Now that was the NBA Finals game everyone and their grandmother was waiting for. The Cavaliers and Warriors met in the penultimate game of the 2016 NBA Finals and viewers were not disappointed.
Game 7 was truly back and forth between the two teams, and like most great NBA games it came down to the last two minutes. If you look at the box score both teams were almost even in every category, except maybe foul shot attempts, where the Cavaliers were +12.
Instead of describing the last two minutes in words, let’s take a look at the crucial plays the Cavaliers made down the stretch.
In prior game summaries, I talked about LeBron’s chase-down blocks and how they’re a good sign that he’s engaged. He had laser focus in crunch time.
Kyrie Irving was the Cavaliers’ best offensive player in Game 7, pouring in 26 points while going a perfect 4-for-4 from the line and 2-for-5 from three. He took it upon himself in the last minute of the game.
Kevin Love was the deciding factor in Game 7 as he finished a +19. His defense on Steph Curry during the Warriors last possession was incredible, since Love usually is a defensive liability.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are your 2016 NBA Finals Champions.
LeBron was named Finals MVP as he averaged 30/11/9, while providing surprising leadership in Game 7. James led both teams in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game, which has never been done by one player in an NBA Finals.
Steph Curry’s legacy took a bit of a hit by losing the Finals, but also having a dismal Game 7. Curry had no points in the last 7 minutes of the game, and only 3 in the whole 4th quarter.
As much shit as people, and myself, give LeBron, there’s no doubting how great of a player he is. Bringing a championship to his boyhood home, Cleveland, is seriously a fairy tale, and it cements his legacy as a top-4 player of all-time. It’s funny how things change though, with the Cavaliers down 3-1 and on the verge of elimination fans were wondering if he’d ever get another ring. LeBron answered his critics by having one the best statistical NBA Finals ever.
I’m sure more video from the Cavaliers title celebration will come out, but J.R. Smith seems to be enjoying himself.
J.R. Smith, ladies and gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/VILj1X5e35
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 20, 2016
J.R. Smith also stole the show in the post-game press conference thanking his father for helping him along his tumultuous journey.