CLEVELAND – what was originally billed as an even-strength rematch between a fully healthy Cleveland Cavaliers squad and the defending champion Golden State Warriors has turned into a showcase of pure domination by the NBA title favorites.
All off-season and throughout the regular-season, many considered Golden State’s championship as a mere occurrence of good fortune in avoiding San Antonio, Oklahoma City and taking down injury-plagued teams such as Memphis, Houston and the aforementioned Cavaliers.
Clearly after their first two wins by a combined 48 points—the most in NBA history—after the first two games of the NBA Finals that the Warriors are looking to finally silence the loudest, whiniest critic of them all in the form of Cleveland.
Game 1 was a clinic in bench production as the Warriors outscored Cleveland’s reserve’s 45-10, led by backup point guard Shaun Livingston leading the way with 20 points in a 104-89 romp. Game 2 turned into an early NBA Finals MVP showcase for today’s Millennial version of Rasheed Wallace, in the equally brash and outspoken Warriors small forward Draymond Green, who scored 28 points in a humiliating 110-77 laugher.
In what has already appeared to be a repeat from last year’s 4-2 series win, the Warriors superior bench, crisp passing, deadly shooting and brilliant coaching has befuddled a visually lost Cavaliers team, who just simply look defeated the moment they set foot on the same court as Dubs.
And it is a REAL tragedy that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have yet to be a factor. That alone is a real scary thought for the heavy underdogs from Cleveland.
While Lebron James is doing his part, outside of Kyrie Irving, the rest of the Cavaliers must have stayed behind in Northeast Ohio as the Cavs seemingly torrid three-point shooting has gone cold, they have failed to crash the glass against the smaller Warriors. Their lack of ball movement and poor shot selection is playing right into the Warriors hands.
There was a reason why the Warriors entered Game 1 as heavy favorites to repeat as champs. Based on their strong play in the first two games so far, this Finals could be over as quickly as they began.