But what would follow - 26 more missed threes in a row, the longest stretch of missed triples in National Basketball Association postseason history - turned out to be one of the biggest outliers in recent memory, one that will haunt the title-worthy Rockets now that they've been taken out by a Warriors team that they had right where they wanted.
"I feel like he is who he is at this point".
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.
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. The veteran scored 14 points on 10 shots in Game 6. It was a triumph for the defending champions in a very unique way, as they've dealt with a series of injuries this year and played their first postseason series as the lower seed in what felt like forever.
The most watched NBA game all season and the second most watched pro-basketball game in cable history, last night's GSW WCF victor peaked with 18 million sets of eyeballs on the ball right near the end during the 11 - 11:15 PM ET slot. Golden State was up 2-1 with Game 4 at home when it lost Iguodala for the series and Houston had just taken a 3-2 lead and was one win away from the Finals when Paul went down. Viewershipwise, the 2018 WCF is up 45% over last year's conference. There were 20 players who appeared in first Cavaliers-Warriors game of the 2014-15 season - only eight of them will be in uniform during this series. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, limped through the season after trading Kyrie Irving, then needed seven games to beat both the Pacers and the severely undermanned Celtics in the playoffs.