Here are 10 Cavs games that a true Cavalier fan will remember without a picture… only a description.
May 31, 2007
LeBron, from the moment he first stepped onto an NBA court, was set to be legendary. His legendary status probably started on this day when he led the Cavs to an overtime victory over the Pistons in Detroit in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron scored the last 25 points for the Cavs as he carried his team past one of the NBA’s greatest dynasties.
May 18, 2008
Maybe you don’t remember the whole game, or even when this game was played, but you will know what happened. With little time left in fourth quarter, LeBron put the game away over the Celtics in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals. But he did so thunderously, dunking over Kevin Garnett and letting it be known that LeBron James “has no regard for human life.”
May 22, 2009
Considered to be one of LeBron’s greatest shots of his career. LeBron made a game-winning three in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic. With a hand in his face and no clear look at the basket, LeBron hoisted up a prayer that just barely rattled in, keeping the Cavs’ hopes alive for the series. Unfortunately, the Cavs ended up losing the series in six games, but can we complain after that incredible shot?
December 2, 2010
The Cavs played a miserable game on this date against the Miami Heat, but it was still one of the most anticipated and watched Cavs games in recent memory. This is the first game the Cavs played against LeBron James, who at the time was the most hated man in Cleveland. The game was a blowout and LeBron lit up the scoreboard, but yet the insults and boos were still hurled at LeBron that night. Good times.
March 29, 2011
Same opponent as the last one, but this time the Cavs got their revenge on LeBron James, winning in convincing fashion. To an extent the win felt like winning the NBA championship and it was the only win that really mattered that year. And if you don’t remember, the Cavs’ leader that game was Baron Davis.
January 26, 2013
The LeBron era was replaced with the Kyrie era in 2011 and this 2013 game was just the beginning of Kyrie’s clutch ways. Kyrie buried a deep three in Toronto right before time expired, silencing the crowd while giving the Cavs a sneak peak of what was to come.
October 30, 2014
The four years of mediocre basketball in Cleveland came to an end when LeBron James decided to return to the Cavs in 2014. Squaring off against the Knicks, the season opener was overshadowed by the emotions of LeBron James and our excitement to see good Cavs basketball. Ironically, the Cavs lost the game, but with 81 more games to go with LeBron on the roster, nobody cared about the loss.
June 7, 2015
The Cavs won their first ever finals game in Game 2 against the Warriors on this day. A nail-biting, overtime finish at Oracle Arena that was highlighted by Matthew Dellavedova’s defense and his two clutch free throws that gave the Cavs a two point lead. Cleveland will never forget the intensity Delly brought to every game and this game was definitely his best.
May 5, 2016
In an Eastern Conference Semifinal game vs the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavs won in a blowout. But this blowout came with an NBA record as the Cavs nailed 25 threes. If 25 wasn’t enough already, they did it in a playoff game against a team who had the longest active playoff appearance streak in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs would later tie that record this season against the Hawks again.
June 19, 2016
No description needed. You should know what happened.
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