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LeBron declines to draw 3-1 lead comparison to 2017 Finals

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The Cavaliers have been in this spot before, but LeBron knows it’s no advantage.

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If you can believe it, after the Cavaliers won Game 4 of the NBA Finals in blowout fashion, there were a torrent of 3-1 jokes that spilled into social media.

LeBron James knows that this isn’t the same situation, and it’s certainly not the same team that the Cavaliers faced last year. Here’s what he had to say when asked if it felt like Deja Vu and whether the Cavaliers have the Warriors right where they want them.

No, they got us where they want us. Listen, at the end of the day, we want to just try to put ourself in position to play another game, and we did that tonight and hopefully we can do it Monday night where we can come back here. So our mindset is try to go up there and get one. Which is probably one of the toughest environments we have in this league, along with our building. And so we look forward to the challenge and the matchup.

Any discussions that compare this year’s situation to last year need to start and stop with the addition of Kevin Durant. Also, three wins in a row is tough enough against the Warriors of last year; four in a row against this team stretches the imagination.

That said, if the Cavaliers can continue to take care of business one game at a time and steal Game 5 at Oracle? Well, then we’ve got ourselves a series. Game 5 tips in Oakland at 9 PM.