Staring at a 3-2 reverse in the NBA Finals, there are probably plenty of Cleveland Cavaliers fans who would privately admit they might have to settle for the runners up spot this time around.
Their talisman, LeBron James, however is not willing to let any doubts creep into his mind as he sets about bringing home a title to his home state.
Speaking to the media in the aftermath of last night's Game Five loss to the Golden State Warriors - a game in which LeBron produced a triple double performance - the four-time NBA MVP is convinced he and the Cavs still have the edge for one very simple reason.
“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world,” James explained in the manner only a true great of his sport could. "It's that simple."
“We’re going home with a game six and we’ve got enough to win it,” James continued. “We protect home, we come [back to Oakland]. We’ll worry about Tuesday first. But if we protect home like we’re capable of doing, we force a Game 7.”
The Golden State Warriors may well have the current NBA MVP on their side in the form of Steph Curry but, after LeBron's heroic performances in the Finals series to date, there can be few who would argue against his' confident claim.
With the loss of Kyrie Irving after Game One of the Finals, the responsibility on James to be at his best for Cleveland has been at an all-time high and it is largely down to his scoring ability that the Cavaliers remain in with a shot at winning the Larry O'Brian Trophy this year at all.
He is averaging a staggering 36.6 points per game through Game Five and is being widely touted as the NBA Finals MVP regardless of whether he ends up on losing side overall.
The last, and only, man to do that was the legendary Jerry West so it was apt that LeBron's triple double of 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists on Sunday night has only ever been matched by The Logo himself back in 1969.
Warriors still favorites
There is no doubt that with Steph Curry back firing on all cylinders and the momentum now in their direction, Golden State will fancy their chances of ending the title debate before a crunch Game Seven.
The odds might be stacking up against LeBron James to carry the Cavaliers over the finishing line but, even if the Warriors do find a way to limit him on his home court and claim the series in Six, the best player in the NBA right now has already done big things for his lasting legacy in the game.
Knowing James, though, that will do little to improve his mood should the Splash Brothers have the last laugh this month.
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After his heroic performances in the Finals series to date, LeBron's claim to be the
The way things are going LeBron James could be about to do something that only one other player in the history of the NBA has achieved - bring home the Finals MVP award despite being on the losing side.
LeBron put in a sterling effort last night in Game Five - registering a triple double - to boost his chances of picking up his third Most Valuable Player award.