The NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, but the Cleveland Cavaliers took last night to celebrate getting there. While it was a foregone conclusion for many that the Cavs would get back to the Finals, there were no shortage of questions about a team that fired its coach halfway through the season. Many of the questions surrounded the team's most talented players, and whether or not they got along, or whether or not they were really good enough, both individually and collectively.
Many articles have been and will be written about the team's chemistry coming around. Channing Frye has been a huge addition. Tyronn Lue deserves a lot of credit. Perhaps a lot of the consternation has always been overblown. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, for example, have always gotten along. But they fired their coach, and they probably underperformed a bit during the regular season.
All of this makes the moment even more important to savor. Love and Irving, in particular, have heard constant questions about their games and fit in Cleveland since LeBron James came to town. Perhaps a picture is worth 1000 words.