Warriors advanced, but Chris Paul and the Rockets deserved better

Overall, Turner announced, its Western Conference Finals coverage was up 51 percent from its Eastern Conference Finals coverage a year ago and up 48 percent from the 2017 Western Conference Finals coverage over on ESPN.

After the game, Harden's opponent and former Oklahoma City teammate, Kevin Durant, said the Warriors planned to tire out Harden and knew he would wear down eventually.

There wasn't a Game 7 in last year's Western Conference Finals, but overall this year's series is up 48% from 2017 when it was on ESPN and 51% over the ECF on TNT.

James has shot the most points during the postseason with an average of five more per game than Durant. Golden State will now play James' Cavaliers once again for a title.

Had the Rockets, who set the record for most three-point field goals made in a season on their way to a league-best 65 wins, made a mere 25 percent of their three-point shots, instead of the 16 percent they did make, they would have beaten the Warriors and advanced to the finals. They were -220 in 2015 (when they won in six games), -220 again in 2016 (when they lost in seven), and -300 a year ago (when they won in five).

Kevin Durant and Jeff Green are the last two active National Basketball Association players who played for the Seattle SuperSonics.

"We have an opportunity to play for a championship", James told the Associated Press after beating the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Warriors, meanwhile, are creating 12.3 unguarded catch-and-shoot attempts in the playoffs, the second-most among playoff teams.

Never before, however, have the odds been stacked so heavily against a James-led team. To put that in perspective, the last time LeBron James wasn't in the finals, Prince William was still single, and House Speaker Paul Ryan was the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.

Stephen Curry was, as a surprise to no one, the best player on the floor.

And over these four years since James returned to northeast OH, the Warriors are 17-9 against the Cavaliers.

There are plenty of storylines to be had in the fourth consecutive installment of the series.

  • Stacy Allen