Hey, you. Yeah, you. Heads up: there's important basketball being played tonight. Like, very important basketball.
Game 7 of the NBA Finals tips off at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. The game pits the Cavs against the Warriors. Odds are good your social media timelines will be flooded with reactions, GIFs, and general #content about the game.
In preparation, here's a primer on what you may have missed, and what you have to look forward to.
Tell me about the sports part!
This has been the series to end all series, in terms of drama, but basketball-wise? Not all that competitive. Both teams have put up inspired stretches of basketball, but rarely have they matched up. No game has been decided by fewer than 14 points.
In Game 1, the Warriors won so handily that All-Stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson didn't have to do hardly anything to win by 15 points. In Game 2, Golden State more than doubled that margin of victory, toppling the Cavs, 110-77.
It was getting bad, fast.
But LeBron wasn't going quietly into the night just like that. He scored 32 points, the Cavs won by 30 (!), and all of a sudden we had a series.
Game 4 swung back in favor of the Warriors, who won by 21 points to take a 3-1 lead. (Golden State has won three games in this series by an average of 19.6 points per game, which is not normal for a series heading to Game 7.)
BUT, HARK! WHAT GOES THERE? It appears to be... the LeBron-and-Kyrie revolution!
In Game 5, with Draymond Green suspended because of an interesting altercation with LeBron, the Cavs got 82 points from Kyrie and the King, lifting Cleveland to an 112-97 win and bringing the series back home.
Then, in Game 6, LeBron scored 41 more points -- with Draymond playing -- and Steph Curry was ejected late in the game for weaponizing oral hardware, and POOF! We have Game 7 on the horizon.
Internet highlights? We've got your internet highlights.
For starters, this dunk from LeBron in Game 5 set the internet ablaze.
As did this dunk in Game 6.
But the most enduring parts of this series' internet highlights have been the non-basketball topics.
Since the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about Curry's shoes getting roasted online, the Cavaliers have won two games by a combined 29 points and Curry has shot 39 percent from the field while earning his first ejection since 2013. Coincidence?
It probably *isn't* a coincidence that since Draymond Green, and then the rest of the Warriors -- and then Skip Bayless -- decided to take the casual sexist route against LeBron James in/after Game 5, he has played some of the most inspired basketball of his career.
In a career full of missteps, Bayless's decision to call James an historically demeaning term for a woman -- on top all of the tremendously obvious shortcomings of that decision, which deserve their own post -- simply added fuel to the fire burning inside a man, James, who has spent a decade proving Bayless's hot takes wrong with systematic efficiency.
LeBron's put on a damn show on the offensive end, as we've already talked about. But his defense has been equally impressive, and led to delightful internet fodder, like this chiding of Steph Curry after a particularly vicious block late in Game 6.
And, of course, Steph Curry's wife, Ayesha, decided the NBA was rigged -- for money! -- after the Warriors' superstar was ejected for throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd after fouling out.
So, yeah, a lot has happened on the internet.
What's left to be said?
With a second NBA Finals trophy, Steph Curry can both cement this two-season stretch as quite possibly the most dominant individual stretch since Michael Jordan's second three-peat with the Bulls. He has turned the league on its head, and two championships in two years would go a long way towards immortalizing this already sterling stretch of basketball.
Elsewhere, there's the storyline of team-versus-team. We've seen an already enticing rivalry take another step, turning into a tantalizing, towering two-team tussle. If the Cavs win, the two will be tied at one apiece. If the Warriors best Cleveland again, Golden State will inarguably be the greater of the two. So the legacy of this rivalry (for now) is effectively on the line.
In the end, though, this series has been about LeBron James, as is so often the case in this league.
He has dominated the stat sheet and dictated play, as shown above. He has rallied his team from a two-game deficit, forcing a Game 7 in the Finals after trailing 3-1 for the first time in decades.
And now, he has a chance to become the most beloved man in Cleveland since Jim Brown by winning the Cavaliers their first NBA championship. The circle can complete itself, LeBron transitioning from chosen one, to rued betrayer, to prodigal son returned, all the way to leader-in-excelsior.
One man's prediction? The Cavs pull off the comeback, and LeBron launches his bid for Mayor of Cleveland in the postgame locker room.