The Quicken Loans Arena. “The Q” is what fans of Cleveland call this arena. To be honest, I do not know what to say about this season. Having King James return and watching just about every single regular season game along with religiously watching every single playoff game, if I should be proud of the fact that we made it to the championship series or sad that we were only two games away from winning the championship title.
Luckily, I have a couple of friends who have extensive connections. My friends are actually the reason I was able to attend two of the games in the NBA Finals series, both of which were in The Q. I still remember getting the phone call from my friend Kelly telling me that she had scored tickets for myself and a couple of other friends. I could barely respond, as going to the Finals (especially at The Q), had always been a dream of mine. I had been to a handful of games at The Q during the regular season and ending the season as the second seed team in the Eastern conference, right beneath the Atlanta Hawks, had definitely left fellow Cavs fans and myself very confident. After making it to the finals, I knew that our confidence was through the roof, and that The Q would be going wild during the championship series.
With all of this backstory, I firmly believe that my friends and I were able to attend the best game of the series, Game 3. Game 3 of the NBA Finals is forever engrained in my memory, and is something that I will never forget until the day I die. The first three quarters of that game are what allowed the Cavaliers to ease up during the end of the game, regardless of being outscored by 12 points in the 4th quarter, and still coming out with a victory. Watching Matthew Dellavedova step up to the plate as a second string point was electrifying the audience. Both him and Lebron had everyone in The Q on their feet, jumping and screaming.
I am huge NBA fan and also look to obtain a great depth of knowledge when it comes to teams and individual players. With my wide breadth of knowledge, I knew that I was watching history unfold in front of my eyes every single time King James stepped out on to the court to work his magic. There are many fans who will say that Lebron was a “ball hog” or “selfish” during the finals, however, from watching the game live, scoring 40 points and getting 12 boards, without having the other two stars of the team – Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – King James just wanted to win. It didn’t matter how many points he scored or what he did, Lebron had one goal in mind, bring home the championship trophy to Cleveland.
Though we did not end up with the trophy at the end of the series, the road to the finals was definitely exhilarating to watch. I am happy to find out that even after Kevin Love’s one year contract had recently expired, Love resigned with Cavaliers on a 5 year, $110 million dollar contract. I have faith that next season will be one to look forward to, as the Cavaliers will be returning to the NBA with a vengeance and a hunger to bring Cleveland its first championship title.