With the enthralling Western Conference Finals series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors having reached its conclusion on Monday evening, the 2016 NBA Finals is set.
As in 2015, it will be the Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers and, speaking for the first time since his team's opponents were confirmed, Cavs talisman LeBron James has acknowledged the task that lies ahead - specifically, the challenge of limiting the Warriors' All-Star backcourt duo.
The four-time NBA MVP didn't attempt to downplay the talents of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, however. In fact, as reported by USA Today, LeBron handed out some extremely high praise:
"They shoot the ball extremely well," the Cleveland star explained. "Klay and Steph are probably the two greatest shooters that we've probably ever seen. Obviously in today's game they are.
"Some of the shots, there's nothing that you can do about it. Better offense beats great defense any day."
"It's hard to contain them...We all know that, the whole league knows that, our team knows that. But we have a game plan and we have to follow it and be true to it."
Ahead of what is sure to be an intense Finals series, you might think James would look to downplay the threat posed by his opponents. When it comes to the Warriors' Splash Bros. combination, though, people would see right through it.
Once again, as the Dubs rallied from 1-3 down to overcome the Thunder in the WCF series, Thompson and Curry stepped up to the plate to show their class.
As OKC found out to their cost when Thompson dropped 41 points (including 11 threes) in a season-saving game six, sometimes there is very little you can do to stop him and his unanimous MVP teammate.
The likes of Reggie Miller, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan may argue with James' 'best shooters ever' praise, but there is no doubt that, if the Cavs are going to bring home a first-ever Larry O'Brien Trophy to Cleveland, they will have to find a way to limit the otherworldly shooting of the GSW backcourt.
LeBron is convinced he and his teammates are prepared for the challenge that lies ahead:
"I think everybody knows a lot about (the Warriors)," he said. "It doesn't mean anything. You still gotta try to stop them, and that's a tall task.
"They're a well-oiled machine, obviously well coached and got so many great players on their team. So it's going to be very challenging for us, and we have to be ready for it."
James and co. have only lost two games en route to their second straight NBA Finals appearance, so they will pose their own problems for the Warriors in the coming weeks.
Just who will come out on top, however, is anyone's guess right now. And that is what makes the 2016 Finals a must-see event.