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Cavaliers used a secret motivational tool as they pieced together an NBA championship

Cavaliers used a secret motivational tool as they pieced together an NBA championship

One of the first steps the Cleveland Cavaliers took toward their first-ever NBA championship was taking a replica of the Larry O'Brien Trophy and cutting it into pieces.

Sixteen pieces – one for each postseason win they’d need to get the real trophy, according to a story on ESPN.com. Once the puzzle was complete, their dreams of an NBA title would be as well.

Coach Tyronn Lue put the final piece – cut in the shape of the state of Ohio – in place Sunday night after the Cavaliers completed their historic comeback from a 3-1...

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