For a while, it seemed it was almost ready. Balloons, confetti and victory banners. Everything that the Warriors needed to make a consecutive championship celebration party was being gathered all along the season. They played their best and broke records through their almost flawless path to Finals. The only thing missing was the icing on the cake, but LeBron and the Cavs crashed at the party and spoiled Golden State’s long-awaited moment.
The taste of their 73-win season became bitter for the Warriors and all their fans at Golden State. While Cavs’ leader, LeBron James couldn’t hold his tears of joy as he scared away the ghosts that haunted him through the last two consecutive Finals. It was the perfect way to end an unattainable fairy tale.
A Dreamed Championship
After being down 3-1 in the series, no one at Cleveland believed that the impossible could be accomplished. The Cavs needed to win twice on the road and overcome the three consecutive must-win games for Cleveland, against a team that hadn’t lost three in a row under Coach Steve Kerr in the past two seasons.
Embracing the underdog dream, the Cavaliers became the first team to win the NBA title after falling behind 3-1 in a Finals series. And the fourth team to win an NBA Finals Game 7 on the road. It was an amazing way to quench their 52-year major sports championship drought. The last time that Cleveland citizens were able to enjoy the sweet tastes of victory was in 1964 when the Browns won the NFL title.
A Fulfilled Promise
At the beginning of his 13-year career, LeBron was drafted by Cleveland, to bring a title to the city. However, he shook his entire hometown, when he went to Miami and won two consecutive championships with the Heat. In 2014, he returned to Cleveland with one purpose in mind and a promise to give the title to his people.
The goal didn’t come quick nor easy. LeBron had to struggle against criticism and his personal demons. Nonetheless, he never gave up and continued to work hard to achieve what he believed he could deliver. His conviction grew stronger, reaching the climax when the Cavs needed it the most.
As the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 on Sunday, James was named Finals MVP after scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists. He also blocked three shots, had two steals and reached his 16th triple double in the playoffs and seventh in an NBA Finals game.
Now, the people of Cleveland will proudly enjoy their accomplishment next Wednesday, with the traditional Championship Parade.