Key Golden State trends from crushing Game 2 victory

The Golden State Warriors cruised to a win in Game 1 as they controlled both ends of the floor. They were not as strong defensively in Game 2, but their dominant offense led them to a 133-112 victory.

The Golden State Warriors won the opening game of the 2017 Finals with strong performances on both ends of the floor. Their 113 points could easily have been 120 or more if they had not missed some easy shots in the first half. On the other end, they held Cleveland to 91 points and just 39 after halftime.

The Warriors were not as impressive on the defensive end in Game 2, although they once again held Cleveland's role players in check. However, they exploded on the offensive end for a 133-112 marked by incredible performances from their star players.

The Cavaliers are once again faced with an uphill battle as they look to repeat as champions. They enter Game 3 with a 2-0 deficit for the second straight year. Given their remarkable run to close out that series, it might still be too early to count them out in 2017. However, the Warriors at least looked mortal during last year's playoffs as they recovered from their own 3-1 deficit against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. This year, the Warriors carry a 14-0 record into Game 3 that still seems impossible even in the face of their postseason dominance. Although Game 2 differed from Game 1 in some rather dramatic ways, the takeaways from the second game are just as favorable for Golden State as the results of the first contest.

1. The Return of Klay Thompson

It would be an understatement to say that Klay Thompson has struggled during the 2017 playoffs. Before Game 2, he averaged 13.8 points per game on abysmal 37/34/81 shooting splits. After posting numbers during the regular season that were nearly identical to his 2016 numbers and maintaining his excellent defense, Thompson kept up his elite defensive play but fell off a cliff offensively. 

However, Thompson came back to life with a strong Game 2 performance. He scored 22 points on just 12 shots, including four of seven shooting from deep. His confidence certainly seemed to be back in full force: