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Howard picks up 7th tech, faces Game 6 ban

Rockets center Dwight Howard will be suspended for a potential Game 6 on Friday in Houston after picking up his seventh technical of the postseason in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

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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..


Klay Thompson kneed in the head

Klay Thompson pump-faked and got Trevor Ariza in the air. Unfortunately, Ariza's knee hit flush with Thompson's temple and Thompson was woozy on the ground for a moment before walking back to the lockerroom. The Warriors are up 10 early in the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

J.A. Adande @jadande

Harden sits at start of 4Q. (Will this be like Game 6 in LA?) Curry stays in for Warriors

Rockets one quarter from elimination

James Harden now has 11 turnovers in the game, tied for the most in NBA postseason history. That's contributed to some of the Rockets' woes, as they closed the game to 2 points late but gave up an 8-3 run to trail by 6 points after three. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Skiles is frontrunner for Orlando Magic job but, according to ESPN sources, has been interviewed by Pelicans along with Gentry and Van Gundy

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Story going online now: ESPN sources say Scott Skiles has joined Alvin Gentry and Jeff Van Gundy as candidate for New Orleans coaching job

Harden loose with the ball

Draymond Green just stole the ball from James Harden as the Warriors lead by 4 late in the third. For Harden, that was his 10th turnover on the night, one shy of the NBA postseason record. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Resting Klay for awhile makes sense, but I'm not for holding him out till the very end. They can close with Andre if Klay fouls out

Warriors cough up lead

After going up by 10 points, the Warriors gave up a 9-0 run to the Rockets to make it a 1-point game early in the third. More troubling: Klay Thompson picked up his 4th and 5th foul in a hurry and is now nailed to the bench. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

J.A. Adande @jadande

Kerr left Thompson in with 4 and got burned. Barbosa coming in now but it's too late.

Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Look at all the motion on that set: Klay coming off Bogut screen, HB screening screener, Curry hitting Bogut up too & cutting, Klay Backdoor

Dudley: Kobe hurting L.A., Melo overrated

Bucks swingman Jared Dudley didn't shy away from criticizing two of the NBA's most recognizable players, saying Carmelo Anthony is overrated and Kobe Bryant is keeping stars away from L.A. Do you agree?

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets down, 52-46, at the break. This is a team a little upset with the refs right now. Harden has 11, Howard with 12.

Beard not taking care of the ball

James Harden had 8 turnovers in the first half, 5 more than the rest of his teammates combined. The most turnovers in a single half in the past 15 postseasons:

  • Game 5 James Harden - 8
  • 2005 Chauncey Billups - 8
  • 2005 Dwyane Wade - 8


Warriors lead in Game 5 on ESPN

James Harden split the defense and threw down this slam in the second over the Warriors. It was one of the few things that went right for the Rockets in the second as they went from a 5-point first-quarter lead to a 6-point deficit at the half.