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The Warriors show the Cavaliers there are no easy rides in the NBA Finals

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The biggest take away from game two of the NBA Finals on Sunday night was clear; the Golden State Warriors are superior to the Cleveland Cavaliers in every aspect.

At times at the Oracle Arena during the 110-77 blowout win for the home team, it looked like men against boys. 

While the Warriors looked well coached and in sync, the Cavs looked devoid of ideas and cohesion and just seemed to hope their stars would figure it out. 

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Any strategy the Cavaliers had was emphatically dismissed by a resurgent Golden State outfit who look hungry to dispel the notion that they wouldn't have won the title had Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love been healthy last year. 

Since going 3-1 down to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, the Bay Area franchise has racked up five straight wins and have gone from the brink of elimination to being on the verge of securing back-to-back championships.

It is an incredible turnaround from a team that is sure to go down among the best of all-time should they retain the Larry O'Brien trophy. 

Per ESPN Stats and Info, the Warriors' combined 48 point margin in the two games was the largest point differential through the first two games in NBA Finals history.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

The men from Oakland are rolling and Cleveland doesn't have an answer. Steve Kerr has his team playing at an extremely high level and is making a mockery of what was supposed to be a tight Finals series

They are engaged defensively - 77 points is the lowest tally of the postseason for the Cavs - and are executing at an efficient rate on the offensive end. 

Through two games, the Splash Brothers haven't been at their best, by their ridiculously high standards. Yet the Cavaliers have been blown out in successive games, which only gives them a slim chance, at best, to turn this series around. 

Shaun Livingston took the plaudits in game one for a career-best performance off the bench, but it was Draymond Green who stole the show last night. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Two

The All-Star forward had a playoff night to remember as he dominated the Cavs on offence and defence.

He poured in 28 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. He shot an impressive 5-of-8 from downtown as he put on a good audition to become a member of the Splash Bros.

For Cleveland, it's back to the drawing board. It was evident that if they harboured any hopes of beating the defending champions and favourites, they had to steal at least one game on the road, which they failed to do. 

With the way things have gone so far, the odds of the Wine and Gold winning the next two games at the Quicken Loans Arena are not particularly great. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Two

They cantered to the Finals by virtue of being the best team in the Eastern Conference by a distance, which is a sad indictment of the state of the conference at this moment.

The Ohio-based franchise is quickly learning how there are no easy rides when it comes to the west.

"They just beat us," LeBron James said. "We didn't win anything. No points of the game did we beat them in anything."

Head coach Tyronn Lue added: "We've got to be tougher."

2016 NBA Finals - Game Two

With no disrespect to the Central division franchise and to LeBron James, they may not be playing for anything more than pride at this stage. 

After being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 in his first Finals appearance with his hometown team, James will not want to experience that feeling again and will strive to make sure his team wins at least one game and forces the Warriors to close the deal back on their home floor.  

Despite practically having one hand on the trophy, though, the Dubs are not ready to put the champagne on ice just yet and celebrate.

"There's no point in celebrating or jumping up and down saying, `Look at us.' We're two games away from winning a championship, but we still have to go out and get the job done," Steph Curry said. 

"It's a trap to think that we've figured things out, that we have the perfect formula to beat Cleveland and they have no chance in the series. That's not how we're supposed to think."

Before the two teams met at the Q in January for a regular season meeting, Curry said, "Hopefully it still smells a little bit like champagne".  

Of course, he was referring to the celebrations when they won the title in the same arena last year. With another two wins in Cleveland, that smell of champagne will fill the visiting locker room once more.

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