NOTE: Congratulations to LeBron James and the Cavs for a great effort in the finals. No one would have guessed that they would be competitive without 3 of their best 5 players. Tomorrow on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss Game 6 of the finals and the future of the Cavs.
Despite the injures to Kyrie Irving (21.7 points per game), Kevin Love (16.4) and Anderson Varejao (9.6) the Cavs came within 1 point of winning the title.
Game 1 came down to a last second possession by the Cavs to win the game in regulation. But if they had made 1 more missed free throw, they would have had a 1 point lead and could have just held the ball to win. Another possibility would have been if the refs had not decided to call traveling for the 1st time all game on Timofey Mozgov in the previous possession. While Irving was hurt in OT, the Cavs would have won the title with that game 1 win with or without their starting point guard.
The Cavs went on to win Game 2 in Oakland and Game 3 in Cleveland. Since the format of the finals was changed to 2-2-1-1-1 no team has ever come back from 0-3 to win a title. In my opinion the Cavs would have won game 4 because the Warriors had no starter with finals experience. I think that if the Cavs had gone up 3-0 the Warriors would have folded without much of a fight.
Even if the Warriors had won game 4, the Cavs would have ended their misery in game 5 or 6.
Given the injuries, the Cavs had a great season and playoffs. All Cavs fans can be proud of the team. The fans should also be proud of the energy and noise they caused all season long.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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The Cavs were 1 missed free throw away from the Title. by Bill Smith