The following picture, from last night’s inspired Cavaliers win over the Miami Heat in Cleveland for the last time this season, gives us a pretty nice baseline when it comes to these two teams.
The only important piece not pictured is that LeBron James fellow. (He must have been in the restroom…)
You see, you’ve got the Cavaliers, represented here by Alonzo Gee on the rim, Ryan Hollins on the whatever, and Baron freaking Davis leading the way, finger in the air.
A patchwork roster of spare parts, stars with something left in the tank, and guys getting big playing time for the first time all season, Cleveland has made due with what it had available at the time. For the most part, they’ve never stopped trying to grind out wins, or at the least, 30-point quarters.
Then you have the Miami Heat, ironically represented here by Chris Bosh, because in Miami’s moments of futility this season, Bosh’s name has often been closely associated with whichever Heat Epic Fail you’re talking about.
I really enjoy that he finds his way into pictures like these. Really.
Lastly, you can see the Cavalier faithful going bonkers in the background. No matter the record, they’d have been out in full force last night with the return of LeBron James, but after every Cavs win I seem to find myself reading a quote from a player thanking the fans for showing their support. It certainly has been a different type of year than recent ones for Cavs fans.
And of course, James might not be in the picture, but when you looked at this, saw the Cavalier and Heat uniforms and the crowd cheering, you probably thought about LeBron anyway, right?
He’s the tie that makes any of this relevant at all. Otherwise, I’d be rather confused.