Win, and make the NBA Finals? You’re celebrated like a hero. Lose and go home? They’ll plant a Crying Jordan face on you, and it turns into a viral meme.
That’s the end result of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers move on to their second consecutive NBA Finals, a first for the franchise; LeBron James and James Jones make it to the NBA Finals for a sixth straight time. The Raptors? After a record season in terms of regular season wins and how far they’ve gotten in the playoffs, it’s an early summer vacation for them.
Drake got more airtime than usual in front of NBA fans thanks to the Raptors going this far, but in the end, he’ll probably be hearing a lot of jokes from LeBron James. He even got taunted by him during the game, as the Cavaliers put their road game struggles behind them, and despite the fantastic crowd, looked as comfortable as can be.
Whoever comes from the West, the Cavaliers feel very confident they can get the job done this time. No injuries, and an overall feeling that this year, no matter the opponent, it’s going to be different, being a smarter, simply better team than before.