It’s quite uncommon for a team to come back from down three games to one in a playoff series. Take a look at this statistic:
— Cleveland Sports Talk (@CLEsportsTalk) May 9, 2023
There is a reason for that laughter and it is of course referring back to the 2016 Playoffs when the Cavs came back down 3-1 to the Warriors and ended up winning the NBA Finals in seven games. It’s a series that one will never forget, especially in the Cleveland area.
Now, we fast forward a bit and a lot has changed for everyone including LeBron himself. He’s now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and they are now facing those same Warriors in the Western Conference Semi-Finals and leading the series by guess how much?
Take a stab at it!
Game 5 is Wednesday night at the Chase Center – 10 p.m. Cleveland time.
Now, many would think that this series is over with the odds of the Warriors winning three straight being very unlikely. However, taking a look at past history of his own and LeBron is certainly going to remind his team of what could end up happening if the Lakers aren’t careful.
Do I believe the Lakers will end up winning this series?
Yes, of course.
Even so, that’s what everyone thought back in 2016 and look at how that series finished out for Steph and Company.
LeBron is going to have to rally his troops and find a way to salvage one more game in order to make it to the Western Conference Finals. That would be against either the Denver Nuggets or Phoenix Suns battling it out tied at 2-2 in their series.
Does this have anything to do with the Cavs?
Well, if one cares about LeBron, the man who did lead the Cavs to their first-ever title, then yes. If LeBron is able to win another championship as a member of the Lakers. Well, this will certainly solidify him as the GOAT, in my estimation. Frankly, I already feel like he has done so and this would just add to it.
Who is going to make that huge play as a member of the Lakers to finalize the current series as such? Remember Kyrie’s Shot, LeBron’s Block and K Love’s Stop? That will be interesting to see in the close-out game for Los Angeles.
If the Lakers end up blowing this thing then that 3-1 may carry a sour meaning more than a good one for The King and his future legacy.
My favorite LeBron quote from HIS 3-1 Comeback:
“I gave everything that I have. I put my heart and my blood and my sweat and my tears in this game and—against all odds, against all odds, I don’t know why we want to take the hardest road. I don’t know why the man above gave me the hardest road but there’s nothing the man above going to put new situations that you can’t handle,” he shared. “And I just kept the same, positive at attitude like, instead of saying why me? I was saying this is what he wanted me to do. Cleveland this is for you!”
Let’s see if he’ll have to whip up another quote after defeating the Warriors…AGAIN!