LeBron James has truly seen it all this season in his first year back with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There was the poor team chemistry that led to a 19-20 record at the start of the season. Then came the rumblings that coach David Blatt would be fired during the team's early struggles. Reinforcements came with the acquisitions of Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, but then a season-ending injury knocked Kevin Love out of the playoffs, leaving Bron and a hobbled Kyrie Irving to fend off foes in the Eastern conference.
Through it all, James solidified his return to Cleveland, leading the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in a series sweep of the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. What a road it has been back to the Finals, Cleveland's first trip back since 2007 and James's fifth straight appearance personally.
"I don't know how many chapters we have in the book as far as this season, but there's at least five," James told ESPN after punching the Cavs's ticket to their second-ever Finals. "Just from the start of the season to us making the transaction to acquire [Smith] and then Shump and then Timofey, to us having injuries, to us getting in the postseason, to Kevin Love being out for the post season, to Kyrie getting banged up and being out for playoff games — we have so many different chapters to this season that's defined who we are."
Of course, the ultimate chapter would be Cleveland being crowned NBA champion. The Cavs must first await the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors with the Warriors owning a 3-1 series lead and Game 5 being played in Oakland on Wednesday night.
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