The Warriors needed seven games to dispatch the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.
According to Steve Kerr, the series wouldn't have gone that long if a certain player didn't get hurt.
Here is an excerpt from a column by Marc Spears of The Undefeated:
Apparently, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told Warriors All-Star forward Kevin Durant during Game 7 that his team would have won the series if (Chris) Paul played. While unwinding long after the win with Morton's The Steakhouse cuisine and a cold one, Kerr responded to those words by saying, "We would have won the series in five if Iggy played."
With the Warriors leading Game 3 by 24 points with 7:45 remaining, James Harden's right knee banged into the side of Iguodala's left knee.
The 2015 NBA Finals MVP exited the game about a minute later and he missed Games 4 through 7.
His status for Game 1 vs the Cavs on Thursday is uncertain.
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