It was essentially a replay of Thursday night’s blowout and an ugly affair, the kind of Finals game that bespeaks humiliation for the losers and exhilaration for the winners. It was nothing short of pure domination by the Warriors from start to finish.
They have the deepest and most dangerous roster in the league, from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the starting back court, to Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, who has been a scoring machine in these NBA Finals. As the 14-0 Warriors flirt with perfection and have run through the playoffs undefeated, they are in pursuit of a second championship in three years, and certainly are more focused on winning another gleaming trophy and hoisting a banner to the rafters of a deafening and roaring Oracle Arena.
Rest assured, the Warriors have swept up their floor to protect home court, and now they have to board a flight with their brooms handy for a business trip to Cleveland, where they can sweep the Cavaliers and become the first franchise in NBA history to go 16-0 in the NBA Playoffs. The Warriors have good character combined with brilliant talent combined with strong leadership and culture.
Put simply, they have the proper ingredients needed to win multiple championships and the pieces to build a dynasty. They’ve redefined the game of basketball and laid out a simple formula to success. It has been suggested it would be a 4-and-out series if the Warriors took both games on their home floor. Nobody can be them, nobody can stop them, not even LeBron and his troops.
It turns out the Warriors’ most valuable asset, the player who could lead them to a championship, the man who is thirsty for his first-ever ring is as dominant as ever, and no one can deny the impact Durant has had while on the court with a plethora of talented players.
What differentiates the Warriors from other NBA franchises? Looking at what they’ve become, with the Splash Brothers dialing in from long distance to distinguish themselves from a bevy of competitors, the Warriors changed the way the game is played and revolutionized the game in such a way that is immeasurable.
Curry is, quite simply, the best shooter in the NBA. More often than not, he is hard at work in his gym as he has master the physics of the 3-point shot, firing shot after shot to serve up a dagger. He was back to his best form in Game 2, even though he was a bit shaky and rattled early, turning the ball over six times to put a damper on his 15 points in the first two quarters.
With the Warriors coming out scorching hot from halftime, Curry made quite a splash and put on an individual display during Sunday’s scoring bonanza, highlighted by his 12-point effort to go with his seven rebounds and five assists in the third quarter.
He scored 32 points and finished with a triple-double, as he played with a sense of urgency and more passion and knocked down a barrage of 3-pointers, while Durant contributed 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Klay Thompson, who broke out of a funk, scored 22 points with four 3-pointers and played more stellar defense.
There’s a new lesson to be taught in a chapter of NBA history books for each 3-point basket drained by the Warriors, who set an NBA Finals record with 18 made 3-pointers. This team finished 18-of-43 beyond the arc, shooting 41.9 percent for the game. The two bona fide All-Stars, Curry and Durant, each made four 3-pointers in the win, while the seven combined threes from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green factored into what was a well-rounded performance by a team that lives and dies by the three and is dangerous from outside.
Before the Warriors’ 132-113 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as the Finals shifts to Cleveland on Wednesday, Curry showed up early as usual and wore a pair of headphones during warm-ups.
And before the game Steve Kerr, who had just returned to the bench after missing the entire postseason dealing with intense head and back pain stemming from back surgery two years ago, spoke to his players in the locker room at halftime about playing to their strength and demanded that they had fun and implored that they control the tempo of the game and make smarter decisions.
The Warriors didn’t play well at first in the return of their coach, and that slightly put a blemish on their dominance. This team, however, looks completely unstoppable and unbeatable, and that’s scary, very scary.
So now, the Warriors are looking to potentially complete a sweep of a stacked Cavaliers team and win a second title. The reality is, they are the team to beat, especially if the Splash Brothers have come to life in a timely fashion.