I’m rooting for the Cavs for the sake of Cleveland

Published 5:57 pm Friday, June 3, 2016

The NBA final best of seven series between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, which began on Thursday, is a rematch of last year’s finals. There will be one key difference between now and when the teams met in the finals last season. Both teams will be at full strength.

Last season the Cavaliers Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were out with injuries for most of the series. They are both efficient three-point shooters, but the Warriors have arguably the top two three point shooters in the game in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The Cavaliers feature arguably the best overall player in the game in LeBron James.A native of Akron, just outside Cleveland, James was the first overall pick in the NBA draft by the Cavaliers in 2003. In 2010 he signed with the Miami Heat as a free agent, spurning his hometown team. He was part of two NBA championship Heat teams before resigning with the Cavaliers as a free agent in 2014.

I am not a fan of either the Warriors or the Cavaliers but I am kind of rooting for the Cavaliers because a Cleveland professional team has not won a championship in any sport since the Cleveland Browns shut out the Baltimore Colts 27-0 December 27, 1964 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium for the National Football League championship. Browns’ flanker Gary Collins caught three touchdown passes and was named the game’s most valuable player.

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I just think it would be nice for a city that has gone that long without a professional sports championship to finally get a chance to celebrate another. The teams are evenly matched, so however it ultimately comes out, it should be extremely exciting to watch.