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Klay Thompson played through his sore left knee, but was a bit gimpy on his way to just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting with two 3-pointers in Tuesday's 95-92 loss to the Rockets.

Thompson's knee injury aside, he was in the spotlight near the end of the game as Kevin Durant curiously decided to pass the ball to him, despite Klay being trapped in the corner and with Durant only needing a two-pointer to tie the game. Thompson didn't get much of a shot off and Stephen Curry missed a shot at the final buzzer that gave the Rockets the unlikely win. Hopefully Thompson is good to go for Thursday's Game 5 in Houston, as the Warriors are probably going to need him.
May 22 - 11:52 PM

Stephen Curry took over Tuesday's Western Conference Playoff game in the third quarter when the Warriors went on a 34-17 run to take control of Game 4, but then saw the Rockets bounce back to steal the 95-92 win in Oakland, tying the series at 2-2.

Curry put on a clinic in the third quarter and finished with 28 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and six 3-pointers on 10-of-26 shooting in 39 minutes on Tuesday. Curry also got a last-second opportunity after Chris Paul oddly made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, but couldn't get it to go down. It was, however, a bit shocking to see him as wide open as he was, and Curry was probably as surprised as anyone, as well. Game 5 is Thursday night in Houston.
May 22 - 11:46 PM

Kevin Durant had 27 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer on 9-of-24 shooting in 43 minutes of Tuesday's 95-92 loss to the Rockets, and made an interesting decision to pass the ball to an ailing Klay Thompson with the game on the line in the closing seconds.

With the Warriors only down two points in the final 10 seconds, Durant had the ball and could have worked his way to the basket, or at least found an open man, but he chose to pass the ball to Thompson, who was already dealing with a sore knee. Additionally, Thompson was trapped in the corner and had no chance of getting off a good shot, making Durant's pass look even worse. The series is knotted at 2-2 with Game 5 set for Houston on Thursday night. But if this series ends poorly for the Warriors, critics will look back to Durant's decision at the end of Game 4 as a big reason why it happened.
May 22 - 11:39 PM

Chris Paul hit a monster 3-pointer and finished with 27 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal and five 3-pointers on 10-of-20 shooting as the Rockets beat the Warriors 95-92 in a thriller to tie their series at 2-2 in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.

Paul helped the Rockets go on a 25-12 run to end the game and was the most amped player on the court when it was over, but he curiously made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining that left the door open for GSW, but Steph Curry's open look at the buzzer was off target. After Curry led the Warriors to a 34-17 rout in the third quarter it looked like this game, and series, were over, but the Rockets pulled off a miracle. James Harden led the Rockets with 30 points in the win and Game 5 is in Houston on Thursday night.
May 22 - 11:35 PM

Klay Thompson (knee) is available to return to Game 4.

He took a spill on the offensive end and came up limping and holding his left knee. The Warriors diagnosed with him a left knee strain, but it must be pretty minor because they cleared him to play after just a few minutes in the locker room.
Source: Warriors PR
May 22 - 9:39 PM

Kevon Looney will start in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Tuesday.

Looney will be replacing Andre Iguodala who is day-to-day with a leg bruise. The rest of the starting lineup remains intact, so Looney will be joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. This lineup combo has been very successful during this series with an offensive efficiency rating of 123.8 and a defensive efficiency rating of 76.9.
May 22 - 8:45 PM

Andre Iguodala (bruised leg) has been officially ruled out for Game 4.

He was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on Tuesday morning, but after receiving treatment and getting some shots up during warmups, the Warriors ruled him out. "If he was close, he'd play," coach Steve Kerr said. "He's injured. We'll see what happens in a couple days." In typical Kerr fashion, the Warriors aren't expected to reveal his replacement in the starting five until a few minutes before tip-off. With that said, Kevon Looney is the favorite to draw the start.
May 22 - 7:19 PM

Shane Larkin (shoulder) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavs.

While it's unlikely that he'll play on Wednesday, Brad Stevens did say there's a chance he could return at some point during the Eastern Conference Finals. Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Semi Ojeleye will continue to split Larkin's minutes in his absence.
May 22 - 3:20 PM

Andre Iguodala (bruised leg) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 vs. Houston.

An X-ray and MRI confirmed that Iguodala is not dealing with any structural damage, so his ability to play will likely be a matter of pain tolerance. He has received treatment on his leg several times over the past 24 hours, and he said if he does play he'll likely be rocking a pad on his left leg. He's headed for a game-time call, but if he does sit this one out, Kevon Looney would likely replace him in the starting five and there would be more minutes available for Nick Young.
May 22 - 2:23 PM

Donovan Mitchell (foot) was unanimously selected to the All-Rookie First Team.

Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen were also selected to the All-Rookie First Team, while Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Bogdan Bogdanovic, Josh Jackson and John Collins received All-Rookie Second Team honors. Mitchell is reportedly still sporting a walking boot after suffering a foot injury during the fourth quarter of Utah's Game 5 loss to Houston, but the injury is not considered serious and he's fully expected to be 100% by the time training camp rolls along.
May 22 - 2:17 PM

Shane Battier is expected to get a second interview with the Pistons for their front office position.

Battier is currently working in Miami as the Heat's director of basketball development and analytics. Miami granted Battier permission to meet with Detroit earlier this month. The Pistons were impressed by Battier in their first interview, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
May 22 - 1:58 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said "there's not one single person" in the Pelicans organization that doesn't want to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins is reportedly seeking a max contract despite his recent Achilles tear. The Pels played well without Cousins last season, but losing a player with his combination of size and skill via free agency would be tough for New Orleans to swallow. "The bottom line is that obviously we'd like to have him back on our team," Gentry said on Monday. "Anyone that thinks you're better having a guy that averaged [25 PPG, 13 RPG, 5 APG] not on your team is really kind of not in tune to what it takes to win in this league."
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 1:41 PM

Donte DiVincenzo said he expects to remain in the 2018 NBA draft.

DiVincenzo, like all other underclassmen on the fence, has until May 30th before deciding whether to withdraw his name from the draft pool. Last week, he was reportedly looking for a first-round guarantee. After excelling in scrimmages at the combine in Chicago and testing off the charts, he's likely received the guarantee he was looking for. He'll likely land somewhere in the 20's.
May 22 - 1:02 PM

The Timberwolves have "taken some calls" on Karl-Anthony Towns, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Earlier this week on his podcast, ESPN's Zach Lowe said that Towns and the Wolves were "not in a good place." Windhorst reports that he doesn't think the Wolves are looking to trade KAT, but "teams are definitely sniffing around." It seems extremely unlikely that Minnesota would seriously consider moving Towns, but stranger things have happened. We will certainly keep an eye on this situation over the summer.
Source: NBC Sports
May 22 - 12:26 PM

New Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said he plans to push Giannis Antetokounmpo and that Antetokounmpo is "going to get a lot better."

Antetokounmpo was unstoppable at times last season. He finished the season averaging 26.9 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks. Incredibly, Giannis is still just 23 years old. Coach Budenholzer wants the Greek Freak to take his game to the next level. "He's a smart player," Budenholzer said. "I think together, he and I will probably push each other. But I look forward to pushing him. He believes it, I believe it. He's going to get a lot better."
May 22 - 10:51 AM



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