After LeBron James led the Cavaliers to a NBA Finals Game 3 win over the Warriors with 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, the Cavs looked to put a stamp on the series with a Game 4 victory.
Instead, the Warriors made the necessary adjustments and throttled the Cavs in Cleveland, 103-82, to tie the series as it heads back to Oakland.
Is James worried about heading back to the Golden State and into the hostile environment of Oracle Arena? According to him, not one bit.
At his postgame press conference after the Cavs' loss in Game 4, LeBron was asked if heading back to Oracle and losing home court advantage in these NBA Finals were the biggest challenge in his career. He quickly downplayed this notion.
"Game 5 in Golden State is not that big," James said on the series shifting to Oracle Arena.
Instead, he turned to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Boston Celtics in 2012 at Boston when he played for the Miami Heat. His reasoning relied heavily on the fact that he had lost multiple times to the Celtics in their arena and at the time, the Heat hadn't won a single playoff game vs. the Celtics in Boston.
"Biggest challenge of my career was being down 3-2 going into Boston," the 11-year vet said.
James went on to score 45 points with 15 rebounds and five assists to lead the Heat to the victory on the way to his first career NBA Finals title back in 2012.
Despite the fact the Warriors went 39-2 at home in the regular season and are 8-2 at Oracle in the playoffs, James brushed aside the magnitude of the series shifting locations.
In the first two NBA Finals games at Oracle, James averaged 41.5 points, 12 rebounds and 8.5 assists, but only shot 39.7 percent (29-for-73) from the field as each team took one game apiece. Now, we'll have to wait and see how the Warriors fans react in Game 5 at a jam-packed Oracle Arena.