The Cavaliers lost one game in the conference finals, but overall didn't really need a special effort to get through, despite being the #2 seed and not having home court advantage against the Boston Celtics in the conference finals.
"I'm going to be honest, I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State", LeBron James said after scoring 35 points in the Cavs' 135-102 Game 5 win over the Boston Celtics. Will they become the first team in National Basketball Association history to go undefeated in a postseason?
The Warriors appeared to be in the position to win back-to-back championships as they were on the verge of holding a 3-1 lead over the Cavaliers. He had taken his post-season career points total to 5,995 by the time he took a seat for the entire fourth quarter - along with the rest of Cleveland's starters.
For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals.
The three-pointer put the Cavaliers up by 32 points. They finished 19 of 41 Thursday.
I'm not sure any team has a more interesting offseason at hand than Boston.
The 109 points through three quarters marked the most the Celtics have allowed in the shot-clock era.
Boston would go on a late run to cut Cleveland's lead to 16, 73-57, just before the half, but would not be able to hold the momentum.
More germane to the present, the Cavs officially rebounded from their out-of-character Game 3 loss and shaky first half of Game 4 with a game and a half of vicious execution and momentum.
It is important to note that Thursday's game vs. Boston was LeBron's 212th playoff game.
Of course, one might say that the Spurs finally found a way to make the Warriors flinch or think, until Kawhi Leonard injured his ankle. "With that being said, tonight I'll start my prepping, and we'll see what happens".
He wasn't quite so dominant during his five games with the D-League's Maine Red Claws (12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 49.0 percent shooting), but he still flashed the sort of rebounding and playmaking that the Celtics, with their dearth of size and ball-handling, could use.