SAN FRANCISCO - The Cleveland Cavaliers arrived in San Francisco Tuesday to face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday.
The Cavs are staying at the St. Regis in San Francisco where a small handful of people hoping to score autographs waited outside this morning. The Cavs tweeted "Back to the Bay" from the plane along with #DefendTheLand
The team's Delta flight landed just after 11 a.m. As the Cavs de-planed, they stopped to take a team picture before boarding their bus.
Kevin Love posted the photo to Instagram. This will be the third year in a row the Cavs and Warriors face each other in the Finals.
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As the buses made their way to city, people like Darryl King Senior staked out the St. Regis Hotel. "Just here trying to get some autographs, I've done LeBron James before," said King.
As the buses arrived and the Cavs gathered their bags, only the coach stopped to sign a basketball. "I'm not bummed I've know those guys before they were even good," said King.
Most of the people who waited for autographs said they were actually Warriors fans.
Same for bus driver Peter Hanretty. "They're quiet very nice, not routy at all, they're exhausted after the flight I think," said Hanretty.
Since being a Cavs fan can be lonely in the Bay Area, Jordan Wheeler, who has lived here 11 years now, created a Facebook page to connect Cavs fans locally. A little over 270 people like and follow the page. "This year we will win it on our own turf and Cleveland will be lit up like Las Vegas," said Wheeler.
A prediction from one Cavs fan who is living in Dub Nation.
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