:52:00 GMT -5
Well gentlemen I took a chance and drove into Cleveland yesterday to be present if the stars aligned and the Cavs would win. Sat at the Thirsty Parrot starting at 5:30 pm and watched the crowd grow. Every place was packed with Cavs fans. There had to be at least another 100,000 people just milling around outside. it was hectic, wild and crazy. After the final seconds ticked by the crowds filled the streets. It was a historical event. Thank God I took the chance and became part of THE COMEBACK…. Life is good in Ohio.
And they did it with LeBron not having a particularly good night. Irving should get the game ball. To go into GS with everything on the line, after being down 3 games to 1 is amazing.
Only 3 players have had a triple double in game 7 of the finals. Jerry West, James Worthy AND LeBron James.
Thanks for throwing that at me. I wasn't trying to diminish perhaps his greatest moment in a long and great career. LeBron played an all-around great game, highlighted by the monster blocked shot in the final moments. What I should have clarified my thoughts were FG percentage was not particularly good last night. Late in the game both teams were throwing up clunker after clunker for quite a while. Nerves, pressure...whatever. Those snapshot portions don't take away from what a great game it was with all the lead changes and dramatic moments. That's what make games like these move into the realm of historic, that will be reviewed and remembered over and over again, for decades.
Fantastic win!! I did not think the Cavs could win with LeBron hitting 1 outside shot and giving up 32 to Draymond. But they never let Thompson and Curry get on any kind of a roll and Barnes continued to shoot poorly. The Bogut injury hurt GS more than I thought it would. The Cavs won with defense because with the short bench Lue used they couldn't run the motion offense very well in the 4th quarter. But they made just enough one-on-one baskets (especially Kyrie's clutch 3). Why not the Indians next?
Post by Willard Fillmore on Jun 20, 2016 10:38:56 GMT -5
Cleveland pro sports, 52 years without a title, 52 years between Jim Brown and Lebron James. Two of the greatest in their sports
Golden State couldn't repeat, because the splash brothers can only splash and the Cavs made it difficult for them to splash. Neither of the splash brothers can do anything close to what Kyrie can do with the ball in his hands and finishing at the basket..
Many great stats and accomplishments in the playoffs. The most amazing. LeBron averaged more points per game, more rebounds per game, more assists per game, more steals per game, more blocks per game for the playoffs than any other player.
*Spurs are such a classy group. Wins with class, loses with class. Easier said than done. Much respect for Duncan and company.
*Agree that OKC can give Warriors a battle. Key is Westbrook. If he is truly a top ten player he needs to step up and do what his team needs. That is relentless perimeter defense and smart PG play on offense. The "smart" part may be beyond his reach.
*Refs are starting to call the moving/grabbing screens and shove-offs that the Warriors use to get open threes. That and the recent defensive regression of the Warriors makes them less dominant.
*You can't ask for a better scenario for the Cavs. They are healthy and rested. They will be heavy favorites in the ECF.
*Facing OKC would be nice. We play well against them and would have the homecourt advantage. But I believe this team is constructed well to compete with GS. We have the offensive firepower to stay with them. And we have Shump, Dely and JR to rotate on Curry and Klay defensively when needed. Our rebounding is solid. But what really gives me hope is our lineup for the last 6-8 minutes of the 4th quarter...TT, Love, JR, Kyrie and LeBron. They can run, rebound and score. That leave defense. Kyrie and Love seem to have improved quite a bit on defense. But a reasonably fresh LeBron, who doesn't have to carry the offensive load, can be a defensive monster in crunch time.
Warriors over Thunder in 6 Cavs over Raptors in 5
Cavs over Warriors in 7
That's why I'm...nevermind.
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