J.A. Adande | ESPN Senior Writer | 3:13 AM CT

OAKLAND, Calif. — The fascinating thing about this NBA Finals rematch is that while this year’s is a healthier, stronger version of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s also a better Golden State Warriors team than we’ve ever seen before.

This team is better than the one that beat the Cavaliers for the championship last year, better than the one that won a record-setting 73rd game in April. The Warriors emerged more confident and resilient than ever after overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals against an Oklahoma City Thunderteam that seemed to be finally maximizing its potential.

Oh, these Warriors are smarter too.

Evidence of their increased savviness could be found cradled in the arms ofStephen Curry‘s brother, Seth, as he walked through the Oracle Arena hallways not long after the Warriors finished off the Thunder More >