In those series, the Warriors routinely blow out their opponents in Games 1 and 2, with average winning margins of 10.8 and 14.8 points, respectively, and going 21-3 overall.
Asked the difference between this year and last year, James simply said, "K.D." and added, "They are a different team".
That's been quite evident through two games.
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Klay shook off his postseason-long funk and finished with 22 points in the Dubs' 132-113 victory.
"They play well at home", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
Smith scored the first three points of Game 1 and hasn't scored since.
"Much more physical today than we were in Game One". We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well also.
This is the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals. And when he did free himself to get shots up Sunday, many times he left his attempts short - a telling sign of exhausted legs, surely overworked from the frantic defensive activity the Warriors were making him commit to. "There is no comparison, even though we're down 0-2 going back home". "More importantly, it felt good to get the win".
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The third member of The Big Three, Kevin Love, was fantastic offensively with 27 points in Game 2, but he had just seven boards as the Cavs were outrebounded 53-41.
In the fateful seven-game series a year ago, the Cavaliers' center averaged 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds. One of his key moves in Game 2 was asking Stephen Curry to play with more joy. "But they're a team you cannot - you can't let them go on runs".
Golden State has also had first-quarter scoring totals of 35 and 40 points and third-period totals of 33 and 35 while outscoring Cleveland 75-64 in the former and by a whopping 68-44 in the latter.
Now that the ball isn't in Durant's hands the whole time, and now that he has such stellar shooters to pass to, the Warriors are bringing out the best of his ability.
"I still have this bunker mentality when it comes to playing ball", James said in quiet locker room after Game 2.
There's no debating Miles Krogue's love for the Golden State Warriors.
"We're never anxious about him and his shooting and the spotlight that's on that", Curry said of Thompson. Very different. Not everything is predicated on two superstars commanding the ball and carrying the team.
Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been almost invisible and the bench has offered little help.
"For me, it did feel good to see the ball go in", Thompson said.
But after being so close past year and falling short, the Warriors know how hard the next two will be. "It's human nature. Up 2-0, everybody in the world (is saying), 'It's over, it's over.' No, it's not over".