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C.J. McCollum reviews game two of the NBA Finals

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The NBA Finals are in full flow. After two games, the Golden State Warriors are 2-0 up and the Cleveland Cavaliers have a number of questions to answer heading back to the Quicken Loans Arena. 

Draymond Green dropped 28 points for the defending champions as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for another 35 as the Warriors won by 33 points. 

Portland Trail Blazers guard and the 2016 Most Improved Player, C.J. McCollum, was in attendance at the Oracle Arena to watch the Dubs take a stranglehold on the series, and he gave his views on how the game had played out. 

He said: "The final score surprised me first and foremost, how the Warriors came out, I think Draymond [Green] was aggressive, he hit some threes early and that kind of helped build confidence for the team."

The shooting guards knows exactly how tough the Warriors are having fallen to them 4-1 in the Western Conference semi-finals, and he believes when they produce a night like Sunday then there is little hope of taking anything away from the game. 

"They're very tough, I think you have to stop one of them, you have to contain one of them," he added. "They're obviously very good when Draymond's a passer, they're very good when Steph [Curry] and Klay [Thompson] have it going offensively, but when they're all scoring and shooting around 47, 48 percent you're not going to win a lot of games against them."

2016 NBA Finals - Game Two

Having lost both games at the Oracle Arena, the Cavaliers are now looking down the barrel ahead of the third encounter back in Ohio. 

McCollum thinks the magnitude of game three is huge for LeBron James and co., saying: "The next game is a must win. 

"They have to come out from the start and be able to sustain and maintain those runs. They're going to go on runs, the Warriors are going to go on runs, it is more about how they respond."

The Cavaliers responded well to their only adversity so far in the playoffs as they wrapped up their series with the Toronto Raptors having lost back-to-back games. However, the Warriors are a different animal.

The defending champions are posing questions that the Cavaliers have been unable to answer in the opening encounters. Green's intensity is destroying the Wine and Gold, and the Dubs' bench is just too deep for Cleveland to handle. 

Of course, one win can bring the confidence that has seeped away at the Oracle Arena, however, knowing they have to take a game in Oakland will leave serious doubt in their minds. 

Something seriously has to change if the Cavs are to get back into this series, and it needs to happen soon.

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