Everyone who is a Cleveland Sports Fan loves to celebrate the classic 3-1 Day (March 1st) each year. It represents the Cleveland Cavaliers coming back from down three games to one and beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals to ultimately win the NBA Finals and give this city a title.
Now, why is this year more special than most? Well, it’s the year.
Specifically the 23 and the representation of that number and a certain someone that wore it.
Legend LeBron James.
While he doesn’t play on the Cavaliers anymore, he did fulfill his promise to bring a championship to the City of Cleveland and that will never be forgotten.
LeBron was quoted in the past as saying, “I got a goal, and it’s a huge goal and that’s to bring an NBA championship here to Cleveland and I won’t stop until I get it.”
After winning the title and being interviewed postgame, this is what The King had to say about it all:
“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, 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!”
Now, we all remember LeBron’s historic block in Game 7 of the Finals to stop Warriors’ Andre Iguodala. With less than two minutes on the clock tied at 89, the Warriors had a fast break and LeBron was able to block Iggy from making a layup.
For The ’16 Finals as a whole, James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from deep. Historic numbers for sure from the legend himself.
I always say this and I will say it again here. Never forget Game 5 also. The Cavs are down 3-1 and on the road with little hope remaining. The team destroyed the Warriors by a score of 112-97.
James had 41 points 16/30 shooting, 16 rebounds and seven assists. Insane numbers to give the squad a fighting chance with a home Game 6 next and then, of course, the Game 7 with the historic plays we all talk about.
The next special 3-1 like this will be 100 years from now in 2123. Our kids, kids, kids, kids will be talking about it.