It’s a done deal. One half of the 2015 NBA Finals is set.
Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers made it official, beating the Atlanta Hawks very decisively, 118-88, which capped off a four-game sweep en route to capturing the Eastern Conference crown and a trip to the NBA Finals
LeBron James led the way scoring a team-high 23 points, joined by a pair of double-double outings from J.R. Smith (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Tristan Thompson (16 points and 11 rebounds). In this latest achievement by the Cavs, James is four games away from providing the city of Cleveland something they haven’t experienced since the Browns in 1964: a championship.
Assuming that the Western Conference’s No. 1-seeded Golden State Warriors will take care of the Houston Rockets tonight in Game 5 to finish off their series, projected ticket sales for a Cavs-Warriors Finals figure to be extremely high, as it’s a matchup featuring the best player in the world squaring off against the league’s MVP. In fact, the average ticket price for the opener at Oracle Arena is already listed at $1,328.40, with a get-in price of $593.
As a result, the entire country will be focused on this star-studded Finals showdown, which would begin in the Bay Area for Game 1. Days later, the series will shift to Cleveland, most likely drawing maximum capacity crowds as numerous people arrange their flock to the Quicken Loans arena for the continuation of this series. Cleveland hasn’t hosted a Finals game since 2007 and thus, you’ll want to cement your travel early with flights to Cleveland through Hipmunk. In addition, there are also countless cheap Cleveland hotel listings on Hipmunk, starting at only $45, located near The Q that make traveling to the games easy.
Once upon a time, James was attending Davidson games to watch Stephen Curry during his collegiate days, when he was, at that point, the best scorer in college basketball. Now, he’s on the brink of challenging the “Splash Brothers” and the rest of the Warriors for basketball supremacy, and based on the season the Cavs have endured, they should be up for the task.
Kevin Love’s arrival in Ohio was a major event over the summer, and in addition to Kyrie Irving, established a nice core to go along with The King. They also garnered head coach David Blatt from Europe, and despite the growing pains the team endured throughout the regular season, James will be the first player since Bill Russell to make five straight appearances in the NBA Finals.
This time, it will be sporting the first NBA jersey he ever wore. There were significant bumps along the road — not having Love for the remainder of the playoffs since the Boston series, surviving the Chicago Bulls, an ailing Irving — but James overcame the odds and will probably face a team that won’t compare to any other team he has faced in these playoffs.
The Warriors are the only other team in the NBA that finished the 2014-15 regular season with more than 60 wins. They are the best overall team in the league boasting Curry, a first-time All-Star in Klay Thompson, and a supporting cast that will present the Cavs with their toughest task yet. Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, Leandro Barbosa and David Lee all represent the seventh best bench in the league, offensively producing 34.7 points, 15.7 rebounds and 9.1 assists a game, and the Cavs will have to find a way to neutralize not only the bench, but the firepower that resides in their starting five.