And while you could look at the Warriors' 29-point blowout in Game 6 or the Rockets' bad three-point shooting in Game 7 and say Paul wouldn't have made a lick of difference in the outcome, let's be honest: With Paul out there it's a completely different game.
"We've been through a lot with this team", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.
Curry scored 14 of Golden State's 33 points in the third quarter as Houston's shooting didn't just go cold, it froze.
And now James, and his grateful teammates, wait to see who will win Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, with the Warriors needing to beat the Rockets in Houston to take on the Cavaliers a fourth straight time.
"There's no pressure. It's an opportunity, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of", he said.
"I was cussing him out", Green said. "That's why we're going to another Finals because my teammates played a hell of a game". "It's a heck of an accomplishment for our ball club [to win] without our All Star forward for basically two games".
But the Cavs rallied in the second half, with the scoreline finely balanced and the lead changing hands several times over the rest of the match. But surviving two elimination games and winning a Game 7 on the road - deep into a season they were widely expected to dominate - is a start. Stephen Curry had 27, after ending the half with eight.
The Rockets played themselves out of the playoffs and they did it by lazily launching 3-pointers instead of attacking the paint.
"We obviously know what LeBron's capable of", Curry said shortly after the Warriors' Game 7 win at Houston ended.
"It's wonderful how long the National Basketball Association game is", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "But we'll worry about that when we get home".
"They played a great series, they made us work for everything".
The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half.
"We were lucky to escape out of here", Kerr said.
Iguodala sustained a bone bruise in his left leg during the Warriors' 126-85 victory in Game 3 on May 20 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. "I think of the four (consecutive) Eastern Conference titles, this one feels special and the best". But again, I know the fans of Houston, especially myself, to have him on your side is incredible.