Could this have been any more different than Game 1? Far from a controversial nail-biter that required five extra minutes of basketball, tonight's Game 2 between the Cavaliers and Warriors was positively one-sided down the stretch.
So, how did the biggest names in the game grade out? Let's dish out some player ratings, awarded on a 1 to 100 scale.
1. Tristan Thompson - 75
With 11 points and five rebounds on 5-8 shooting to go along with his typical energy on defense, Tristan Thompson did what the Cavaliers regularly ask of him. It just wasn't enough.
That's not his fault; it's just the way it is.
2. JaVale McGee - 89
Please note that we're grading JaVale on a curve because his typical standard is, shall we say, humble. But tonight, #PlayoffJaVale was actually pretty darn good! Getting the starting nod over Kevon Looney, he was a perfect 6-6 with 12 points in 18 minutes of play. He was pure energy out there, and played a major role in setting the tone for the Dubs early.
3. J.R. Smith - 54
J.R. Smith is blundering his way right out of the league. After shocking the basketball world with his abject boneheadedness in crunch time back in Game 1, he came out tonight with a 2-9 shooting performance. He missed his only free throw attempt and grabbed just a single rebound in 31 dreary minutes.
4. Klay Thompson - 83
We're inflating Klay's score a bit tonight because he's playing banged up. Putting up an efficient 20 points in 34 minutes of play would be a good day out for a fully healthy wing.
5. George Hill - 70
George Hill didn't hurt the Cavs tonight. He also wasn't any special help.
6. Draymond Green - 81
Dray only chipped in five points, but added eight rebounds and seven assists, played his typically comprehensive D, and didn't turn the ball over once. His plus-19 rating was tied for the second-best mark in the game. That gets a solid thumbs-up.
7. Kevin Love - 72
Not bad, but not great. That's been the story for Kevin Love in these playoffs.
7-18 from the floor just won't cut it against a buzz saw like Golden State. Simple as that.
8. Kevin Durant - 87
Going 10-14 from the floor, playing excellent defense, and posting the best plus/minus of the game with a hot plus-24, Kevin Durant was the perfect complement to Steph Curry's electric shooting night.
9. LeBron James - 81
We're knocking LBJ down to a B-minus level not because he had an ordinary game, but because he had an ordinary game by his own astronomical standards. He did nearly post a triple-double with 29 points, nine rebounds, and 13 assists, but he also missed two free throws and turned the ball over five times.
10. Steph Curry - 94
An NBA Finals record *NINE* three-pointers made, and on a tidy 17 attempts.
Steph was out there doing Steph things.