"I'm not going to say (the Cavaliers have) zero percent chance", said Jackson, who got to the NBA Finals as a player with IN in 2000 and will be calling his 10th Finals. After two Game 7's the NBA Finals are set!
Right now, there's no evidence that Iguodala could play in the Finals, so the presumption - at this juncture - should be that Iguodala doesn't play in the Finals.
Houston carried a 24-17 advantage into the second quarter after getting 14 points from NBA MVP frontrunner James Harden in the opening 12 minutes. "I think no matter who came out of the West and who came out of the East, the Western Conference victor would have been the prohibitive favorite, for many different reasons", he said. LeBron needs to win now while he's still in his prime, but Cleveland obviously doesn't have the roster to beat Golden State in the Finals.
Still, the Warriors are in good shape. "But any game [the Cavaliers] get in this Finals would be a huge upset, to me". The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games. They have some big decisions to make with Paul, Ariza and center Clint Capela eligible for free agency.
This wasn't all peaches for Golden State, either.
"I think it was just a level of experience and maturity from our group that helped us get to the finish line", Curry said.
Kevin Love #0 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers look on during the game against the Golden State Warriors on December 25, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. It would represent the team's third title in four seasons, culminating in back-to-back championships. "I feel like he is who he is at this point. It doesn't matter who plays, step up".More news: Russia, Israel agree to drive off Iranian military from Syrian border
They came up against a determined and hungry Houston Rockets team who had openly stated that they were on a mission to end their dominance in the west.
Once the buzzer sounded and the 101-92 Game 7 win over Houston was official, the Warriors could exhale.
This is the big one.
"This is a true testament to how hard it is to get to the NBA Finals, how hard it is to have a chance to play for a championship". "If we had Chris, if he was out there, we'd have been playing on Thursday".
Perhaps they can get away with that - again - in these NBA Finals. No other Cavs are scoring in double digits.
In response to Gordon's comments about Paul, Steve Kerr claimed that the series would never have reached seven games if Iguodala had remained healthy.
There wasn't a lot of similarity in Cleveland's and Golden State's seasons, but their last few days have been mirror images of one another - both teams had to win Game 6s at home to fend off elimination, then had to go on the road and prevail in Game 7s to win their respective conference finals.