The Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves down 3-1 in the NBA Finals after choking away Game 4 in the fourth quarter to the Golden State Warriors. It seemed like it was all over.
Despite Draymond Green being suspended for Game 5, the Cavs still had to win game. Not only that, the Warriors were still deep and they were playing at home.
The Cavs responded with LeBron James dropping 41 points, as well as Kyrie Irving doing the same. However, the Cavs were still down 3-2 in the series.
Would Golden State win Game 6 on the road and celebrate on Cleveland's court for the second year in a row? Nope. LeBron put on a show yet again, taking over in the fourth quarter on his way to finishing with another 41-point game.
And now we are here. As LeBron has said, it's the best two best words in sports: Game 7.
History favors the Warriors. Stats supports Golden State. Logic and mind would probably support that Stephen Curry's squad should be favored to win this epic Game 7.
For one, the Warriors were up 3-1. They probably have more energy than Cleveland. Curry and Klay Thompson are able to explode at anytime. If their shots are falling tonight, it is over. Not only that, they are at home. Homecourt advantage is huge.
We all know the Warriors went 73-9 this season. They have never lost three in a row before. Will they in the biggest stage of their franchise to date? Golden State is also battle-tested. They already battled being down 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder to be at this point.
So yeah, it makes sense to pick Golden State to win. But am I gonna do it?
When it comes to these Cavs, when it comes to this NBA season, when it comes to LeBron James and when it comes for me for that matter, logic and sense doesn't matter.
Who would have thought the Cavs would come back down from 3-1? I really didn't think so, but after the Game 5 win, I was pretty confident afterwards. After the Game 6 victory, I'm definitely on Cleveland's side.
LeBron is on a roll that I haven't seen in a long time. His confidence is oozing everywhere. I don't think I've seen him play this well in the Finals since 2012 against the Thunder. In addition, Kyrie has been outplaying Curry this whole series. I expect it to happen once again.
The main key for the Cavs is to continue playing solid defense. Continue to force tough shots for Curry and Klay. If those aren't rolling, the whole team is struggling. We have seen that in the past two games.
Historically, LeBron is amazing in Game 7s. Remember the last time he's been in a Game 7 of the NBA Finals? 2013 against the Spurs, and he dropped 37 points en route to a second straight title for himself and the Miami Heat.
Another big reason I'm picking Cleveland is because there really isn't anyone to stop LeBron. Draymond Green didn't work out in Game 6. Andrew Bogut is out. If Andre Iguodala is hurt like Game 6 or isn't up to par as we are accustomed to, the Warriors are screwed.
Right now, the Cavaliers have the momentum and the confidence. We'll have to see if they can take advantage and get the ball rolling from the get-go to begin Game 7. If they can start out this game like they did in Game 6, they may be on their way to ending their city's sports title drought.
I picked Cleveland in 6 before the series began. Might as well stick with the team I picked. Now I got Cleveland in 7.
However, why am I rooting for Cleveland? Being a midwesterner, I might as well root for Cleveland.
Also, the story of LeBron returning to his hometown and ending the title drought would be amazing. Add in the fact that it happens coming down from 3-1 against a 73-win team that has the unanimous MVP, it's the ultimate legend story we could be telling about LeBron for years to come.
I've always been a fan of LeBron's game. It would definitely be an awesome thing to see if he captures his third ring in this epic fashion. The man already deserves the Finals MVP. It would make more sense if he wins that along with a championship.
Also, who wouldn't want to hear the words "JR Smith" and "NBA champion" finally come together?