It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason. After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over Boston, the Cavs were humbled at home in a Game 3 loss, and needed a 42-point night from Kyrie Irving to battle back from a 16-point hole and win Game 4. The chatter about an NBA Finals’ matchup of two teams with unblemished playoff records is gone, but the challenge from the Celtics has sharpened the focus of the defending champs.
With the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers about to meet in another NBA Finals, the rest of the league is already looking to improve for the 2017-2018 season. Much of the speculation has been surrounding the likes of Gordon Hayward, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap, all of whom could be All-Stars next season. Lesser players like Derrick Rose and Otto Porter are also looking for contracts this summer, and the San Antonio Spurs have begun eyeing potential targets this offseason.
Welcome to the refreshed Fear the Sword! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! Here, a few of Fear the Sword’s contributors share their first Cavs memory and their favorite Cavs memory: Chris Manning: I was just starting fourth grade when LeBron started his NBA career. While I know I loved and watched the Cavs before, my first