The Cleveland Cavaliers delivered a stunning victory over the Toronto Raptors of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. With LeBron James finally turning into the leader Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love can work with, the JR Smith squad demolished any hope for a Game 7 regardless of the taunts from the likes of Canadian singer Drake. However, the journey has just started for the Cleveland Cavaliers as the road to the NBA championship only gets steeper after this victory.
While the Eastern Conference Finals is over, with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan failing to dethrone LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6, the Western Conference is heating up. Clawing their way back to the top, the Golden State Warriors forced a Game 7 against Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green giving it their all for the final battle, it looks like the Golden State Warriors are not the only team hoping to win in Game 7. Rumor has it that the Cleveland Cavaliers fear the lethal combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook more than the skills of the Stephen Curry squad.
Throughout the NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have been pegged as the Finals contenders - with most fans disregarding other teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers. Hence, the LeBron James team focused on figuring out ways to beat the lethal duo Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. What will happen to the Cleveland Cavaliers if the Oklahoma City Thunder - a team they failed to take into serious consideration throughout the season - suddenly wins the Western Conference?
One of the most remarkable parts of the NBA playoffs 2016 involving the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder is how the Kevin Durant team managed to outplay the Stephen Curry squad using the small-ball lineup - the same tactic that helped the Klay Thompson group reign supreme in the league. This means a way more difficult team to beat for the Cleveland Cavaliers - a group that has yet to figure out how to deal with the said tactic. Will this be another NBA season gone to waste for LeBron James?
Nothing is certain. At the moment, the Cleveland Cavaliers are celebrating their hard-earned victory over the Toronto Raptors. In fact, LeBron James showed a rare display of pride and emotion for the Kevin Love following their Game 6 win.
"Having these guys right here at full strength, having our team at full strength, and the way I feel personally, I appreciate this moment, to be able to be a part of it and to be there once again," shared James following their momentous victory over the Kyle Lowry squad.
This will be the sixth time for LeBron James to become part of the NBA Finals. When asked of the best conference championship win for him, the Cleveland Cavaliers star admitted that he cannot choose from among his moments with the Kevin Love group and the Miami Heat.
"I don't know," replied James. He added, "I have heard all the questions, and that right there is a stumper. Um, I am just very humbled and gracious that the man above has given me the opportunity to play the game that I love. And I get to go out here and do it every single night in front of my fans. It is very emotional to be a part of something like this. This is my sixth straight. It means everything."