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Adande: Warriors, Rockets jolted and primed for Game 5

Houston thrives on the edge, and Golden State got a wake-up call with Stephen Curry's spill. Will it all add up to a performance worthy of the West finals?

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TrueHoop TV: NBA After Dark

Join Amin Elhassan at 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday for a lively discussion of the conference finals, the NBA Finals and more.

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Dudley: 'Most guys don't want to play with Kobe'

Jared Dudley says Kobe Bryant's refusal to defer to his Lakers teammates this late in his career is a reason players don't want to play alongside him.

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Lowe: Rebirth of the NBA post-up game

While the efficiency of the 3-pointer and the pick-and-roll have dominated NBA offenses, an old standard is making a quiet and effective comeback, Zach Lowe writes.

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Seattle arena investor: No hockey-first plan yet

The investor attempting to build a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle says his group has yet to be presented with a plan that would have a hockey franchise as the first occupant..

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Stars out for Game 5, 9 p.m. on ESPN

Reports are already starting to trickle in that Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Josh Reddick are at Oracle Arena to see the Warriors take on the Rockets. Oh, and Kanye West.

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Most loyal Warriors fans?

78-year-olds Marian Ours and Rosemarie Chonzena have taken the train an hour, then walked about a mile to almost every Golden State home game as season-ticket holders ... since 1988.

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Comical near disaster as Curry did his customary hallway sprint and nearly ran into Bogut as AB emerged from the locker room

Staving off elimination, 9 p.m. on ESPN

With a win in Game 5, the Rockets would become just the fifth team in NBA history to win at least 5 straight elimination games in a single postseason.

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Dudley: Melo the most overrated player

“The reason I say Carmelo, is because Carmelo is viewed as a top-five player, he’s viewed in the NBA as a top-five,” Bucks F Jared Dudley said in an interview with Colin Cowherd. “You gotta get your team to the playoffs. LeBron with that roster ... he would have got them to the playoffs, he would have got them to at least the 8th seed."

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Rockets confident for road game

James Harden says the Rockets believe they have a shot to come back vs. the Warriors heading into Game 5. "Having an opportunity to win here Game 1 and Game 2 gives us confidence as well."

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LeBron and the two Celtics

LeBron James is only one of three players to play in five NBA Finals and five All-Star games in five consecutive seasons. The other two players? Boston Celtics legends Bill Russell and Bob Cousy.

Curry: 'I'll be ready to go'

Steph Curry, sporting a sleeve on his arm, met with doctors following a scary fall in Game 4, but is ready to try to close out the Rockets.

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Thibodeau firing grows more likely

The Bulls are giving increasing consideration to firing coach Tom Thibodeau and absorbing the corresponding financial hit, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. There's nearly $9M left on the coach's contract. Story

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Dudley: 'We love you, Kobe, but c’mon.'

In a radio appearance with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, Milwaukee Bucks F Jared Dudley said Kobe Bryant’s refusal to defer to his Lakers teammates at this late stage in his career is why, Dudley said, “most guys don’t want to play with Kobe.”

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Rockets survive when cornered

Houston is one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs, but it has done well in that position. The Rockets have won 4 straight elimination games, 1 win away from tying the second-longest streak in a single postseason (via Elias).

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Steph Curry needs five 3s to break the record for most made 3s in a single series. He has made at least five in each of his last six games.

Warriors golden in home eliminators

Golden State is 15-2 all-time with a chance to close out a series at home, best in NBA history. In all, the Warriors have won 5 straight home games with a chance to clinch and haven't lost such a game since the 1976 Western Conference finals.