Plenty of narratives are prevalent in this seven-game series - including former Jazz stars Rodney Hood, Kyle Korver, and George Hill all looking to win a title for The Land.
Then, it all disappeared.
Instead, if LeBron did want to sign with Houston but keep some of the talent that made them such a dominant team this season, he could copy exactly what Paul did to get to Houston, accepting the player option on his contract and forcing a trade to the Rockets, also known as a sign-and-trade.
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni knew Ryan Anderson was a defensive liability against Golden State.
Heading into the offseason after a disappointing finish, the Rockets are left with a few "what if" questions to ponder.
Looks like Chris Paul isn't letting himself wallow in self-pity.
This is the big one. That's the reason why Draymond Green still felt confident the Warriors would return to the NBA Finals despite the 3-2 deficit - the loss of Paul in the final two games of the series was simply too much to overcome. According to NBA.com, the Warriors' Game 7 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday was the second-most watched NBA game in cable TV history when it peaked at 18 million viewers.
Cleveland and Golden State were stretched to their limits in the conference finals this time around, leaving little time to recoup and prepare for their latest date in the NBA Finals.
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Paul is an All-NBA performer whose poise and production can't be replicated, especially not against this opponent.
James Harden and Chris Paul complemented each other perfectly.
"It will be interesting to see how competitive LeBron James can make this Finals, but any game they get in this Finals would be a huge upset, to me", Van Gundy said, adding that Cleveland would "have to be lights-out from the three-point line to have a chance to win a game".
James, who played all 82 regular season games for the first time in his career, has been balling out of his mind in the playoffs. They're not the Rockets - not by a longshot - but as Houston proved in the Western Conference Finals, there's a benefit to switching everything and being super physical on defense when going up against the Warriors.
And these came in games Houston outscored Golden State in the first half!
But championship windows can close quickly. "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. Role players could see regressions.
The Rockets' obsession with beating the Warriors holds true.