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"It happened, and I learned from it, and hopefully it makes me better this time around". Cleveland Cavaliers?in the Finals, ?sources have told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. He's 3-4 in the previous seven. He won a title in 2015 with the Warriors but didn't win the MVP. The Warriors won that series in six games for the franchise's first title since 1975.

In the real world, the Cavs completed an epic comeback past year to stun the Warriors and claim the NBA Finals title.

In the dawn of his return, the Cavaliers picked up right from where they left off placing second in the Eastern Conference with a 53-29 record. This is the seventh straight trip to the NBA Finals for James.

After a week of rest, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare for a third clash in the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

Fans and analysts criticized the Warriors championship victory calling it "lucky" and a "fluke". James has called Golden State a "juggernaut" but the Warriors aren't buying all that talk.

If the Warriors lose again, will Stephen Curry become know as a choker in the Finals? Warriors vs. Cavaliers Part III. He is the only player to lead two teams, Miami and Cleveland, to four NBA Finals.

Underdogs or not, Love and the Cavs seem to be ready for the challenge.

Durant punished Cleveland for leaving him free, taking the ball to the hoop for emphatic dunks as a man on a mission to deliver what he came for: a championship.

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Things turned south for Golden State when their heart and soul Draymond Green was suspended from game five for receiving a flagrant one technical foul after a scuffle with James. Green was also suspended by the league from game six. He sat out Game 5, allowing the Cavs to rally.

In the final three minutes of the fourth quarter, both teams were tied at 89 and neither side could buy a bucket.

As quickly as the Warriors can put up points, the Cavs can do the same.

Following that play, the Cavaliers had the ball and a chance to win the National Basketball Association championship. The total has gone over in 15 of the Cavaliers' last 21 games. Just like that, the 52-year championship drought ended and James fulfilled his long awaited promise to bring a championship back to his hometown.

Durant chose to join the Warriors last July after losing to them in the Western Conference finals for precisely this opportunity that's now before him. While Cleveland is a little healthier, Golden State picked up one of the best players in the world during the off season by signing Kevin Durant. Its only loss was Game 3 of the East Finals vs. Boston when James was fighting an illness and held to a shocking 11 points.

The compelling questions this time around is: Can LeBron and the Cavs go back to back against that juggernaut out West?

Anything less than a maiden National Basketball Association championship this year for Durant, a former MVP himself, would be a massive disappointment but the eight-times All-Star is not allowing himself to get caught up in the big picture. LeBron is averaging 32.5 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2.15 steals and 1.38 blocks per game in this year's playoffs.