Basketball Culture : NBA Finals 2016 – Cleveland Cavaliers cheers

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Sunday’s deciding Game 7. This is the first major sports championship that a Cleveland team has won since 1964.

(LeBron’s Statement game. Statement shirt. Statement hat)

In perhaps the biggest game of his career, LeBron James had the game of his life. He was named Finals MVP after scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists. The vote was unanimous, according to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

“The people of Cleveland deserve this more than any other people I’ve ever seen or met or felt,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said. “No group deserves this more. No fan base deserves this more. I’m speechless and proud of everybody.

” When asked why this championship felt different, James kept his answer simple: “I’m home.” 

“This is what I came back for,” he said. “It doesn’t feel real.”

(Kevin Love’s Victory Celebration)

The new Champion’s  The Cleveland Cavaliers drink it all in after lifting Cleveland’s title drought, as a celebratory practice, in the post-game locker room as the players drenched their jerseys in champagne and beer.

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LeBron James talks about his road to Victory

LeBron James Finals 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally gets their 1st NBA Title after a 52 years drought.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Golden State Warriors in the game 7 of 2016 NBA Finals after trailing 1 – 3 in the series. LeBron James had a 27 points, 11 Rebounds and 11 Assists in the clinching game on his way to winning NBA Finals MVP.

After the game, emotional LeBron James was brought to tears during his postgame interview with Doris Burke. 

“I set out a goal two years when I came back, to bring a championship to this city. I gave everything that I had. I poured my heart, my blood, my sweat, my tears into this game. Against all odds, I don’t know why we want to take the hardest road.

“I don’t know why the man above give me the hardest road, but … the man above don’t put you in situations that you can’t handle. I just kept that same positive attitude. Instead of saying why me, I said this is what He wants me to do. And, uh, Cleveland — this is for you!” LeBron James said.

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After two years of losing the Finals – LeBron reclaims his title, takes Cleveland to the promised land

(Artwork by Sean Curate)

OAKLAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers wins Game 7 of the NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors 93-89. 

LeBron James was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals after averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists over the seven-game series.

LeBron had a long journey before reaching this far. Over the Past two years, LeBron had always tasted defeat. First was when he was still with the Miami Heat in 2014, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs 4-1. Last year he was with the Cavaliers and it was versus the Golden State Warriors, where they also lost 4-2.

After 2 years of losing, LeBron James has finally won it for the Cavaliers. He just made history after winning the Finals being down 3-1 and he ended the 52-year drought of not winning a championship for Cleveland, fulfilling the promise he made for the fans by taking them to the promised land.

Below are the photos of LeBron and his fans after winning the 2016 NBA Finals. 

(LeBron getting emotional after the Cavaliers captured their first championship since 1964.)
(Cleveland fans celebrating and thanking the Cavaliers after finally ending the 52-year drought.)

(LeBron and the Cavs celebrate as they finally won after receiving the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.)

See the Whole Reaction below after the Cavs finally won their first NBA Finals championship.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dynamic Duo best performance in the game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals

Kyrie and Lebron

Golden State– Cleveland Cavaliers’ All star duo gave their whole hearts as they reach for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. LeBron James with 27 points and 11 assists and Kyrie Irving with a 26 pts. including a dagger 3 pointer! what a monster performance by Cleveland’s Dynamic Duo.

                                                                    #Lockin #Alllin      
                                                                    by: Dex Monzon
If the Cavs lose tomorrow Lebron James  may never win a championship in Cleveland… ever. Many have criticized Lebron, his game, his flops, even his post game interviews. All of that will be silenced once he wins a championship for his hometown team the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has made Cleveland an elite team in what can be considered a “weak” Eastern conference. If they have faced any other team in the finals except for GSW or the Spurs , I believe the Cavs may have the upper hand in winning the series early on and not have it reach to a game 7 on the road.
A lot of people criticized the Cavs after their game 2 blowout loss, Steven A Smith gave a harsh but truthful comment after the game,  he said-“ Cleveland had an embarrassing performance, didn’t know if their was anything in their left chest…Coz they showed no heart” after being beaten by 30 points by Golden State.
But the Cavs showed heart  the next game, got checked again on game 4 and on Game 5, beat the odds by stopping the Warriors win the championship at home. It was probably their best performance of the series with their 2 superstars Lebron James and Kyrie Irving each scoring 41 points and shutting down the Warriors offense in the 4th quarter. On Game 6 the Warriors looked ineffective, not gaining any momentum from start to finish, and after 2 straight losses the tides have now turned. Cleveland is now the favorites to win the series. The only advantage GSW has is that their playing at home. That’s it. Momentum is clearly on the Cavs side, Lebron has finally awaken and left noting to chance as he has made his presence felt on all the games, proving he is still one of the best players in the game.

Game 7 should be a good one, this series has become one of the most boring NBA Finals to one of the best and all it took was an explosive game from two of the NBA’s biggest stars, whatever the outcome may be, we were given a threat by the basketball gods. All we are hoping for is for the superstars in the two teams to show up, and how fitting it would be if the game came down the wire with one shot left to win it all. Imagine that. Whether your #Lockin or #Allin I hope everyone gets to enjoy it and appreciate greatness that we will witness on game 7.

What punishment will NBA give to Stephen Curry?

Stephen Curry on Game 6 2016 NBA Finals

CLEVELAND- It was a tough match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in the game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

In the 4:22 remaining in the 4th quarter with the Golden States trailing 99 – 87, season MVP Stephen Curry draw his sixth personal foul after reaching the ball from LeBron James. After the call, he argued with referee Jason Phillips and “accidentally” threw his mouthpiece at a fan sitting courtside near the Cavaliers bench.

The leagues reigning MVP cleared that the incident was not really his intention. He said. “I’ve thrown my mouthpiece before. I usually aim at the scorer’s table. I was off aim. Definitely didn’t mean to throw it at a fan,” Curry added “That was obviously not where I was trying to take my frustration out.”

Here are some popular incident in the league: 

In October 2015, Clippers guard Austin Rivers was fined $25,000 for throwing a seat cushion into the stands and hitting a fan.

In December 2014, Utah’s Enes Kanter was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands.

Based on history, it isn’t difficult to surmise that Curry will likely receive – at the minimum – a $25,000 fine.

And the most popular, Haslem, in 2006 first-round game against Chicago, threw his mouthpiece in frustration toward referee Joey Crawford.

Like all on-court incidents, the NBA will conduct a investigation with Curry and determine if a fine or suspension is warranted. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers Force Game 7, Put Warriors in a Do or Die Situation at Oracle

(Artwork By Sean Curate)

LeBron James did all the scrubs on the floor to keep the Cavaliers’ dream alive, extending the series to Game 7 with a tight 3-3 standing as they came back from a 3-1 hole against the Warriors.

The Cavaliers went to a good start with 6-0 forcing the Warriors to call for a timeout. But it did not falter the Cavaliers’ momentum as they continued to cruise on offense blowing the Warriors out on scoring until they led by 20 with a 31-11. It was the lowest scoring in an opening quarter for the Warriors since the 2015-2016 season started.

Drastic Changes were made in the second half. Richard Jefferson has turned to be an important role player for the Cavs, making most of his contributions on the floor. It was also a rare scene for Tyronn Lue to enter Mo Williams on the court, especially in the midst of playing a Finals game. Williams also contributed with 4 points in just 6 minutes of action.

The Warriors knocked on the door of the Cavs as they came back with a spark from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But it wasn’t enough, because LeBron James was overpowering in the fourth quarter, finishing at the end with a shy triple-double of 41 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and making his presence felt on the defensive end with four steals and three blocks.

Game 7 is scheduled on Sunday at Oracle Arena.

Draymond Green strongly believes that, if he was not suspended, Game 5 was already for their taking

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors was suspended in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals
due to his dirty antics after hitting LeBron in the groin that got the refs call him a Flagrant foul 1.

This was not the first time that Draymond has hit a player in the groin. During the Western Conference Finals, Draymond also hit Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder on the
same area, but got away with it.

Now, he paid the price of being a dirty player after being helpless as his teammates crumble down to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 with a score of 112-97.

After the game, Green said during the interview that he have a strong belief that if he played Game 5, they’ll win. But he didn’t, because he has put himself in a situation where he wasn’t able to play.

Green moves on from the suspension looking forward on closing out the series in Game 6 at Cleveland.

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Game 5 of NBA Finals 2016:Behind the scenes get-up

We look at some of the famous peoples apparels and fads at Game 5 of the NBA Finals 2016

(Golden State Warriors Guard Stephen Curry)
(Golden State Warriors Guard Klay Thompson)
(Professional Wrestler Rey Mysterio and Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Iman Shumpert)

Warriors vs Cavs: Battle of the Bulge

By: Paolo Manuel Fule

There is something special when a team wins 73 games in an NBA regular season. Much more, when that team has a history-making unanimous MVP, two players who won NBA All-Star three-point shooting contest in consecutive years, made history as the team with the best start in NBA history with 24-0 and lastly, only the tenth team to overcome a 1-3 hole in a best-of-seven series. They are the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors.

There is also something special when a team has a 4-time MVP, has been 12-2 in the playoffs, shot 25 three’s in a single game in the playoffs, number 1 team in the Eastern Conference and has been hungry for a single championship in all of sports for their city. They are the 2015-2016 Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here is the stats comparison in Warriors and Cavaliers starting lineup in this year’s playoffs:
Stephen Curry- 26.7 PPG, 6.1 APG, Klay Thompson- 26.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, Andre Iguodala- 8.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, Draymond Green- 15.1 PPG, 9.8 RPG, and Andrew Bogut 5.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG.
Lebron James- 24.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, Kyrie Irving- 24.3 PPG, 5.1 APG, Kevin Love- 17.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG, Tristan Thompson- 4.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and J.R. Smith- 12 PPG, 3.4 RPG.

Both teams have advantages when it comes to their starters, and has been motivated at the highest level now at the biggest stage of their competition. It is a series that has a lot of everything that makes it so compelling to watch.

Whichever team wins this year’s NBA Finals, both already have proven their worth in the annals of the sports. Though both are motivated in their own right, I really feel for LeBron James. He waited for 9 years to give Cleveland another chance for its first championship in pro sports. If there is any better time, I think it is now. On the other hand, 73-9 and last year’s championship will be a fluke if the Dubs will lose this Finals. Yes, this is a rematch, but now it will be more than what happened last year. A classic best-of-seven series for the ages.

Here are some basketball fans who predict their winner in this NBA Finals:

I like the Golden State Warriors to win. They have two of the most lethal outside shooters of this generation. – Edrenz Cabello, The Plaridelians Sports Writer
Gsw has done the impossible in the regular season with 73 wins, no doubt they can claim their second championship. – James Jimcent Gonzales, basketball enthusiast
I want the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first championship. It will be a great legacy for LeBron James. – Dyrham Palfrey, NBA enthusiast, National University athlete
Cavs will win this finals. The Big 3 are healthy and LeBron has been motivated to finally win a ring for Ohio—Paco Rabat, NBA enthusiast, College of St.
Benilde student
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