The regular season was a turbulent time for the Cleveland Cavaliers that saw a period of supposed dressing room unrest culminate in the dismissal of coach David Blatt, despite the franchise sitting atop of the Eastern Conference.
However, the playoffs have seen the birth of a different animal as the Cavaliers have enjoyed near total dominance on their way to a 2-1 Eastern Conference Finals series lead over the Toronto Raptors.
Speaking before Saturday night's game at the Air Canada Centre - Cleveland's first defeat in the playoffs after blowing out the Pistons and Hawks - Blatt insisted he felt no resentment towards the franchise, and claimed they were the favourites to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy.
As per ESPN, he said: "I think that the players and the coaching staff are doing a terrific job, I really do. And I think the fact that they are healthy and have actually even added a piece or two makes them the team to beat right now, in my opinion."
The Cavaliers were poor during game three in Canada as Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving failed to get into any sort of rhythm from the field. But they are still odds-on favourites to reach the Finals with homecourt advantage in their favour.
However, facing up against the best from the west is a completely different challenge to what they have overcome so far. The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder are more than capable of matching the Cavs on a nightly basis.
It may be a little too early for the favourites tag.