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The Mercury News

NBA playoffs: Why Warriors are confident about overcoming 3-2 deficit to Rockets

The Warriors cited various improvements they showed in a Game 5 loss to Houston.

Fox Sports

On Basketball: Injuries taketh away, and injuries giveth

The NBA playoffs never go according to plan. The Golden State Warriors are proof of that.

Lakers Nation

2018 NBA Playoffs: Kobe Bryant Raves About Trevor Ariza, Recalls Being ‘Inseparable’ As Lakers Teammates

After defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets find...

Lakers Nation

Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma Motivated By Watching Rookies Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons In NBA Playoffs

From a fairly unknown prospect to the steal of 2017 NBA Draft, Kyle Kuzma has established himself as part of the...

NESN.com

Celtics Vs. Cavaliers Live Stream: Watch NBA Playoffs Game 6 Online

Will the Boston Celtics be able to finish off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at Quicken... Read More »

Fox Sports

Jason Whitlock explains why LeBron’s fatigue is mental, not physical

Jason Whitlock talks 2018 NBA Playoffs. Hear why he thinks LeBron James is mentally fatigued, not physically fatigued.

Fox Sports

Jason Whitlock’s reaction to Chris Paul being ruled out of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals

Jason Whitlock on the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Hear his thoughts on the Houston Rockets after it was announced Chris Paul would miss Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors with an injury.

Los Angeles Times

Chris Paul's body has failed him before in playoffs; Rockets will try to eliminate Warriors without him

If you have followed Chris Paul’s NBA career, you had seen this look before — a blank face hiding a boiling anger inside, frustration on the cusp of eruption. Paul’s body, as it has before in the postseason, failed him Thursday night. Before the Rockets announced his fate, Paul knew. It was written...

The Mercury News

NBA playoffs: Warriors falter in Game 5 loss to Rockets

HOUSTON – It wasn’t pretty. Nor was the result. The Warriors walked away with a 98-94 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday. The Warriors trail the Rockets, 3-2, and Houston could close out the series in Game 6 on Saturday at Oracle Arena. Unlike in the […]

CelticsBlog

Celtics look to close out the Cavaliers in Game 6 in Cleveland

The Celtics travel to Cleveland up 3-2 in the series with a chance to move on to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 6. The Celtics once again go into Cleveland with a series lead and this time they look to close out the series if they can get a win in Game 6. The Celtics are 10-0 at home but, in spite of being one of the best road teams in the regular season, they are just 1-6 on the road in these playoffs.That one win was game 6 of the second round when they closed out the 76ers in Philadelphia. LeBron James has been in 21 elimination games and has averaged 33.5 points in those...

ClutchPoints

The Next Paul Pierce Must Push Boston Past Its Greatest Weakness

A new star ignited in Boston during the playoffs, and his name is Jayson Tatum. More precisely, a few celestial beings have crafted their origin stories in Beantown this postseason. Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier have lit up the scoreboard inside TD Garden for 10 straight home playoff games, igniting the Celtics crowd each […] The post The Next Paul Pierce Must Push Boston Past Its Greatest Weakness appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Dunking with Wolves

Minnesota Timberwolves: 5 trade options for this offseason

The Minnesota Timberwolves made the playoffs for the first time since 2004-05. We’re going to look at five trades that can help the Wolves continue their success. It’s that time of the year where we all start to generate trade ideas over the offseason in hopes of making the roster better for next year. Unfortunately, […] Minnesota Timberwolves: 5 trade options for this offseason - Dunking with Wolves - Dunking with Wolves - A Minnesota Timberwolves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

James Harden makes dubious history with 3-point bricks

The Houston Rockets’ James Harden locked in several records in the regular season, mostly for his offensive prowess. But in the playoffs, Harden’s struggles are apparent. And in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors, Harden made history with his 3-point bricks. Harden, who’s known to be a 3-point assassin, was 0-for-11 in Game 5 […] The post James Harden makes dubious history with 3-point bricks appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Lake Show Life

Los Angeles Lakers are open-minded about contract for Julius Randle

With Julius Randle being a restricted free agent, the Los Angeles Lakers will have to make a tough decision regarding his future. The Los Angeles Lakers are heading toward a huge offseason for their franchise, as they hope to make the playoffs next season. Thanks to a great job by the front office recently, the […] Los Angeles Lakers are open-minded about contract for Julius Randle - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

DeseretNews.com

Young Utah Jazz aren't necessarily looking to add older, experienced players

The Utah Jazz were the youngest team among the final eight in the playoffs this year, but general manager Dennis Lindsey says...

NESN.com

Celtics-Cavs Game 5 Notes: Boston’s Home Dominance Reaching Historic Level

BOSTON — TD Garden has felt a lot like the old Boston Garden in the 2018 NBA playoffs. Not only... Read More »

NESN.com

Al Horford Gives Perfect Explanation For Celtics’ Home Dominance In Playoffs

BOSTON — Ten and zero. That’s all you need to say about the Boston Celtics’ dominance on the parquet floor... Read More »

The Mercury News

NBA playoffs: Warriors are “pissed off” and “encouraged” entering Game 5 vs. Rockets

The Warriors are using their Game 4 loss to Houston as motivation entering Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

charlotteobserver

Should Charlotte Hornets pursue a Hassan Whiteside trade? The short and long answer.

How center Hassan Whiteside was used in the playoffs suggests Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t happy with how Whiteside is playing. A recent post by Whiteside on social media …

CelticsBlog

Jayson Tatum is more than a 20 year old rookie

There almost needs to be a new term for what Jayson Tatum has done in the playoffs. Whenever Jayson Tatum does something good (which is very frequent) someone brings up his rookie status and breathlessly mentions that “he’s only 20 years old!” These things are true and it is amazing what he’s doing at his age. Still, it almost seems like he’s already graduated from that status at this point. When does a rookie stop being a rookie? Yes, I know technically it would be after the season ends, but there’s nothing magical about that transitional definition. A freshman doesn’t feel...

SFGate

Warriors game day: Will fatigue be a factor in Game 5 vs. Rockets?

Warriors vs. Rockets, Game 5 of Western Conference finals Time: 6 p.m. PT Where: Toyota Center, Houston Coaches: Steve Kerr, 4th season with Warriors (265-63 with Warriors and overall); Mike D’Antoni, 2nd season with Rockets (120-44 with Rockets and 575-470 overall) TV/Radio: TNT/ESPN Radio and 95.7 The Game Records: Warriors (10-4 in playoffs, 2-2 in series); Rockets (10-4, 2-2) ...

Pounding The Rock

Dejounte Murray on Pop: He’s “Doing Better”

It has been a difficult month for the Spurs head coach after the loss of his wife. The last time Spurs fans heard from Gregg Popovich was over five weeks ago, after Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs vs. the Golden State Warriors. It was the next day that we learned his wife, Erin Popovich, had tragically passed away. Since then Pop has understandably needed his space and privacy to mourn. Yesterday we got our first update on how he is doing thanks to an Instagram post from Dejounte Murray: “Glad to see Coach Pop is doing better, such a strong man who cares more about others...

SFGate

Warriors’ roster flaws on full display vs. Rockets

HOUSTON — In Steve Kerr’s four seasons with the Warriors, the second unit has gone from a glaring issue to a source of pride. Kerr’s "Strength in Numbers" catchphrase adorns billboards and T-shirts, car windows and rally towels. However, the playoffs have a way of exposing weaknesses that the regular season camouflaged. As Golden State prepares for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night in Houston with the series tied at 2-2, it faces a sobering reality: The Warriors’ imbalanced roster has left them vulnerable to the precise type of team they must get...

Hoops Habit

Sacramento Kings: 5 biggest disappointments from 2017-18 NBA season

It was another lost season for the Sacramento Kings in 2017-18, as they finished with a 27-55 record, good for 12th in the Western Conference. The Sacramento Kings had yet another disappointing regular season in 2017-18, failing to qualify for the playoffs for what is now the longest postseason drought in the NBA at 12 seasons. […] Sacramento Kings: 5 biggest disappointments from 2017-18 NBA season - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Luke Walton Says Players Talk About Making Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton said that players discuss making the playoffs but he refrains from bringing it up.

Lakers Practice: Julius Randle Explains The New Expectations For This Team

Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle spoke after practice about his frustration after last night's loss to Portland, this team's winning expectations and the possibility of playoffs.

Lakers Still Using NBA Playoffs As Motivation (And, It's Not Unrealistic)

Larry Nance Jr. says the Lakers definitely still use that No. 8 seed in the NBA playoffs as motivation, and when you look at the current standings, the eighth spot is actually still pretty realistic. The Utah Jazz are currently 8th, and their record is 9-