Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers did something no other team had ever done. They came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the NBA Championship. On top of that, the Cavs also snapped the city of Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought.
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Last season, the Cavs used a puzzle in the shape of the Larry O’Brien trophy to motivate themselves on their road to the championship. The puzzle has 16 pieces, representing the number of wins needed to hoist the trophy in triumph. In the video below, Cavs forward Richard Jefferson shows off the trophy via Snapchat.
A different player inserted a piece of the puzzle after every Cavs victory, and to complete the championship image, head coach Ty Lue placed the final piece (shaped like the state of Ohio) after his team beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Finals.
It seems the Cavs have brought back the same idea for this year’s playoffs, albeit with a new trophy puzzle. Following Cleveland’s sweep of the Indiana Pacers in the first round, the puzzle has four pieces thus far.
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Though it might seem silly as a motivator, it worked for the team last year, so why not try it again? Only 12 more pieces to go to complete the puzzle and enjoy another victory parade through the streets of Cleveland.