It’s been a while since we’ve seen such a lopsided Finals. The 1961 Boston Celtics and 1951 Rochester Royals are tied for the second-largest margin of victory through two games at 42 points.
The Warriors didn’t stop there in Game 2. Steve Kerr matched Phil Jackson for most wins (30) in a coach’s first 40 playoff games, and with their seventh straight win against Cleveland, Golden State claimed the longest active winning-streak for any team against LeBron James.
The good news for the Cavs, if there is any, is that neither those Celtics nor Royals swept their opponents. Boston needed five games to take care of the St. Louis Hawks, while the New York Knicks rebounded to force seven games against the Royals.
Unfortunately for LeBron, he’s more or less been here before. The 2014 Finals between LeBron’s Heat and the San Antonio Spurs holds the current mark for largest margin of victory in a five-game series, with the Spurs outscoring Miami by 70 points in that series.
If the Cavs get swept, they’ll be on the short end of a new record for blowouts in the Finals. The 1971 Milwaukee Bucks own the current record for largest margin of victory in a four-game Finals at 49 points. Our math isn’t great, but if the Warriors win the next two games, they’ll have outscored the Cavaliers by at least two points — one in each game. That would boost Golden State’s cumulative margin of victory to 50 points, and send LeBron into the record books along with his 2-for-7 Finals record.
Not that Cleveland needs any more motivation in Game 3, of course, but maybe the threat of such historic futility will light a fire under the Cavs.