I try not to swear a lot on this site but...
The Cleveland Cavaliers led by as many as 27-points before the Miami Heat were like "oh crap, we're way better than these scrubs" and came roaring back. Once the lead was gone, it seemed like a mere formality that LeBron James would lead them to their 24th straight victory, 98-95.
While it really really sucks that they blew that lead, keep in mind that there was absolutely no reason that they should have been in this game. Without Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Anderson Varejao, it was always going to be a near impossible task. The guys who were able to suit up played their goddamn asses off and there's not a whole lot you can do when LeBron James turns into Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds.
Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller played some great basketball to take advantage of Miami's weak front court. Wayne Ellington and C.J. Miles shot the ball pretty well and Shaun Livingston made some great plays all night long. In the end, it just was not enough.
The main stream media will be sure to focus on the grit and determination that it took Miami to overcome a dominant Luke Walton-led team. And they'll focus on the crazy fan that ran onto the court or the scoreboard malfunction as the typical "LOLOL CLEVELAND SUCKS" laughing points. But as Cavs fans we ought to recognize the phenomenal effort that this shorthanded team gave us. They came ready to play. Even once they blew the lead, they didn't roll over and die. Would it have been nice to win? Yeah, no shit. But I can't hate on the Cavs' effort. And I can't hate on Byron Scott for this one either. He had his team ready to play basketball and they did that. Unfortunately, he didn't have them ready to get plowed over by a runaway tank. That's what happened and there's not a whole lot you can do about it.
To briefly address the whole "pathetic Cleveland fan" narrative that you'll see on ESPN or wherever after this one with regards to the fan that ran on the court --- obviously he's not representative of the entire fan base. There are idiots in Cleveland. There are idiots in Miami. There are idiots everywhere. The arena security should have done a better job controlling the situation and had to have known that there was a chance something like that happened. This kid wasn't violent, but he could have been.
And if people are still wondering why Cleveland fans are upset about LeBron leaving, it's because HE DOES STUFF LIKE THAT. His team was completely dead and he was having a terrible game. And then he turned it on to finish with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He's the greatest player in the entire world and he was on our team. And then he left. And now we suck. You'd be pretty mad too.
I give you guys props. The game thread was the epitome of Cleveland fans -- and that's a good thing. We have an incredibly passionate community here at Fear the Sword and we all seemingly exhibit the same Cleveland paranoia during any type of big game. Once the lead shrunk, we knew it was only a matter of time before something terrible happened. This is Cleveland. For whatever reason, this is how it goes for us. We'll have better days. Or maybe not. But either way I'm glad to be a part of such a resilient and proud fan base.
It's just one game -- we'll get the next one.
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