If media experts, league executives and the majority of fans are to be believed, it seems like a foregone conclusion that the NBA finals will feature the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers once again.
If that does happen, it will be the first time in NBA history that the same two teams will contest the championship in three consecutive years.
Recently, Warriors power forward Draymond Green made it clear that the Bay Area franchise want to play the Cavs again and as usual he didn't hold back on his comments.
"I want to destroy Cleveland. No ifs, ands or buts about it," he said.
That prompted a response from the Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert who told Complex magazine: "We gon' bust your a--. Period."
In an era with barely any rivalries in the league, this can certainly be construed as mini-rivalry based on the comments by the two players and the animosity between them.
Despite their comments, however, one man who won't be drawn on the topic is LeBron James.
The three-time champion has been to six straight finals but says the thought of playing the Warriors for the third year in a row hasn't crossed his mind.
"It would be selfish of me and foolish of me to think about playing the Warriors in another Finals," James said. "It would be disrespectful to my teammates, disrespectful to the rest of the league and disrespectful to the Warriors to even [entertain the thought]."
We're only a couple of weeks away from the first rematch between the teams since the unforgettable series in June as they headline the NBA's Christmas Day schedule.