The Cleveland Cavaliers have discovered that the Golden State Warriors can hurt a team in so many different ways beyond the potent Splash Bro duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
The reigning NBA champions lead LeBron James and the Cavaliers 2-0 in the NBA Finals and have won by a combined 48 points during those encounters.
Yes, they've been at the Oracle Arena where they've proved they are incredibly hard to beat this year, but a fully-fit Cavs would have hoped to have put up more of a fight than what they have.
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What makes the losses even harder to take is the fact that Curry and Thompson have been far from their best form. Shaun Livingston led the Warriors from the bench to victory in game one and Draymond Green took control of proceedings in game two as the fabled backcourt duo failed to surpass the 20-point mark on both occasions and only managed 20 points between them in game one.
While that is certainly out of character for the All-Star pair, the resident catalyst within the Warriors, Green, has stepped up to the plate in lieu of their influence.
The All-Star power forward managed 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in game one before exploding to record 28 points, seven boards and six assists in game two which included going 5-of-8 from three-point range.
Following his game two rampage, Green received some legendary support on twitter, who endorsed him for the Finals MVP award at this early juncture.
Magic Johnson was a three-time Finals MVP himself, so he knows what it takes to claim the accolade. The Lakers resident at the one spot is also a five-time NBA champion and is well experienced in these high-pressure situations, but it looks as though the pressure is getting to the Cavaliers, not the defending champions.
The Warriors have looked terrific as a unit at both ends of the floor during the first two contests of the Finals and they haven't had to rely on their superstar guards to carry them through.
When Green was asked if he could be considered the Finals MVP if he kept his form up for the entire series - however long or short that may be - Green told The Vertical: “Man,” with a smile and a pause. “If anything, these two games show we’re so damn deep. Our team is the MVP, if it’s possible,”
It's not possible, but a diplomatic, humble answer from the enigmatic forward, nonetheless.
Game three takes place at the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday evening and the Cavaliers must come out swinging if they have any hopes of turning this series around. They have to defend their homecourt advantage, but they've been no match for Golden State thus far and much of that can be thanks to Green.