Maybe Paul's presence means more in the Game 6 and 7 losses than Iguodala's would have meant in Games 4 and 5, but we will never find out.
The Warriors are 12-point favourites to win Thursday's Game 1, the largest spread in a Finals game since 1991, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Golden State played well, but it was also the biggest challenge the Warriors have faced since Kevin Durant joined forces with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Co.
His top scoring average in the playoffs came in Cleveland in 2009, when he averaged 35.3 points a game over 14 games.
It's obviously not surprising that a whole lot of people tuned in to watch the Warriors and Rockets, two extremely good teams squaring off with an NBA Finals berth on the line. Considering he is averaging 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game these playoffs, that at least feels possible.
Heroic teacher, Noblesville school officials speak publicly for first time since shooting
Seaman was struck three times, once through the stomach, once in the hip and once in the forearm, and underwent surgery. If not for his Seaman's heroics, one student told reporters, "more of us could have been injured, for sure".
Van Gundy, pride of Alhambra High School in Martinez, and Jackson, who preceded Steve Kerr as coach of the Warriors, are leaning toward a Warriors victory in four games - only because three games is mathematically impossible.
"We have an opportunity to play for a championship", James told the Associated Press after beating the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. "We played our best basketball going into the playoffs". The Milwaukee Bucks' "Greek Freak", Giannis Antetokounmpo, has drawn national attention for his prowess. LeBron remains the "Beast of the East", heading to his eighth straight Finals - four with the Miami Heat, and the last four with Cleveland. It took seven games in the first round against in and they needed a superhuman effort from LeBron James against Boston in the conference finals, winning four of the final five games of the series to punch a ticket to the Finals.
And over these four years since James returned to northeast OH, the Warriors are 17-9 against the Cavaliers.
The two are now set to face each other in the historic fourth-consecutive NBA Finals matchup between their teams, although neither has been involved in the rivalry long.