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Die-hard Cavs fans mow messages in yard, #defendtheland

Die-hard Cavs fans mow messages in yard. (Source: Buckeye Photography) Die-hard Cavs fans mow messages in yard. (Source: Buckeye Photography)
(Source: Tony Psaltis from Buckeye Photography) (Source: Tony Psaltis from Buckeye Photography)
AVON, OH (WOIO) -

The past two seasons have been two of the greatest for Cleveland Cavaliers fans.

Before LeBron James came back to 'The Land' it seemed like the rebuilding process was never going to end, something the Cavaliers franchise had become accustomed to doing.

But all that has since changed.

Proud to show their loyalty and support, two Cleveland Cavaliers fans in Avon, OH mowed pro-Cavs messages into their front lawns. 

"The inspiration for our yard/artwork comes from our daughter Morgan, who is a die-hard Cavs fans," said homeowner and season-ticket holders Mike and Donna Thomas. "It was probably a couple times of about 4 or 5 hours at a time. After we cut it, we had to blow all the extra grass out and then we went back with the weed wacker and tightened everything up."

Once the Thomas' cut this year's slogan 'DEFEND THE LAND' in their yard, it was easy for neighbors Matt and Kelly Clodwick to get in spirit. They cut 'CAVS' on their lawn.

"So they're the slogan, we're the Cavs," said Matt Clodwick.

"We try to make every game and when we can't make it to the watch parties, all of us in the neighborhood get together and watch the game," Donna Thomas added.  

Tony Psaltis noticed what his neighbors were doing so he sent his drone up to take a picture.

"When I first saw it I thought it was cool, and very timely as well," said Psaltis.

And this isn't the Thomas' first rodeo. Last year, during the 2015-16 season the entire neighborhood was 'ALL IN'.

And as good a job the dad's are doing on the lawns -- the children in the neighborhood are doing their part by decorating the sidewalks with chalk art.

Morgan, whose favorite player is Tristan Thompson, is hoping the Cavs come home with their second championship.

"I keep getting text messages from my friends like everywhere I look, it's your house and so one of my friends tagged me and said, look, I can see your house from here," Morgan said.

Many outside the neighborhood admired the yards after Psaltis' photos went viral. The owner of Buckeye Photography, Inc. says he's amazed. He says it's not until you see the messages from above that you get the full effect. 

"It's the power of social media so you get the word out there, people see it, the fans love it. It can't be any better than that," added Psaltis.

Thursday's meeting will be the third time in the past three years that the Cavs have met up with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, with each franchise winning one apiece.

No pressure at all.

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