But for the second year in a row, the Warriors are National Basketball Association champions.
All three title wins have come against the Cavs, with the series clincher coming in Cleveland for the second time.
Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled and controversial Game 1.
It must be noted that tip off was a little after 9 p.m. on the east coast.
"I think maybe the greatest testament to LeBron is that five years ago he was one of the top-five players of all time".
The Warriors have run into James for four consecutive years in the Finals and although they've got the better of him on three occasions, his individual numbers and performances over those four series have been truly remarkable.
Over the four games, he averaged 34 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 52.7 per cent from the field. But even if a team takes the bait and sends a high-level player back to Cleveland, it still might not be enough for James to choose his hometown squad over a more attractive destination. It's becoming more fair by the year. "You know, I watched that team a lot during the year".
James said he did not yet know where he would play next season.
"Does it matter?" Durant said of being picked over Curry.
LeBron stays, and the Cavs inject youth LeBron stays, and the Cavs add another star LeBron leaves, and the Cavs try to contend This scenario addresses of what could unfold if James leaves and the Cavaliers launch a full rebuild. "I don't think anybody's even anxious about that stuff". "Any question that kind of talks about the future and whatnot, you don't want to cheat the moment". Kevin Durant, look what he did for us past year. Golden State won the game 110-102. James' hand was so swollen after Game 1 that the initial MRI exam didn't reveal clear results.
As is the Warriors' tradition, they flipped the switch offensively to make a third-quarter comeback, outscoring Cleveland 31-23 in the period to take their first lead in the game.
"Individual accolades, they're awesome and when you get to experience what that feels like, it's a validation of all the hard work that you put into it".
Cleveland, Golden State, the Boston Celtics, the Houston Rockets, the Philadelphia 76ers, the LA Lakers and the Miami Heat will have conversations with James this summer. If the Cavaliers have to win this game, Kevin Love, JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and George Hill must step up. Had he signed a long-term max deal, he would have made $34.5 million past year, amounting to a $9.5 million discount. When James, who only attempted three shots from the floor during the second half, left the game with about four minutes to play, he did so to a standing ovation from a home crowd that were chanting "M-V-P, M-V-P".
LeBron James has until the end of June 29 to decide if he will opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become a free agent.