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Golden State Of Mind

Preview: Warriors limp into Houston with series tied at 2-2

After a horrid loss in Game 4, the Warriors travel to Beyonce’s hometown for a critical Game 5 against the Rockets. I’ll keep it brief. Game 4 was an emotional roller coaster with great twists and turns that ultimately ended with everyone puking on each other. Today is a new day. Klay Thompson strained his knee and tried playing through it. Andre Iguodala was out with a leg contusion. Their injuries played a role in the Warriors fourth quarter collapse, but the Warriors lost on their own. Their play was defined by bad shots and a lack of focus. The Dubs made three field goals in the...

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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson listed as questionable for Game 5

HOUSTON — The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (left lateral leg contusion) and Klay Thompson (left knee strain) are listed as questionable for Game 5 Thursday night of the Western Conference finals against the Rockets. Iguodala missed Tuesday’s Game 4 loss after sustaining the injury late in Game 3. After tweaking his knee early in the second quarter of Game 4, Thompson headed to the locker room and was evaluated by the team’s training staff. He returned little more than four minutes later. Iguodala participated partially in practice Wednesday at the...

Los Angeles Times

Chris Paul's improved play, and health, could give Rockets the edge over Warriors

James Harden rolled his eyes and sighed through the thick brush of beard hiding most of his face during the postgame news conference. Chris Paul shrugged off the injury question, but in private conversations, the veteran point guard acknowledged that something wasn’t OK. His foot was bothering...

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Warriors news: Andre Iguodala upgraded to questionable vs. Rockets

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been upgraded to questionable after sustaining a left lateral leg contusion in Game 3 against the Houston Rockets, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. Iguodala seemed to knock knees and shortly after headed to the bench after suffering the injury, but his X-rays confirmed no structural […] The post Warriors news: Andre Iguodala upgraded to questionable vs. Rockets appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Andre Iguodala doubtful for Game 4 vs. Rockets

The Golden State Warriors might come into Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets this Tuesday minus their 2015 NBA Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala. According to the Warriors’ official Twitter account, the 34-year-old forward has been labeled as doubtful for Tuesday’s contest. Injury report for tomorrow night's Game 4 vs. Houston: […] The post Andre Iguodala doubtful for Game 4 vs. Rockets appeared first on ClutchPoints.

SFGate

Andre Iguodala injury could test Warriors’ wing depth vs. Rockets

Shortly after Warriors head coach Steve Kerr left his post-practice media scrum Monday afternoon, vice president of communications Raymond Ridder made a startling announcement: Andre Iguodala — the team’s most essential role player — is doubtful for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night with a left lateral leg contusion. Iguodala sustained the injury late in Sunday night’s Game 3 rout of the Rockets, when the side of his left knee collided with James Harden’s right knee. Asked postgame about that fourth-quarter sequence, Kerr eased fans’ concerns,...

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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala doubtful for Game 4 with knee injury

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is listed as doubtful for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against Houston on Tuesday night with a left knee contusion. Iguodala left Sunday’s Game 3 rout of the Rockets for good midway through the fourth quarter after knocking knees with James Harden. After the game, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said of Iguodala: "I think he’s OK there. He got banged on the knee. … He said he would be all right." Iguodala, 34, is set to have an X-ray later Monday. If he must miss time, that would be a significant blow to a...

www.chron.com

Rockets stick with struggling Mbah a Moute as he comes back from shoulder injury

Mbah a Moute, who dislocated his right shoulder on a dunk in Los Angeles on the second-to-last game of the season, has had pain in the shoulder throughout his seven games since coming back. But he said he is also trying to find a rhythm after sitting out for four weeks, a challenge with fewer intense practices in the post-season.

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DeMarcus Cousins won’t guarantee return to Pelicans: ‘I’m going to do what’s best for me’

Life has been hard for DeMarcus Cousins, going down to a torn Achilles injury in the same game his New Orleans Pelicans had taken down the Houston Rockets, who were just starting to hit stride in the regular season. The Pels made an unexpected push for the postseason, sweeping their way past their first-round opponents […] The post DeMarcus Cousins won’t guarantee return to Pelicans: ‘I’m going to do what’s best for me’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Warriors' Stephen Curry says he's 'feeling great' and not playing with an injury

After making just 1 of 8 3-pointers and spending much of the night targeted by the Rockets' offense, Warriors star guard Stephen Curry brushed off any suggestions that he is playing with an injury or even limited in just his sixth game since coming back from a sprained left knee he suffered March 23.

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Steve Kerr jokes about the effect of Stephen Curry’s injury on rough Game 2

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was noticeably out of his usual form during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals series against the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. Curry scored 16 points on 7-for-19 shooting from the field. He was especially horrible from long range, as he missed seven of his eight 3-point attempts. […] The post Steve Kerr jokes about the effect of Stephen Curry’s injury on rough Game 2 appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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History is with the Warriors in Game 2s

The desperate Rockets know Game 2 is a must-win. For the Warriors, Game 2s are usually-wins. The last time the Warriors lost a Game 2 in the playoffs was in 2015, at home in the NBA Finals to Cleveland. In the game following the devastating injury to Kyrie Irving, LeBron James shouldered the load for the Cavaliers, with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Klay Thompson led the Warriors, who lost the game in overtime, with 34 points. The Warriors also lost a Game 2 in that 2015 postseason to Memphis, which shocked the crowd at Oracle: it...

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Jerry West says Clips ‘stuck with nowhere’ to go before Blake Griffin trade

After losing Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, the L.A. Clippers were at a standstill. They were left with Blake Griffin — who’s injury-ridden history marred the franchise’s bright future. It was a sign that they had to move on, but had initial troubles of doing so, mainly because of the personal connection between Griffin […] The post Jerry West says Clips ‘stuck with nowhere’ to go before Blake Griffin trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Donovan Mitchell diagnosed with left foot soreness, x-rays negative

The Utah Jazz couldn’t escape injury in their series against the Houston Rockets and that was no different in Game 5. Donovan Mitchell had to be helped off the floor in the fourth quarter and didn’t come back until less than a minute left to sit on the bench. The Jazz still had a chance to […] The post Donovan Mitchell diagnosed with left foot soreness, x-rays negative appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Jazz video: Donovan Mitchell escorted back to locker room with injury

In a scary incident, Utah Jazz rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell injured his knee and was then carried back to the locker room on Tuesday night during the team’s playoff game against the Houston Rockets. Here is the footage: Oh no. Mitchell carried to the locker room after banging knees with James Harden… pic.twitter.com/J1aEwlbxmx — Dime […] The post Jazz video: Donovan Mitchell escorted back to locker room with injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Dante Exum suffers non-contact injury in Game 4 vs. Rockets

With Ricky Rubio out for Game 4, the Utah Jazz are already really short-handed, especially at the point guard position. But now, it’s gotten worse. As Daunte Exum drove to the basket, the Aussie point guard suffered a non-contact leg injury. He tried to stay in the possession and shot a 3-pointer. Once the whistle […] The post Dante Exum suffers non-contact injury in Game 4 vs. Rockets appeared first on ClutchPoints.

The J-Notes

Utah Jazz: Dante Exum, Ricky Rubio out for Game 5 with hamstring strains

Dante Exum, who left Sunday’s game with an injury, and Ricky Rubio have been ruled out for Game 5 between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. Utah Jazz fans held their breath when they saw Dante Exum go down with an apparent knee injury on Sunday night. Exum, who was having a great game, collapsed […] Utah Jazz: Dante Exum, Ricky Rubio out for Game 5 with hamstring strains - The J-Notes - The J-Notes - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Jazz news: Ricky Rubio out for Game 3 vs. Rockets

The Utah Jazz are going to be short-handed on Friday night when they try to go up 2-1 in their series against the Houston Rockets. Ricky Rubio has been officially ruled out with a hamstring injury, although he does look closer and closer to a return. Ricky Rubio is officially OUT for Game 3, BTW. […] The post Jazz news: Ricky Rubio out for Game 3 vs. Rockets appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Jimmy Butler singing 'Let Me Love You' is the video you need

OK, so let’s sort out the important details from TMZ’s video story on Wolves guard Jimmy Butler doing some late-night singing at a club in Chicago: 1) Most importantly for Wolves fans: Butler looks to be moving around on stage JUST FINE. So yeah, don’t worry (at least for now) about the knee injury that knocked him out of 17 games late in the year and caused “general soreness” (per Tom Thibodeau) that kept him out of the latter parts of Game 5 against the Rockets. 2) Most importantly for Butler: The man can sing. He belted out “Let Me Love You” by Mario around 2:30 a.m. recently...

The Dream Shake

Game thread: Rockets vs. Jazz - Game 1

The Rockets are now fully healthy, while the Jazz are not. Well, here we are. It’s the second round of the playoffs, and it’s the rebirth of an old playoff rivalry with the Utah Jazz. Now the Houston Rockets got some great news just before the game, when it was revealed that Luc Mbah a Moute, who missed the entire first-round series with the Minnesota Timberwolves with a shoulder injury, will be back in the lineup today. Per MDA, Luc Mbah a Moute will play today as the Rockets begin their series with the Utah Jazz— Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) April 29, 2018 It’s unknown right...

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Report: Ricky Rubio out for Game 1 vs. Rockets, could miss few weeks

According to Tony Jones of Salt Lake Tribune, Ricky Rubio is out for Game 1 vs. Houston Rockets and could miss a few weeks: League sources: Jazz PG Ricky Rubio is OUT for Game 1 against Houston, and could miss as much as a few weeks with a hamstring injury — Tony Jones (@tribjazz) April […] The post Report: Ricky Rubio out for Game 1 vs. Rockets, could miss few weeks appeared first on ClutchPoints.

www.chron.com

Jazz guard Ricky Rubio to miss Game 1 with hamstring injury

HOUSTON (AP) — Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets because of a strained left hamstring. Rubio left Friday night's game against the Thunder in the first quarter with the injury. The team says it does not know how long he will be out, but coach Quin Snyder said after Friday's game he hoped it wasn't too serious. He said the injury "caught up with him a little bit" in a "tough series." Rubio missed a few games late in the season with soreness in the same hamstring, but had not left a game with the problem in the...

The Dream Shake

Luc Mbah a Moute scheduled for re-evaluation next week

The Rockets are hoping to be at full strength next week. As the Rockets look to close out their first-round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves after gaining a commanding 3-1 lead in their historic win on Monday night, they also got some additional good news. According to the Houston Chronicle, forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who has yet to play this postseason after suffering a shoulder injury, will be re-evaluated next week with an eye on returning soon if all goes well. Mbah a Moute suffered the injury back on April 10, which was a dislocated shoulder coming after a dunk. The injury was...

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Rockets injury report: Luc Mbah a Moute to be re-evaluated next week

Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute began shooting over the weekend, but still has not been given a timetable for his return from a dislocated shoulder. Mbah a Moute said last week that he had been progressing more quickly from the injury April 10 than he did when he dislocated the shoulder in December, forcing him to miss a month, but the Rockets have not estimated when he might return.

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Report: Jeff Teague good for Game 5 after dislocating finger

The Minnesota Timberwolves need to be at full strength in Game 5 if they want any chance to upset the Houston Rockets, and good news for them it looks like they will be with their starting point guard. Timberwolves G Tyus Jones (Right Knee Soreness-Questionable) is on injury report. Teague (dislocated finger) is not on […] The post Report: Jeff Teague good for Game 5 after dislocating finger appeared first on ClutchPoints.

LN News Feed: How DeMarcus Cousins’ Achilles Injury Impacts NBA Trade Deadline, Free Agency

Injuries are a part of sports, but that doesn’t make them any easier to tolerate. Unfortunately, New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn Achilles on Friday night in a win over the Houston Rockets, and the ramifications will be far-re