The Cleveland Cavaliers kept Game 2 close longer than they managed to stay competitive in Game 1. In the end, though, the Golden State Warriors were too much, beating the Cavs 132-113.
Kevin Durant filled up the box score with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and five blocks, Stephen Curry had 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Cavaliers wasted an all-time performance from LeBron James (29 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists) as the Warriors claimed a 2-0 NBA Finals lead.
The big names were in the spotlight on Sunday night, of course, but their impact was far from the only noteworthy conclusion in Game 2. Here are three things you probably missed as you were wondering if anyone can stop this Golden State squad.
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The Warriors stopped making their single most fixable mistake
Having two of the best players in the game affords a team quite a few luxuries, not least of which is the ability to play a superstar at all times. When one of your alphas is resting, the other guy's out there leading the second unit.
That's hypothetically the case, anyway. In reality, the Warriors have gone the same route as Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder teams that routinely sat both KD and Russell Westbrook at the same time, leaving the bench to flounder.
Steve Kerr was back for Golden State on Sunday night, though, and he brought a number of adjustments with him. First and foremost, Kerr staggered Durant and Curry's minutes so that the Warriors had one or the other on the court the whole time. As a result, the Cavaliers were unable to seize a lead that might have given Cleveland some much-needed momentum.
Second, the Warriors continued to run more and more pick-and-rolls with Curry and Durant, or Klay Thompson or Durant, putting as much pressure as possible on the Cavs' atrocious defense.
When a superteam makes optimal decisions, no one stands a chance — not even the best player of all time and his Cavaliers.
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An early play was a perfect microcosm of this Cavaliers-Warriors series
Curry's pas de deux with LeBron James in the third quarter was the biggest highlight of the game and a fitting metaphor for this Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry — but it wasn't the best example of symbolism on the night.
That would be a Curry-KD two-on-one fastbreak against LeBron in the first half, when The King didn't have many options. He stuck to KD as Curry looked to make the pass, forcing the Warriors point guard into a half-hearted floater from six feet away.
It was these Finals in a nutshell: LeBron trying to do it all by himself, with Curry and Durant teaming up to offer an unstoppable force barreling toward an NBA championship.
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The Cavaliers played better defense ... it just didn't matter
Cleveland adjusted its defensive scheme from Game 1, blitzing ball handlers rather than switching and daring Draymond Green to make plays in the midrange.
It didn't matter; the Warriors were too good.
The Cavaliers forced 20 turnovers as they stopped the ball in transition and generally got to the right spot before Golden State.
It didn't matter; the Warriors were too dominant.
The Cavs even tried to use their offense as a defensive tool, attacking KD and Green in the paint in the first quarter to get them in foul trouble and force them to be a little more tentative in attacking the paint.
It didn't matter. Nothing matters in the face of this insurmountable juggernaut.
Unless Kyrie Irving plays like the best point guard in this series, and unless the Cavs' role players can turn things around in Cleveland, the Warriors are going 16-0 in the playoffs.
I hope you enjoy the company of your loved ones, NBA friends. You're going to end up spending a lot of time with them as Golden State continues to sweep playoff opponents for the next half-decade.