By: Rossy Pasternak
On what could have been the best television night of the year, I was without access to a television. Pre-occupied at an event, I have to admit, I only caught glimpses of the game, and even those glimpses were watched on an iPhone.
U.S Open – Dustin Johnson wins his first major.
The NBA Finals, Game 7. The King vs. The Best Team in History.
Game of Thrones, Episode 9. The Battle of the Bastards.
And I was deprived of all three (until I watched them later on, thank you DVR!)
I am a Thrones fanatic, both having read the books and watched the show religiously. Even with my fandom and obsession with Thrones, I could not prioritize it over what could be one of the most legendary Game 7’s in NBA, or even sports, history. One parallel I could draw from both magnificent on-screen battles last night is that the hero has returned home victorious.
Much like Jon Snow returning home to the satisfactory scene of him pummelling Ramsay Bolton into the cold ground, the images of LeBron James returning to Cleveland with the Larry O’Brien trophy in hand will be ingrained in my mind forever.
James, much like Snow, fought against impossible odds, vastly outnumbered, and mistakenly under-estimated.
Curry and the Warriors, much like Ramsay Bolton, had huge advantages. The Warriors had been up 3-1 in the series, and had two chances to close it out at home. The Warriors had also not lost three games in a row all season. Bolton had triple the amount of soldiers and training than Snow. Bolton also had Winterfell, an impenetrable castle that could not be defeated.
So, how did it go wrong for the favourites?
The Warriors’ problems began when the heart and soul of their team, Draymond Green, stupidly retaliated to being stepped over by James. I get that being stepped over is disrespectful and such, but in as big of a moment as he was in, Green has to tough it up and take one for the team. Green did place the blame for the series loss on himself, and I give him props for that. It takes a lot of courage to blame yourself for something as catastrophic as blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals when you are on the best regular season team in the history of the NBA.
And yes, now that this season has passed without the Warriors raising the Larry O’Brien Trophy, they will be regarded as the best regular season team of all-time, not the best team of all time.
But the blame does not fall solely on Green. Steph Curry could not come up big when needed. Neither could Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, or any of the supporting players. The Warriors got out-played and out-classed in big-time moments, and that is what cost them the best season in the history of basketball – if not sports.
As for James and his Cavs, this feat should go down as the Franchise’s (and by that, I mean both James and the Cavs) signature moment. Although it was Kyrie Irving who ended the game with his clutch three pointer in the final minute, it was James who carried the team to their first ever title. As the buzzer sounded, and the media rushed the court looking to capture the moment, LeBron James could be found on the floor, filled with emotions of joy and disbelief; for what some had said was improbable, and what a select few even said was impossible, had finally happened:
LeBron had brought a championship back home to the City of Cleveland.
Cleveland, your hero has returned victorious. He came back to you, just as Jon Snow came back from the dead, and delivered victory to your front gates.
Soak it in, Cleveland, because as Game of Thrones has taught all of its viewers: happy endings rarely last, but boy, are they sweet.
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