Brian Windhorst of the atmosphere around the Cavs: “[…

Brian Windhorst of the atmosphere around the Cavs: “[After the championship], I think David Griffin got to smile for maybe two days [and] maybe even less for Dan Gilbert. There is an organizational fatigue. I saw this in Miami too, for sure. By the end of that four-year run, the organization was absolutely, completely devoid of energy. I’ll never forget the NBA Finals loss against the Spurs after Game 5 back in 2014. That’s when [San Antonio] had their revenge series and won, 4-1. Typically the locker room after losing the NBA Finals, it’s a very depressing place. Not only are the players completely gassed, but it’s a huge defeat – a defeat that sits on their permanent record. But that locker room [in 2014], I’ll never forget it, because there was such a sense of relief in there. It almost felt like the last day of school.”
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That’s why for him, the connectivity between tonight’s game and Boston’s ultimate goal – winning a championship – are intertwined in such a way that you can’t realistically look at one without acknowledgement of the other, which is why he’s operating on a level of focus unlike any prior to this point in his basketball career. “We’re two games away from going to the NBA Finals,” Brown told NBC Sports Boston. “And six [wins] away from doing something special. We’re too close and we came too far to not be focused.”