Cavs NBA Champs Anniversary: These Untalked-About Key Moments


Eight years ago today on June 19th, 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame the 3-1 deficit and defeated the Golden State Warriors by a score of 93-89. What an incredible comeback and the ability to never give up showed on display in that series that we here in Cleveland and really around the world continue to celebrate.

Now, we all reference Kyrie Irving’s shot, LeBron James’ block and the stop of Kevin Love as key points to secure the win. I am, in no way, trying to dispute these historic plays. Here on the anniversary I just simply like to take a look at a couple of nuances that really do not get talked about with the win.

JR Smith’s Defense – (The Block)

LeBron’s block on Andre Iguodala with just under two minutes to go in the game then tied at 89 is arguably one of the best defensive plays in NBA History, especially with the circumstances. However, looking at the play and it was truly JR Smith’s defensive hindrance, keep in mind without fouling, that gave James the chance to rise up and make the play no one forgets.

Steph Curry Choked

Steph Curry is one of the greatest shooters to ever play the game yet he bricked a three in a tie game at 89 with just over a minute to go. Then, with Kevin Love’s defense and the Cavs up three Curry still had a chance once again to make a three to tie the game with just about 30 seconds left.

These two misses should be more of a stain on Curry’s career but they are not.

LeBron’s Foul Shot (The Closer)

The Cavs are up three and with 10.6 seconds left to go LeBron gets fouled after going up for a dunk and has two shots to secure the series. He misses the first – yikes. A single shot is left for him to make it a four-point game. Now, think of this. If LeBron misses the second, the Warriors have a chance to tie the game with a three and go to overtime.

Say James misses the second, the Warriors tie it with a three and go overtime and win it all. That is a stain that will forever tarnish LeBron’s career. Luckily, he stepped up and made the shot to make it a four-point game and a victory.

These crucial moments eight years ago today helped secure the Cavs’ title with such a great Game 7 victory. It’s a series comeback no one will ever forget!

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