Incredible as it is to say, James is playing at a higher level this season while Kevin Love, who looked lost for much of the 2016 series, has been quietly efficient with 43 points and 23 rebounds over the first two games.
Perhaps the key question surrounding Game 3 is whether the Cavaliers can muster the same type of energy and effort they used for an inspired Game 1 effort that memorably came up short amid a flurry of questionable calls and J.R. Smith's infamous mental gaffe on the final play of regulation. That's exactly what McGee and Shaun Livingston were able to do in Game 2. The Warriors found a little more discipline in their defence and flow in their offence. He put up 29 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds.
But with the Warriors clearly belonging to Stephen Curry, it might be only a matter of time before the Slim Reaper restores the balance of power and dons a new uniform.
The difference in the game, eventually, was Curry's shooting prowess.
Curry is averaging 31 points, 8.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game through two Finals contests.
Add that to Curry, Durant, and Thompson all scoring at least 20 points each and good luck keeping up, opposing offenses.
But some fans still aren't over JR Smith's Game 1 blunder and even three days later, the tweets are still amusing. Hood is a (long) long shot, especially against the Warriors, but it is hard to imagine him worse than Smith.
The Warriors have imposed themselves upon the Cavs early and see that as crucial for more success. The Warriors know they can't be careless, but they also know they have a cushion.
According to the report, Thompson said the root of this disdain for Curry came from his leapfrogging so many players so quickly in the NBA's elite and receiving adoration for it. "We've been doing that for a long time - it's just that everything's under a microscope now in the playoffs", said Curry, who's building a case to win his first Finals MVP.
But while the Cleveland Cavaliers struggled to contain the Warriors in a lot of ways on Sunday night - Golden State scored 50 points in the paint on 71 per cent shooting - it was the performance from Curry that underlined the embarrassment of riches that the Warriors have. "We played 23 and a half good seconds of defence, and he turned around and hit a moon ball".
Of the rotational players, Korver ranks No. 3, No. 1, and No. 1 in those three categories respectively. And if you want divergent views on this series then check out SBR's point/counterpoint series between Doug Upstone and Swinging Johnson, two top cappers who go head-to-head on each and every game.
And now they're poised for another, leading 2-0 with game three Wednesday in Cleveland. The Warriors responded with a 129-120 win in Game 5 to take the series, but Cleveland's Game 4 outburst allowed it to avoid a sweep.