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Whether Cavs win or lose, LeBron James should be the Finals MVP

LeBron James' monster triple-double in Sunday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals (40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists) wasn't enough to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors, who took a 3-2 lead in the series.

But James was dominant enough to suggest that, barring an unexpected collapse in Game 6 or Game 7 -- if necessary -- he should be chosen Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player no matter the outcome of the series.