By: Tyler Noebe, GZ Sports Report Contributor
Last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102, earning themselves a spot in the NBA Finals against Golden State. After a 130-86 win in game 2, that put the Cavs up 2-0, many thought the series would be a 4-0 sweep. With Isaiah Thomas out indefinitely with a hip injury, the Celtics came back from a 21 point deficit in game 3 to stun the cavs 111-108. With a lousy 11 point performance from Lebron, many began to question is endurance. The series lasted 5 games which included a heroic performance by Kyrie in game 4 and a historic game by Lebron in game 5.
Kyrie’s Game 4 Heroics:
Coming off their game 3 disappointment, it looked like more of the same for the Cavs in the beginning of game 4. Lebron for the first time in his career accumulated 4 fouls in the first half, reserving him a spot on the bench to keep him from fouling out early. It began to look bleak for the Cavs until Kyrie Irving took over in Lebron’s absence. Kyrie had a career high 42 points and seemed like every time he touched the ball he would make a spectacular finishing move at the rim. Unfortunately after one drive, Kyrie found himself on the ground with a bad looking ankle injury. For a moment ,Cleveland fans saw their championship dreams fall apart until Kyrie tightened his shoes, stood up and stayed in the game. He continued is dominant game, finishing with an amazing fake behind the back move to solidify the Cavs victory.
Lebron’s Historic Night:
Coming into game 5, Lebron only needed 28 points to surpass Michael Jordan as the all-time leader in playoff scoring. Lebron finished with 35 points and a victory sending the Cavs to the finals. Many have argued that it took Lebron more games to reach this point, therefore it should not be held as an advantage towards Lebron in the Michael vs Lebron debate. While it is true it took Lebron more games to get to this point, he surpassed Michael taking less shots. It is also known scoring was Michael Jordan’s main objective. Lebron is quoted as saying scoring is not his primary goal. After game 5 he said to a reporter, “The biggest thing is I did it just being me, I don’t have to score the ball to make an impact on the basketball game, that was my mindset. If I’m not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?”
The Cavs will face off against Golden State for game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight at 9pm on ABC.