LeBron James scored 44 points in a Game 1 loss of the NBA Finals Thursday, but was that the Warriors' plan?

The day after Cleveland's 108-100 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors, one reporter pitched James a somewhat odd question.

“It looks like … (the Warriors) let you have 40 (points) and you would prefer to pass. How do you deal with that?” a reporter asked James during his media availability Friday.

“Well, first of all, you can’t let me have 40,” James responded. “You don’t let me have 40. I go get 40.

“It’s not like they’re just getting out of the way. So those guys aren’t saying, ‘We’re OK with letting him have 40.’ You don’t let me have 40. I’m making those shots.”

You can view the entire exchange here on NBA.com. 

Did the Warriors take a "Let LeBron have his points, but shut down his passing game" approach? They're obviously not detailing their strategy, but Golden State did seem to limit James' passing game. The four-time NBA MVP shot a respectable 18-of-38 from the field against the Warriors, and collected six assists in 46 minutes of playing time. But the player hailed as one of the best passing big men in NBA history averaged 7.4 assists per 36 minutes this season.

And while James scored 25 points in the second half and overtime, only two other Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving (who finished with 23 points) and Timofey Mozgov (16), scored after halftime. The rest

of the team combined took only six shots in the second half.