Game 1 heroes Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, and Leandro Barbosa were again effective against the suddenly hapless Cavs, but it was the almost forgotten cog of the Dubs' historic season who reintroduced himself and led his team to a statement win in Game 2.
After being reduced to a shell of himself in their Western Conference Finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Warriors forward Draymond Green reemerged just in time to blow out their Eastern Conference rivals.
When basketball pundits heaped praise on Green midseason, even calling him the team's "true MVP," this kind of performance was what inspired them to say that. Maybe we were too distracted by his flying kicks and subpar play in the West finals that once again we were blinded from his real value.
Now that Green is back to playing perhaps his best basketball in the postseason, we are also made aware of what the Cavaliers have been lacking the past two games.
After waxing hot from beyond the arc in the earlier part of the playoffs, the Cavaliers seem to have been abandoned by the long bomb. During the first two games of the Finals, Cleveland had a combined 12 three-pointers, barely half of their record 25 conversions in Game 2 of their second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Green, on the other hand, looked like a Splash Brother out there tonight, sinking five out of eight from rainbow territory. The Cavs, especially primary snipers JR Smith and Channing Frye, have to find their groove, before digging themselves into a hole too deep.
As much as we love seeing LeBron rack up near-triple-doubles (19 points, eight rebounds, nine assists), we certainly wouldn't want those numbers coming at the expense of seven turnovers due to his high usage rate. It's one thing to let The King take over the game, but it's another to get the others going. Head coach Tyronne Lue should know that there's a right time for everything.
Meanwhile, five Warriors had at least three assists; Green, along with Klay Thompson and Livingston, led the way with five each. The last two Larry O'Brien trophies were brought home by teams that prided itself on ball rotation. It looks like the theme isn't about to change just yet.
Compared to Golden State, the Cavs appeared lethargic for the most part on both ends of the floor. There isn't enough movement off the ball, and having a player like Kyrie Irving who has a tendency to stall an offense isn't really helping, especially if he isn't making his shots.
The Dubs are the Cavs' antithesis. They're all over the place, scrambling for loose balls, freeing themselves up from defenders, basically playing passionate basketball. If only the Cavaliers put their hearts into it more and think of what's at stake, then they could at least match the Warriors' intensity. And do most of the muscle-flexing and roaring for a change.