But it should be remembered that the Cavaliers were 2-0 down at this stage past year, and they didn't take Sunday's loss lying down.
"Just been playing basketball, brother", he said. Hopefully the Cavs can come back in Game 3, or this may be a shorter Finals series than we thought.
But we suspect that had much more to do with the great drama of last year's Finals, rather than the lopsided displays throughout the 2017 postseason.
"We have to figure out a way to get him going early".
Mike Brown, the Warriors assistant who for 11 games had filled in for ailing head coach Steve Kerr until his back allowed him to return to the bench Sunday, says Green possesses those "glue guy" skills so important on any good team.
LeBron James submitted a triple-double - 29 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds - to lead the Cavaliers.
"What was the difference?"
Durant carried over his offensive rhythm from Game 1, scoring 33 points, sending down a couple emphatic dunks, nailing four 3s and handing out six assists.
Guard Stephen Curry had a triple-double of his own but also committed eight turnovers.
"We've been in this position before", said Thompson. "This is where the series changed a year ago, so we're just trying to think about the next game". "I love being with the players and staff, so it's fun to be back up here". I think at the end of the day, I think everyone talks to officials.
Having Kerr there sure did - the Warriors felt whole again.
"Tonight was a game based on talent".
At the time of his news conference, Kerr said he hadn't informed his players of his decision. "We could play hard every possession, but can we play smart?" "If we play that game in Cleveland, we're not winning".
The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor.
Take this play from Durant in the fourth quarter, which was when the Warriors really pulled away from the Cavs and sealed up the victory. "Much more physical today than we were in Game 1", he pointed out, adding, "And we forced them to 20 turnovers, and they still beat us pretty good. That's all the motivation we need", Green said. "Kyrie knows what he's capable of". In the NBA Finals, putting up triple-doubles doesn't even come close to getting the job done against the Warriors.