The Cavaliers return to the NBA Finals with a full complement of players and are firing on all cylinders to face the Golden State Warriors.

LeBron James is the Cavaliers’ undisputed leader, and this year his two primary running mates, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, are happy and healthy.

Injuries sidelined Love and Irving during the playoffs last year and helped derail the Cavs’ chances of defeating the Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Warriors’ offense was too potent and their defense too aggressive as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green led them to the title in six games.

Now, the Cavs get a shot at winning the 2016 championship with what looks like the franchise’s most talented roster. Coach Tyronn Lue starts James, Irving, Love, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith, and then generally calls on reserves Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert.

James leads the Cavs in minutes (37.9), points (24.6), assists (7.0) and steals (2.2) in the playoffs. Irving is averaging 24.3 points and 5.1 assists in 35.8 minutes per playoff game, and Love is averaging 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per playoff game.

Here is a brief look at how the Cavs advanced through the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Quarterfinal sweep

The Detroit Pistons provided some resistance in the first-round series, but ultimately James, Irving and Love led the Cavs to a four-game sweep.

Irving averaged 27.5 points and 4.8 assists in the series. James averaged 22.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.8 steals, and Love averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds.

The Pistons gave a valiant effort with Marcus Morris, Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson each averaging between 14.3 and 17.8 points per game. The Cavs’ average margin of victory was 8.5 points.

The Cavs made a franchise-record 20 3-pointers in 38 attempts in Game 2, a 107-90 win at home. Smith made 7-of-11 attempts from deep. The 20 makes from beyond the 3-point arc tied the NBA playoff record, which the Cavs shattered in the next series.

Semifinal sweep

The Cavs utilized the 3-point shot to defeat the Atlanta Hawks four games to none in the semifinals. Love, Smith, Irving and Frye led the long-range shooting as the Cavs made 77-of-152 3-point attempts and won each game by an average of 12.5 points.

The 77 3-pointers is the highest by a team for any playoff series that lasted six or fewer games. The Cavs also became the first team, in the regular season or playoffs, to make at least 15 3-point shots in four consecutive games and to make 20 or more 3-point shots in two consecutive games.

The Cavs made a franchise and NBA record 25 3-pointers in 45 attempts in Game 2, a 123-98 win at home. Smith made 7-of-13 attempts from deep. The Cavs made a franchise and NBA record 18 in the first half and led 74-38 at halftime. The large lead allowed Lue to keep all of the starters’ minutes below 30 in the game.

Game 3 featured another impressive shooting performance by the Cavs in Atlanta as they made 21-of-39 3-point shots en route to a 121-108 victory. Frye made 7-of-9 3-pointers.

James averaged 24.3 points, Irving 21.3 and Love 19.0. Paul Millsap (17.3 points) and Dennis Schroder (15.3 points) paced the Hawks.

Overcoming two losses

The Cavs needed six games to dispatch the Toronto Raptors in the 2016 Eastern Conference finals. James, Irving and Love combined to score 83 points in Game 6, a 113-87 win in Toronto. James led the charge with 33 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Irving totaled 30 points and nine assists and Love contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cavs won the first two games at home 115-84 and 108-89, but then lost the next two games 99-84 and 105-99 when the series shifted to Toronto. James had a triple-double (23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists) in Game 2.

The Raptors were efficient in their wins with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Bismack Biyombo giving the Cavs fits, but the Cavs regrouped to win Game 5 116-78 with Love scoring 25 points and James and Irving each scoring 23 points.

The Cavs held the largest halftime lead in a conference finals game (65-34) and were ahead by as many as 43 points (114-71) following a Jefferson jump shot in the fourth quarter.

DeRozan scored 32 points in both Game 3 and 4 in Toronto, and Lowry scored 35 points in Game 4, but the high-scoring duo struggled to make shots in Cleveland.

The Game 6 win in Toronto was the third time the Cavs clinched a spot in the NBA Finals. This was the first time the Cavs did so as the away team after locking up berths at home in 2007 and 2015.

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.