"Right now, individuality for me means absolutely nothing when it comes to this team sport, but when I'm done, I'll probably look back on it and say it was a cool feat".
When Durant's playing like that, it's hard to resist the temptation to call him the best player in the National Basketball Association. Game 1 it was the Cavs with this problem but with two days of film to watch and surely having had the message hammered home, the giveaways were held to a minimum, a total of eight for the first half.
"We have to figure out a way to get him going early. That's what he does". "Every mistake you make defensively, they make you pay, and you saw that", Lue said.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to match a record with his eighth career NBA Finals triple double. Love had run his course as a Cavalier and needed to be traded, if anybody even wanted him. They're still watching in near-record numbers, with Games 1 and 2 boasting the highest TV ratings for the openers of an NBA Finals since 1998.
Curry provided the coach more than a glimpse of his greatness from up close after Kerr had been watching games from the locker room while speaking to his players beforehand and at halftime.
Durant scoring 33 points is nothing new as the All-Star gets buckets on the regular.
With the Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson leading the way, the Golden State Warriors have been well-known for their 3-point shooting ability.
With the series heading to Cleveland for two games, the Cavs must hope they can improve again and level the series on home turf.But based on the evidence so far, the Warriors may be simply too good to beat.
"It was a great moment for him and for the crowd and everybody showing their appreciation for all he's been through", said Curry, who was brilliant in the victory.
"When you've got somebody doing you like that, it's just like a burning fire in their eye and you know you don't stand a chance", Green said. "I was just kind of like a chicken with my head cut off, just running circles".
If Durant keeps playing the way he's been and Curry is as sharp as he's been - he had his first postseason triple-double in Game 2 - it's conceivable the Warriors could run the table.
They have to do it quickly or Cavs-Warriors III could end up being a much shorter series than the first two editions of The Finals trilogy that the teams split. If they expect to repeat last year's epic Finals feat, they need to turn things around on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
"The talent on the floor in this series is just unbelievable", Kerr said. "We know how hard it is to be the best team in the league".
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. Curry had 15 points in the quarter, going 10-for-10 at the free throw line.
But Curry was passive about one thing - his eight turnovers, which he pointed to over his first playoff triple-double.
The Warriors - who got a big pregame boost when it was announced that Steve Kerr would return to the bench - got contributions across the board on Sunday.