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Andre Iguodala (left leg) is listed as questionable for Game 6 against Houston on Saturday.

Iggy's already missed the last two games and could potentially miss Game 6 as well, which is not good news for Golden State. The Warriors play better with him, especially against the Rockets. If he does miss Game 6, expect Kevon Looney to remain in the starting role. We'll know more tomorrow as game-time approaches.
May 25 - 1:35 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni says that Eric Gordon will start Game 6 against the Warriors on Saturday.

With Chris Paul being out due to a right hamstring strain, it's no surprise Gordon will get the start here. It's Gordon's first start of the playoffs and the Rockets will need him to step up to replace how well CP3 has played over the last couple of games. Paul's status going forward is still uncertain, so Gordon could also start on Monday in Game 7 if the Warriors win Game 6 on Saturday.
May 25 - 1:18 PM

Chris Paul will not play in Game 6 on Saturday against Golden State due to a right hamstring strain.

CP3 tweaked his right hamstring late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Thursday. He'll be re-evaluated again once the team returns to Houston, but this is not the news that the Rockets wanted to hear. Eric Gordon will have to step up on the offensive end in a major way, which he's shown he can do. This season when Paul and James Harden were sitting, Gordon averaged 34.6 points and 6.5 assists per 40 minutes. He played 36 minutes in Game 5, his most of this postseason. Expect somewhere around there again in Game 6.
May 25 - 12:25 PM

Coach Brad Stevens does not think Shane Larkin (shoulder) will play in Game 6 against Cleveland on Friday.

Larkin hasn't played all series and wasn't expected to, so the game plan will not change for the Celtics. He's doubtful for the rest of the series if it were to be extended to a Game 7.
May 25 - 11:47 AM

Steve Kerr says Andre Iguodala is improving "incrementally" but that his availability for Game 6 is still unknown.

The Warriors now have their backs against the wall and are clearly hurting from not having Iggy in the lineup. On the season the Warriors are 0-4 against the Rockets without him in the lineup versus a 3-1 record with him.
May 25 - 11:19 AM

Raptors President Masai Ujiri will reportedly "explore all options" with regards to shaking up Toronto's roster this offseason.

He will likely be returning with the Raptors, but after a season that saw the franchise's best record end in a second-round sweep to the Cavaliers, nothing is out of the question for Toronto. Ujiri already fired Coach of the Year finalist Dwane Casey.
Source: Toronto Sun
May 25 - 10:26 AM

Damian Lillard is reportedly requesting a follow-up meeting with Blazer owner Paul Allen.

"I hear that he is asking for another meeting," an NBA front-office source told John Canzano of the Oregonian. Lillard was recently named to the All-NBA First Team, and is looking for a follow-up meeting with Allen to discuss the possibility of bringing in high profile free agents to prime the Blazers for a deep playoff run. After a great regular season, followed by a season-ending sweep at the hands of the six-seed Pelicans, you can't blame him.
May 25 - 10:17 AM

After Game 5 on Thursday Chris Paul (right hamstring) said, "I will be all right."

When asked about Game 6 he said, "Oh yeah." CP3 was hopping in a Maybach outside of the Toyota Center after the game and appears to be confident in his status for Game 6, which would be series changing news for the Rockets if he’s able to play. Paul is optimistic, but he'll still need to be re-evaluated and we can expect some form of update by Friday afternoon.
May 25 - 9:33 AM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he's "worried" about Chris Paul (right hamstring) playing in Game 6 on Saturday.

"He'll be evaluated tomorrow," D'Antoni said. If there is good news on this, it's that it's not a left hammy issue because that is the leg that gave him problems during this season. Based on how distraught CP3 looked as he went to the locker room after the game, it would almost be a shock to see him out there for Game 6, and maybe he can play in Game 7. Eric Gordon and James Harden will both have to play lights out.
May 25 - 12:20 AM

James Harden struggled in a 98-94 victory over the Warriors in Game 5, making 5-of-21 from the field for 19 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers in 39 minutes.

It was an absolutely brutal game and now Harden has missed 20 treys in a row, including 11 misses tonight to tie him with John Starks in 1994 for most 3-point attempts without a make in a playoff game. Harden is going to have to play better in the rest of this series because of Chris Paul (hamstring) likely being limited or out. He may also have to see more Andre Iguodala (leg). Even though the Rockets have a 3-2 lead, you could argue they're the underdogs to win this series unless we get good news on CP3.
May 25 - 12:06 AM

Eric Gordon scored 24 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He made some big plays on both ends late in this game. Moving forward, coach Mike D'Antoni said Gordon could be looking at a play-making role while Chris Paul (hamstring) is out. Nothing is official yet on CP3, but for now we're expecting Gordon to post huge numbers in 36-42 minutes in Game 6 on Saturday.
May 24 - 11:58 PM

P.J. Tucker scored eight points with nine rebounds and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He was the key piece on defense with strong play on the perimeter and around the basket. Before the game, coach Mike D'Antoni said he wanted to dial back Tucker's minutes, but that didn't happen too much after his 44-minute Tuesday. He'll be playing a ton on Saturday and could get more shots if Chris Paul (hamstring) is banged up.
May 24 - 11:55 PM

Kevin Durant scored 29 points with four rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes during a 98-94 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 on Thursday.

Again, the passing wasn't there with 18 dimes tonight and 14 in Game 4 -- they averaged 29.3 per game in the regular season. Coach Steve Kerr was getting on his guys to cut and Kerr said after the game that his offense was better today than Tuesday. Kerr also told KD to "trust these guys" during a timeout, but afterwards said throwing the ball to KD is a good option. Isolation ball has been a big part of the GS struggles, and KD was really struggling to get good shots late. Besides that, turnovers were costly with 16, including a team-high six from Draymond Green. This is hardly the Warriors team we saw in the playoffs last year.
Source: NBA on TNT
May 24 - 11:51 PM

Stephen Curry scored 22 points with seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Rockets in a Game 5 loss.

It took eight minutes of game action for Curry to get his first shot from the field, which just can't happen. The Warriors still can't get back to their bread-and-butter offense with Steph at the helm and their passes doing the work, and all the credit goes to the Rockets. Maybe that'll change in Game 6 on Saturday.
May 24 - 11:42 PM

Kevon Looney scored four points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes in a start against the Rockets on Thursday.

Coach Steve Kerr really mixed up his rotation with David West and Quinn Cook entering, and Nick Young moving out of the rotation until very late. Looney's usage rate was 0.0 in the first half, and the Rockets seem to know that the non-stars won't be shooting. Looney played much better in the second half, but he could be moving to the bench on Saturday, especially if Andre Iguodala returns. The Warriors miss Iggy big time.
May 24 - 11:39 PM



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