Commentary: Statistics are not on the Cavs' side. So, why hope?

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 18:23:41-04

The Cavaliers are down 3-1 in their finals series with Golden State. Neither history nor math are on the Cavaliers side. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in The Finals to win a title. A total of 32 teams have tried and failed. It seems pretty hopeless, right? 

I bet a know a few people who would disagree. The English Premier league Leicester City won a championship despite the betting world giving them a 5,000 to 1 chance to do so.

Or how about the 2001-2002 New England Patriots. Coming off a 5-11 season, no one even thought they’d be Super Bowl contenders. The then-second-year quarterback, Tom Brady, led them all the way to the final game where they defeated The Best Show on Turf, the St. Louis Rams, to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Then there is Holly Holm. She was the brave soul that took on an undefeated Ronda Rousey. She shocked the world when she knocked Rousey out in the second round. 

Athletes defy odds all the time, that’s why games are played. That’s why it isn’t over until its actually over.  The history and the statistics are talking points not magic eight balls.

The numbers for the Cavs don’t look good but thankfully games are not decided by math equations and the past doesn't put points on the board. 

It’s confidence. It’s spirit. It’s heart. That’s what matters. That’s what wills teams to win. 

Don’t look at the past. Don’t dig up old numbers. You must have hope, because without hope there is no way you can possibly believe.