There’s a sense of déjà vu for the Cleveland Cavaliers as we entered Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
LeBron James and co. find themselves in a bit of a hole early in the series, down 2-0 to the Western Conference’s top seed, the Golden State Warriors and quite frankly, they’ve been handled comfortably thus far.
The Cavs lost Game 1 by 22 points and Game 2 by 19 points – they’re not even really competing with the Warriors at the moment which may raise an eyebrow or two on the Cleveland bench.
However, we know that the Cavs can dig themselves out of even the biggest of holes and they will go on to win back-to-back NBA crowns. You can check out CrownBet’s NBA odds for predictions for the Cavs.
Cast your minds back a year ago. The Cavs have started slowly in in the NBA Finals against none other than the Golden State Warriors, falling to an early 2-0 series deficit thanks to some pretty lousy performances on the west coast, losing both games by 30+ points leading some to draw the conclusion that this is going to be one of the most one-sided series in NBA history.
It was Game 3 where a galvanised LeBron James took the Finals by the scruff of the neck and began to carry the Cavs back into the series.
Like last year, the opening two games of the Finals were in the Warriors’ back yard, with the following two taking place at the Quicken Loans Arena, handing the Cavs the initiative to battle back into it.
And that’s exactly what they did. James posted 32 points in Game 3 last year as the Cavs pulled one back on the Warriors and while they did drop Game 4 to fall to a 3-1 deficit, we all know what happened next as the Cavs turned the basketball world on its head to win three games on the spin and claim the NBA title.
Back in the present day, the Cavs find themselves two games back and have back-to-back games in front of their own fans where they can use their superb home advantage to get back on an even keel with the Warriors.
If there’s any man and any team out there that knows what it takes to dig themselves out of a hole in the most critical of situations, it’s LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors are mentally stronger than they were last year and will be battle-hardened by the experience, but the sheer determination and the will to win of the Cavs will be enough to not only battle back into the series but once again topple the Warriors.