What if the Cleveland Cavaliers were to replicate winning the NBA Championship in the same fashion how Villanova University recently won their championship?
The 2016 NCAA Championship game was all a sports fan could ask for. North Carolina and Villanova battled all the way to the end to the last play.
Villanova had a three-point lead with less than fifteen seconds left, and that’s when North Carolina’s Marcus Paige got the ball. Paige dribbled around the top of the three-point arc, and wasn’t looking for a quick two.
Instead, he heaved up a heavily contested double clutch shot from deep and somehow it went in. The crowd including NBA legend and UNC alumnus Michael Jordan erupted, and it became a tied game.
However, there were 4.7 seconds left and the game was far from over. After a timeout, Villanova had to go the full length of the court, just to get up a respectable shot. Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono received the inbound pass, he quickly dribbled up the floor and passed the ball to Kris Jenkins. Off of an Arcidacono screen, enough space was then created for Jenkins to shoot.
The rest is history as Jenkins hit the shot, and the Villanova Wildcats are NCAA champions. It was a game for the ages. That game got me wondering…What if the Cleveland Cavaliers won a title in the same fashion — a buzzer beater to win a championship? It feels like something that should happen here.
It’s a very real possibility that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors could meet in the NBA Finals. Golden State is the best team in NBA and might be the best in regular season history when it’s all said and done. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are the best team in the East and with the best record will have home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
However, the road to get to the NBA Finals isn’t easy. The Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, and the LA Clippers, won’t just lay down in the Western Conference playoffs. The same goes for the Eastern Conference with tough and pesky teams like the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, or Toronto Raptors.
So what if these two teams did meet again? What if it did come down to a decisive last game? Whether it’s game six or game seven, could you imagine if it came down to the last twenty seconds?
Let’s go there, play out the final moments of the NCAA National Championship game but with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Dream with me…What if the Cleveland Cavaliers won a championship on a last second buzzer beater?
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