On Friday evening, the Cleveland Cavaliers faithful had reason to feel content. There would be a Game 7 in Boston. More, as the Celtics climbed close late in Game 6, LeBron James again proved the remedy, sinking two decisive 3-pointers, as part of putting up 46 points, along with 11 rebounds and nine assists. He had five of the team’s nine makes in total from three-land.

If this was the last game James would play in a Cleveland jersey, free agency looming in the summer, what a way to close the show. His play was reflective of the heights he has reached during this year’s NBA playoffs, no matter the occasional fits of turnovers and bobbles at the foul line.

James has been magnificent.

And that applied to Sunday, the Cavaliers overcoming the absence of Kevin Love (concussion) and Boston streaks, 10-0 at home during the current playoffs and 37-0 over the years in those series in which the Celtics took a 2-0 lead in games. The James line, 35-15-9, playing all 48 minutes.

So the basketball world returns Thursday evening to where it has landed the past three seasons, the Cavaliers facing the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

No surprise the numbers wizards at the FiveThirtyEight website have the Warriors as 77 percent favorites. Golden State still has that formidable quartet of all-stars, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight calculates that the supporting cast around James is weaker than the version in 2007, when the San Antonio Spurs swept the Cavaliers for the title.

Cleveland will need every bit of the defensive grit the club showed in the final game against Boston, not to mention the poise it has displayed during a season of travails, from the Isaiah Thomas drama to the Tyrone Lue leave of absence. It also is true that in James’ 15th season, the faithful recognize the range of perspectives for assessment.

That isn’t to start making excuses. Rather, let’s not lose sight of James now making his eighth consecutive appearance in the Finals. Those who argue that Jack Nicklaus is the greatest golfer of all time have a strong card to play in his 19 second-place finishes in major tournaments, and 48 top-threes. (He won 18.) Long ago, questions surfaced about whether James was solid enough in the clutch. He now is the all-time scoring leader in Game 7s at 35 points per game.

James also counts among his achievements leading the one team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in games to take the Finals, and bring Cleveland its first pro title in 52 years. (Oh, that was Cleveland besting Golden State on the road in Game 7.)

Those who have been around Akron for some time learned early to appreciate his skills, knowing they are a rare sight. That goes to the “witness” thing. So let’s put aside even mentions of free agency, though Akron Public Schools students, especially, count on his presence and leadership. Enjoy the Cavaliers returning to the Finals. Good things happen with LeBron James on your side.