They say revenge is a dish best served cold and on this night the Cavaliers certainly cooled down the Heat, 102-90. Cleveland avoided being swept by Miami this year and the fans were able to puff out their chest for at least one night, taunting their former King while they were on their way to winning, instead of being down by 25 or 30 points. Tonight was the last time LeBron will have to face the venom of his former subjects, at least until next season.
The Miami Heat lost this game, but it didn’t really feel like it meant that much. Listening to Bron after the game, you almost got the feeling that he felt bad about destroying the Cavs earlier in the year, and losing tonight might have made the fans feel a little less angry towards him. The game itself was pretty odd. It was a game of runs and the Heat only managed one good one; a 19-1 run in the third quarter that helped erase 23 point deficit. The biggest offensive star for Miami tonight wasn’t LeBron, who had a triple-double, or DWade, but instead it was Mike Bibby, who connected on 7 of 11 from the field, all of which were 3 pointer’s. The Heat’s newest addition finished with 23 points; his career high with the team. Unfortunately, neither Miami’s one good run, or Bibby’s strong effort, could save the Heat. They just gave up too many runs to what has been one of the worst teams in the NBA this season. The weirdest and most telling fact about the game; Miami never led. Not once.
Ultimately, this game was a lot more about LeBron and his former team than it was about two Eastern Conference teams playing each other. It was the first time all year that cameras caught fans sharing absolute joy about what was happening on the court. Towards the end of the game, the crowd started to really come to life. With every 3 pointer or dunk, the Arena roared louder and louder, until for the first time since James left, it felt like an excited basketball city. If all you did was listen to the crowd, you would’ve sworn it was a game from a year or two ago. Cleveland would have had more moments like this if LeBron had stayed, but at least for a night, the fans probably feel even better that he left and they got to beat him down. Subjects usually love to see the King fall.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).