Be careful what you wish for.
These are the two best teams in the National Basketball Association, yet it's as though they are not playing the same game. Throw in another difference: Stephen Curry is healthy.
And it was James who led last year's Cavs' comeback, willing his team to find the strength and toughness to prevail in a seven-game slugfest.
The Cavaliers forced 20 turnovers compared to a finals record-tying four in game one, for all the good it did them.
And there it is, the only thing that can really be said for the Cavs.
"He sees things before they even happen", Cavaliers assistant coach Larry Drew said.
After the game James said that despite losing by 19 points, his team played better that in the first meeting.
Rather than reach back to last year's championship comeback for a confidence boost, James' focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more risky this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant. But the entire team seemed a bit off early, bothered by the Cavs' shift in tactics and not yet fully adjusted to counter them. We know how hard it is to be the best team in the league.More news: Hendrick to Host National Cancer Survivors Day Event
He was even seen huffing and puffing as he went to the bench at one point in the third quarter.
Lebron James topped the scoring for the Cavaliers with 29 and Kevin Love weighed in with 27 for the defending champions. The Warriors gave up 8-0 and 10-4 runs in the quarter. The Warriors hold a 2-0 lead in the Finals.
Want Warriors news in your inbox? Then, the Warriors' talent asserted itself. Was it Kevin Durant, who put up 33 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists? In last year's series, they had an effective field goal percentage of 58 percent in the first 12 seconds of the shot clock and 43 percent in the last 12 seconds of the shot clock. Whenever a Cav makes a odd decision, they do so under duress.
Underlying the Warriors' offensive outburst were a few significant adjustments. When the Warriors did pass, it was in drive-and-kick situations rather than efforts to force interior passes. When Kevin Durant sits down, sneak behind him and tie helium balloons to the back of the chair.
Maybe that's what it will take - an angry James - for the Cavs to regroup. Just one more weapon in an embarrassment of riches from which Warriors head coach Steve Kerr can draw.
More help from his teammates would go a long way too.
Fellow starters Tristan Thompson (eight points, four rebounds) and?
James answered questions from the locker room, because reports said he wasn't willing to wait an extended amount of time to get up in front of the assembled media. Look at what he's done so far in these Finals. From tendencies of different individuals to the play- sets, to where everybody is and what they're doing.