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Cavs in 7? Not Without Help

Gonna take more than just one good effort.

Golden State forked over its first game of the NBA playoffs on Friday in the 2017 NBA Finals. This led to the inevitable question as to whether it would be Cavs in 7.

This is to say, would Cleveland be the first team to come back from 0-3 down in an NBA series to win?

Keep in mind that no NBA playoff series has ever seen an 0-3 deficit erased. That’s in literally hundreds of playoff series over the years. In fact, only three teams down 0-3 forced a Game 7. Needless to say, all of them lost.

If any team is good enough to do it, it’s probably Cleveland. Yet, it’s not like they’re playing the School of the Blind. Golden State is 15-1 in the NBA playoffs this year. Further, their last three regular seasons have seen them go 207-39. What the hell else do you need them to do?

Now, I hear you saying that Golden State blew a 3-1 lead last year. The series is 3-1 now. Even that is rare, and for Cleveland to pull the trick back-to-back seasons would be historic to the point of appearing incredible.

Does the NBA want Cleveland to force a Game 7? Of course they do. The rest of the playoffs were a trainwreck and everything else felt like the preseason compared to these Finals. Everything led up to this and for the series to be a 4-5 game snooze wouldn’t be good for the head office. This is in spite of the fact that the ratings have been strong so far.

Cavs in 7: What’s It Going To Take?

For Cavs in 7 to happen, it would likely require a combination of the following:

  • Golden State having a total mental meltdown, such that every amateur sports psychologist on Twitter will take notice.
  • Cleveland, specifically LeBron and Kyrie Irving, showing up the Warriors’ stars routinely.
  • ”Creative” officiating by the NBA. Some would say we’re already there.

Don’t go off saying it’s a conspiracy if Cleveland takes this to Game 7, but the odds of lightning striking twice so soon are quite implausible.

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