Klay Thompson says the Warriors are better than the Showtime Lakers

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The Golden State Warriors obliterated the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-77 to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals and put themselves in a strong position to successfully defend their championship.  

After a difficult series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors have had things all their own way against their Eastern Conference opponents. 

With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love healthy, the Cavs were expected to give the Dubs a good run for their money but have been blown out of the Oracle Arena in successive games. 

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The 73-win Warriors have lived up to their tag as favourites and have put on a clinic on both ends of the floor in the first two games. 

It's no surprise that the men from the Bay Area are in buoyant mood after a 33-point win in game two of an NBA Finals series, and Klay Thompson displayed this during the post-game press conference by jokingly claiming they were better than the Showtime Lakers. 

The shooting guard took to the podium with Draymond Green who was the star of the show after recording 28 points, seven and five assists. 

Green was asked if their defensive performance against the Cavaliers solidified them as one of the greatest teams of all-time. 

The All-Star replied: "No, we've got two more wins before you can even consider saying that. I don't really look at are you the best team of all time, are we the best team of all time? Because I think it's subjective. To say we're better than the Showtime Lakers, how can you say that? We never played them."

With a wry smile, Thompson said: "We were better than the Showtime Lakers."

The Splash Brother's comment was met with laughter by the reporters in the room as it was perceived as a joke, but the Warriors possess supreme confidence and more often than not say what they mean. 

Of course, Klay's father Mychal was part of the Showtime Lakers, so it was surely a light-hearted dig at him and can be taken tongue-in-cheek.

Green continued: "Like, saying we're better than the Bulls, it's like we'll never play them. It's two completely different eras. So I don't really get off on the, "Are you the beat team of all time?" I'm trying to win rings, and that's the only goal. 

"Everybody else can decide what they want to decide on who is the best team of all time, who is not. We've got to win two more games, and they'll be the hardest two wins of this entire season. So that's my focus."

The NBA Finals will shift to Cleveland for the next two games and with the Oakland-based franchise having one hand on the trophy already, it will take something special for LeBron James and the Cavs to overcome the deficit as it appears likely that the wait for the first championship in Northeast Ohio will continue.

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