But while he knows the narrative before Wednesday's Game 2 will be on the struggles of Cleveland's playoff newcomers, James isn't anxious.
Some pundits will point to the Pacers 3-1 record over the Cavaliers during the regular season as a reason to be skeptical. The Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, game one. The under is 4-0 in the last four Cavs games played on three or more days of rest.
But somehow Whittenburg and his teammates somehow beat the Cavaliers and one of the greatest players in NCAA history twice over a span of a couple of weeks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced every fan in attendance for Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday will receive a black Cavs shirt. The Pacers easily could have won the game by a bigger margin had they cashed in at the charity stripe and capitalized more on Cleveland's miscues.
It didn't happen. The 6-foot-10, 251-pounder averaged 19.0 points and 11.1 rebounds while playing with Irving a season ago. IN was edged 44-42 on the boards and clanked 10 of their 25 three point attempts in the contest.
And on Sunday, it became so ridiculous that the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar couldn't help but laugh.
On the other side, it was a one-man show as James had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds. He also picked up a technical for a hard foul on LeBron James.
Get out the brooms everyone, this series is going to be a sweep!
James returned to Cleveland during the summer of 2014 following his four-year stint with the Miami Heat. The imbalance of talent will give Cleveland an instant advantage. The interesting thing is that all four meetings came before Cleveland made three trades to overhaul part of its roster. Cleveland was down 19 after the opening quarter and despite their best efforts, couldn't throw a serious scare into IN the rest of the way.
The Cavaliers are healthier than they've been all season.
The Cavaliers struggled shooting the ball as they hit only 38.5 percent from the field. He is still playing at an elite level despite being in his 15th season, which was evident by his play notching his 20th career playoff triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes of action.
I can still see LeBron scoring the winning basket of game one in 2013, when then coach Frank Vogel had 7-1 Roy Hibbert on the bench instead of defending the rim.
Does the King have enough help to push back the Sixers, the Raptors or even the injured Celtics?
Bogdanovic finished with 17 points in the first game against Cleveland this season, but the Cavs bottled him up over the final three - holding him to 32 percent shooting and 29 percent from long-range.
"They came in and they dictated the tempo, they were more aggressive", James added. "That first quarter set the tone".