"I knew he was a special talent", Thompson said. "If we play that same game in Cleveland, there's no way we win". In the three-point era, teams have only cracked those figures 37 times in the postseason, per basketball-reference.com, with the Warriors doing it twice these playoffs.
Go forensic on the stats, the lineups, the rotations, the play calls if you like, it's going to come down to the same endpoint.
Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, helping Golden State take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"What was the difference?" It's possible Curry's reaction Sunday was in response to that reaction from James previous year. "But they're a team you cannot - you can't let them go on runs".
J.R. Smith got caught behind a screen then lunged at Kevin Durant, fouling the Warriors star as he made a 3-pointer.
Durant's rim protection as the Warriors played small was a huge storyline.
And if that werent enough there was Kevin Durant, again, with his second double-double of this series, scoring 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win.More news: UFC Champ Max Holloway Says Conor McGregor 'Can Beg To Fight Me'
"We all got better and we have worked well together throughout the season", Durant said. Just in case: I'm going to avoid any tweets that some smug jerk will use against me in a column a year from now. "I thought he was fantastic".
But the next GM, whether it's Griffin or someone else, would have to decide (with Gilbert's blessing) if the Cavs, as constructed, with tinkering, can play the Warriors or if moving a player like Love and getting back entirely new pieces is necessary.
Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough.
"We were much more physical today than in Game One and we forced them into 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good", James told reporters in a televised interview from the locker room in Oakland.
"We cut it to four at one point and then they went on quick 9-0 run or 12-0 run", James said. "Kyrie knows what he's capable of. Hopefully, he's created a little bit of momentum for himself going into Game 3".
After trailing by just three at halftime, the Cavaliers were still down just 86-82 after a layup by Irving with 5:41 left in the third period. Knowing that full well, the Cavaliers were still unable to make Golden State sweat; the Warriors took the lead for good at the 7:38 mark of the first quarter and never relinquished it.
Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery.
That's the plan for the defending champions Sunday night and will be key if they want to even the best-of-seven series and look respectable after the Warriors whipped them 113-91 Thursday night.