Even if you don’t like basketball or LeBron, you should have a vested interest in a Cavs victory next week. After all, there are free tacos at stake.
For the second year in a row, Taco Bell will dole out one free Doritos Locos taco to everyone in the U.S. when the first team steals a Finals game on the road. That means if the Cavs pull off an upset in Oakland in Game 1 next Thursday night or in Game 2 on June 4, you’ll be able to snag a taco at your nearest Taco Bell on June 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The star-studded Golden State Warriors, champions of the NBA Western Conference, are insane and breathtaking to watch, but also no fun at all. From the moment Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer to join Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and the historically great Warriors—NBA champs in 2015, owners of the all-time single-season win record in ‘16—to form an unprecedented super team, their dominance was preordained.
Predictably, the Dubs sailed through the regular season, cruising to 67 wins and the #1 seed in the West. All they’ve done since the playoffs started is handily sweep their opponents to go a perfect 12-0 en route to their third straight NBA Finals appearance—the first team in history to accomplish that feat. As a result, however, they’ve made the NBA playoffs out West borderline unwatchable.
For the last month, we’ve simply bided our time, waiting for the Warriors to make mincemeat of their lesser competitors so they can square off in a rubber match against that other stacked squad back East, the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers, last year’s champs.
The 51-win Cavs have made their foes’ lives equally miserable for most of the season, but they’ve looked human and at times outright bad, at least compared to the impenetrable Warriors. That’s why when the two teams meet for the third year in a row in the NBA Finals next Thursday, we’ll be pulling for the underdog (lol) Cavs to put up a fight and take the series to seven games. They’re our only hope to make the action interesting.
Of course, if the Dubs are 2-0 when the series heads back to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4, you should just say fuck it and root for a Finals sweep. Remember: The first time a visiting team wins, that means free Mexican goodness in your mouth. If Golden State scores a victory on the road, you’ll also score a free taco, which is the important thing here. See when and where at Taco Bell’s website.