Cleveland Back on Top
For the first time in 52 years, a major sports championship was back in Cleveland. For half of a century Cleveland was the home to sports heartbreak.
The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, The Move, The Decision: All nicknames of the last time Cleveland fell short of winning a major sports championship. It was not until a year after the “The Return” that Cleveland finally brought its fans a championship.
I wanted to use this specific scene because it shows the winning shot of the 2016 NBA Finals. In the gif Kyrie Irving shots a 3 point shoots over Stephen Curry, the 2016 regular season MVP. The score was tied before this shot and it was the final field goal made during the game. It also on a deeper level represents the unanimous regular season MVP, who was playing defense failing on a critical play. Cleveland overcame a 3-1 game deficit to win the best of 7 game series. It was the first time in NBA history that a team won The Finals after trailing 3 games to 1.
Growing up and to this day I was a die hard Washington Wizards Fan. Anyone whose been a Wizard’s fan for long enough should know the Gilbert Arenas era when the Wizards were always snuffed by the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs from 2006 to 2008. Who remembers when James hit the game winning shot after blatantly traveling in game 3 of the NBA playoffs?
I grew up despising the Cleveland Cavaliers and always enjoyed their failure to win a title. Needless to say their victory hit me on a personal level.
Websites/Software Used: Giphy
Tags: AnimatedGIFAssignments, AnimatedGIFAssignments1780