That's how LeBron James saw it.
Cavs forward LeBron James led the team with 35 points, surpassing Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time leading scorer in the playoffs. However, if you take the long-term organizational view it's far easier to understand why the Celtics should be extremely careful before mortgaging their future to improve their title odds today. Irving is just 25.
It's hard to argue that that this wasn't the most brutal sports trilogy of all-time.
So they must be massive favorites, right?
There will be an added dimension of motivation for this team and they now have Kevin Durant to add to their cause.
Avery Bradley knocked down a three-pointer with one-tenth of a second left, and the Boston Celtics completed a comeback from 21 points down to shock the Cavs, 111-108, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Cavaliers and Warriors split their two meetings this season, both winning at home. This is one of those little things most National Basketball Association fans don't notice - being part of an offense with ball movement and cutting, becoming solid defensively and all that detailed stuff coaches love. "I just have to keep going and figure out what I've got do to come back at the highest level possible". That's just the nature of a competitor. They clinched the Eastern Conference, and went reached the conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I wore short shorts so you could see my undershorts underneath".
That script, by itself, is just about ideal. We've got to come out and play. As the buzz builds, stars latch on, often jolted into the middle of the fray with their own rich backstory. But this isn't new territory for Durant.
The odds may have been against the Celtics before the conference series kicked off. Cleveland was the defending NBA Champions. After it went the distance past year, nothing should be ruled out between these two teams.
That's where the precedent is set for a player of Durant's caliber. He doesn't have the direct history with the Cavaliers that Mike Brown does.
One very good scenario, which is more likely than not, is that the Celtics can extend a core that can win 50-games in every season over a 10-year span or more. But it only lasted one, ending somewhat bitterly, as Gilbert fired him again just before LeBron returned. The Golden State Warriors emerged out West and overtook the Spurs. "The circle of life". Says Love said: "He wanted us, and he has us starting next Thursday". "Just to be a part of this is fantastic, so really just embracing that".
But not everyone has.
After this year's lackluster NBA playoffs, buckle up: The Warriors and Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. "A lot more words to say, but that's the gist of it". But this matchup, on the grandest stage, certainly isn't. "The great thing about this is the experience".
"Everyone wants to say, 'Ah man, this is boring and this, that and the other, ' but you usually don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore", Green said. Maybe there's a lack of appreciation for greatness. By joining the best overall team in the league, Durant made the dominant Warriors unfathomably dominant.
This is America, we want the stars doing battle and we want players we can hate, characters we can build up and tear down and we want drama. "It's too stressful, and I'm not stressed right now".