That’s a way to describe these four games to start this series as the Cleveland Cavaliers faced the New York Knicks and are now down 3-1 in the series.
3-1. Hmmm. Sounds familiar?
Yes, why of course it does. The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals and the Cavs became champions. So why is this current matchup different?
Firstly, the Cavs still have this specific advantage in the sense that they have two home games remaining. In 2016, it was only one game compared to two road games.
Here’s the deal. Let’s say the Cavs win Game 5 at home.
It puts the pressure on the Knicks in Game 6 even if it is a road game for the Cavs at MSG. Then, if the Cavs are able to take that game, it makes Game 7 a home game and a chance for the Cavs to win it all. Imagine that home arena going absolutely crazy if it gets to that point…
Now, this is to not say that the series is going to be easy after all the Cavs just lost a 102-93 Game 4 on the road to make it a 3-1 series.
Looking back to 2016 and it’s quite a miracle the Cavs were able to not just rip off three wins, but two of those games were on the road (Game 5 & 7) These current Cavaliers only have to win one game on the road (Game 6).
Additionally, let’s remember that the pressure of this is much different as this is a first-round series compared to the Warriors series which was for the NBA Finals. Even if the Cavs win three straight and take the series, they still have a few more rounds to go if they are to be champs of anything.
Moving forward, the lesson that should be learned from 2016 is that it is possible for a team to make a comeback from down 3-1. Certainly, it’s going to be quite a challenge but the impossible is nothing as they say.
The guys that are going to have to both show up are Donovon Mitchell who sucked in Game 4 and Darius Garland who sucked in Game 3 if they want any type of chance, that’s for sure. Those two have been inconsistent and it’s hurt the team tremendously.
Game 5 is in Cleveland on Wednesday the 26th at 7 pm. That is where this heroic project begins.
Maybe this city will have yet another classic story of how its franchise overcame a 3-1 deficit in a playoff series. That would be a fun story to yet again tell to anyone that wants to listen.
Let’s take it one game at a time. It starts Wednesday night. #LetEmKnow