Cavs clinch title berth; What it means for Cleveland

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LeBron James slams home a breakaway dunk. James averaged a double-double in points and rebound in the series against the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavaliers will face the winner of the Rockets and Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals.

William Coleman, Staff Writer

The brooms were out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday May 26 as the Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks to win and sweep the series four games to none. This series victory means that the Cavs will be playing in the 2015 NBA Finals.

“I was so excited when I watched the game on Tuesday,” said sophomore Josh Rosen. “It’s been a long time coming since the Cavs were last in the finals.”

Star forward for Cleveland LeBron James will be playing in the finals for a fifth straight year after making four consecutive championships with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. In the middle of the 2014 offseason, James decided to leave Miami and resign with his first team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I think LeBron made the right choice to come back to Cleveland,” said sophomore Matt Miller. “The city deserves it after the way he left us in 2010.”

Prior to 2014-15 season, James had played in Cleveland for seven years. He lead them to the finals once where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Now, with five finals appearances under his belt, experience should not be an issue for James.

When the Cavs were trumped by the Spurs, the year was 2007. The last time before 2007 that a major Cleveland sports team made it to the championship game or series was the Indians in 1997. Also, the last time any Cleveland team won a title was when the Browns won in 1964.

“Being that Cleveland hasn’t won a title in any major sport in almost 20 years, I think they have more motivation than ever to bring a title back home,” said freshman Dylan Sleyo.

Making it to a title game is huge for the entire city of Cleveland. Eight years is a long time to go without a successful season with such passionate fan bases. On top of the fans, a title appearance gives something for the Indians and Browns to feed off of for the next year.