Golden State among best teams I've seen, says LeBron

Talk of the Warriors' possibilities only heightened in ESPN's circle of influence (which is shrinking along with its job force but still sizable) after the Warriors blasted the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night, storming to a 113-91 victory in Game 1 of the Finals with almost total dominance of the paint, the arc and all the real estate in between.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue answers questions during a press conference after Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

Here are a pair of predictions for Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals, which will begin Sunday at 5 p.m. on ABC15.

The Golden State Warriors' head coach will be returning to the sidelines. However, for a lot of Game 1 the Warriors were relying on Durant and Stephen Curry.

"With the Warriors' fast breaks, I don't think it's when we take a shot - it's more our turnovers", he said.

Much remains uncertain about Game 2, starting with what Brown's role will be.

The Cavaliers, after losing Game 1, are not going to hit the panic button so early.

In a 113-91 loss in Game 1, everything unraveled on the defensive end, and there was little LeBron James could do about it?

Brown helped lead the Warriors to 11 straight wins in the playoffs, finishing off the sweep of the Trail Blazers and sweeping the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs to reach the Finals.

"It gives us a lot of confidence", Kevin Love said.

"It just speaks volumes to who he is as a player".

Curry wore his emotions for everybody to see, willing the unblemished Warriors even when Cleveland went on a third-quarter run after that play.

Golden State is known for its quick offense, so it's important for the Cavaliers to keep up their tempo if they want to stay on par.

"Effort, effort, yep", Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly. I thought Kevin was great against the rim in the first game, in transitions, in the half court.

It's Comeback Night at Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Not that they're discussing it.

Of course, Golden State didn't have Kevin Durant in either of their previous two Finals showdowns vs. Cleveland. Cleveland's also relying on his confidence.

Golden State only had two players in double figures in Game 1. Emotions are already running high from a year ago, when things got chippy between the Warriors dynamic hybrid forward Draymond Green and James. "If we do that and eliminate the turnovers, it will be a different Game 2". "Now to say that you're going to get that many open lanes, you can't forecast that". It's never about how you get knocked down. "You just can't forecast that". "Hopefully, we make a few more of the shots on Sunday night and win by 30 instead of 20", he signed off. "I couldn't really care less", James said. "I had two charges, that's aggression". “But its something I did take notice after the game. Those are like pick sixes.

"That's like throwing the ball to (NFL hall of famer) Deion Sanders".

The other end of the court has been more of a challenge this postseason for Thompson, who has posted two of the top seven 3-point seasons in National Basketball Association history the past two seasons and is a 42 percent shooter for his career from long range.