On Tuesday LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers completed the sweep on the Atlanta Hawks winning game 4 handily 118-88. James’ led the siege with 23 points and was complemented by Irving’s 16 points, Smith’s 18points, and Thompson’s 16 points. This was Cleveland’s best outing as a team all series and now they wait to face the winner of Golden State vs. Houston in the finals.
So how does this story go again?
Hometown prodigy leaves Cleveland in the dust, wins 2 rings in Miami, comes home to fulfill his destiny?
With Kevin Love out for the season and a banged up Irving missing significant time during the series, the Cavs Big 3 had seemingly been diminished to a “Big 1”. That one was LeBron James.
While James and the Cavs soared to victory in Games 1 and 2 in Atlanta, the biggest challenge came in game 3. Despite Irving in street clothes and an 0-10 shooting performance looming over James’ head at the end of the first quarter, James’ recuperated and showed his critics why he belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Basketball. James’ finished the game with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and a game winning 3-pointer that gave the Cavaliers a 112-11 lead with 36 seconds left in overtime. James single handedly sucked the life out of the Hawks and led the team to a 114-111 victory, giving the Cavaliers a 3-0 series lead. James averaged 30 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in the 4 game sweep.
James has punched his ticket to his fifth straight NBA finals appearance, the first player to do so since Bill Russell in 1966. With another championship this year not only will James be half way Michael Jordan’s ever elusive 6 titles, but he will also bring Cleveland its first championship in 50 years. Thus effectively taking the burden off his back of fulfilling his prophecy of being the savior of Cleveland.