Now that the 2016 NBA Championship series has ended, we’re all free to analyze it. To say that it was an extremely exceptional and most memorable series is a gross understatement! It was the first time in professional basketball’s history that an opponent had been down, three games to one, but had actually come back and won the championship series. Now we all are scratching our heads and trying to explain exactly why the Warriors, who’d registered 73 wins during the regular season, best regular season record ever, couldn’t win the ultimate prize; the league’s championship? Many talking heads have offered their explanations as to why Stephen Curry’s Warriors fell, so dismally, to Lebron James’ Cavaliers. They range from Draymond Green’s suspension from game five; to the referees allowing unusually physical style defense; to the Cavalier’s smothering defensives schemes that stifled Curry and Thompson’s play.
My humble opinion is, it is perhaps a combination of all three of these reasons. However, I must add another reason and perhaps the most important one of all was, that obviously the Cleveland Cavaliers wanted that championship far more. Consequently, they were determined to do whatever it took them to get it. The city of Cleveland hasn’t celebrated a championship title in any professional sports since their football team, starring the great Jim Brown, lead them to a title back in 1964. The Cleveland Indians had come close but had choked against the Florida Marlins during the 1997 World Series. Moreover, the Cleveland Browns had also come close during the Simi-finals against the Denver Broncos in 1987, but they had also choked too. So this was the moment that the Cavaliers were determined that they were definitely not going to be denied their place in the spotlight. Lebron James and Kyrie Irving stepped up their games and literally dominated the Warriors, offensively, during those last three games. Conversely, their team’s defense literally shut Stephen Curry and Clay Thompson totally down, who’d been their team’s primary source of offense all season. Therefore, if it hadn’t been for Draymond Green’s outstanding 32 point performance, that seventh game would have certainly been an embarrassing Cavaliers’ blow-out of the Warriors. They came back from being three games down to defeat the San Francisco Warriors three straight time; and two of those games on their own home court too; to take that championship series from them.
As outstanding as Stephen Curry’s Warriors had been during the regular season, by posting 73 wins, the best winning record in NBA history; most basketball observers assumed that they were a virtual shoo-in to win it all. However, they left their fans shaking their heads with unspeakable hurt and total disappointment by falling to Lebron James’ Cavaliers in a totally unexpected way by losing a seventh game on their own home court. Ironically, during the Simi-finals, the Warriors had actually come back to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder after being down, three games to one, themselves; but only to turn right around and allow the Cavaliers to do the exact same thing to them was, the epitome of poetic justice.