"Much more physical today than we were in Game 1", he pointed out, adding, "And we forced them to 20 turnovers, and they still beat us pretty good".
There is room for improvement, and the Cavs believe they can make the adjustments that lead to that improvement.
All was right again for the Warriors with their leader back in his usual spot on the bench.
"For me, it did feel good to see the ball go in", Thompson said.
Do all the analysis you want to explain what has happened in the series thus far.
Durant, seeking his first NBA crown after leaving Oklahoma City last July to join Golden State, became only the third player in NBA history to score at least 25 points in his first seven NBA Finals appearances, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.
"They're a different team", James said of the current edition of the Warriors. "And it was probably the key to the whole game".
He also is helping to wear down LeBron James on defense. Curry danced around James before eventually laying one in.
An overlooked aspect of Curry's game is his movement away from the ball.
"Defensively, (Irving) has to do a lot more", Lue said. Cleveland shot 3 of 20 on 3s in the first half and 8 for 29 total. Draymond Green had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists playing all game in foul trouble and Shaun Livingston scored 10 off the bench.
This year, it's 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. Knowing that full well, the Cavaliers were still unable to make Golden State sweat; the Warriors took the lead for good at the 7:38 mark of the first quarter and never relinquished it. He made it just in time for Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena on Sunday, June 4.
Thompson countered that the Warriors are so focused on him that it's opening things up for Kevin Love.
"We just have to sustain effort over the entire game".
"At that point I was a little bit more composed than earlier in that possession", Curry said. But that Warriors team had Harrison Barnes instead of Durant. James sounded grimly determined after Game 2.
Golden State turns a four-point lead into a 12-point lead in a few possessions and a 12-point lead into a 22-point lead shortly thereafter. He sounds like a grown-up.
But we suspect that had much more to do with the great drama of last year's Finals, rather than the lopsided displays throughout the 2017 postseason. "I'm not worrying about the officials and all that".
Comebacking Warrior's coach Steve Kerr. "And we're going to need to play better to win on the road". "But I don't expect anybody on the outside who really doesn't know the game to look at me as a defender because once you're labeled something that's what you're going to be". "He's one of the great players of all-time".
But Curry wasn't the only Golden State star to have a great night on the hardwood. Their current shooting guard Iman Shumpert (who you may know from Kanye West's "Fade" video) has released some fairly quality mixtapes. Durant outplayed him in Games 1 and 2, and Curry rivals LeBron's contributions so far. "Playing with a lot of energy".