It's the Anniversary of Klay Thompson Calling Out LeBron James and Triggering the 3-1 Comeback

Klay Thompson may be regretting his words to LeBron James  and the Cavaliers today.
Klay Thompson may be regretting his words to LeBron James and the Cavaliers today. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

While the Golden State Warriors dynasty won three Finals over a five-year span, one of the most notable moments of their entire run remains their biggest loss in 2016.

Down 3-1 to the historic 73-9 Warriors, things looked over for LeBron James and the Cavaliers. But we all remember what happened next -- King James powered the way to one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history, and Klay Thompson's offhanded comment may have been the cause of it.

The Warriors looked unstoppable until Thompson insinuated LeBron may have have had his feelings hurt. Not a smart move, Klay.

From that point forward, the Cavaliers won the next three games to shock the basketball world and earn their first and only title in franchise history. LeBron was MVP of that series for obvious reasons, making an incredible leap after Klay's comment.

After surpassing 30 points just once in the series' first four games, James skyrocketed to an average of 36.3 points per game along with 12 rebounds and almost 10 assists, a near triple-double. That is not to say Thompson faded away, as he dropped 37 of his own in Game 5, but it was not enough to overcome the King.

We cannot place all the blame for the Cavaliers' comeback on Thompson, as Draymond Green's suspension did not help the cause. No matter the excuse, LeBron James made an historic effort to lead his team to a Finals victory, and we should celebrate that every year it rolls around.