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Dwight Howard Receives 7th Tech Of Playoffs

May 27, 2015 10:26 PM

Dwight Howard received his seventh technical of the playoffs during the second quarter of Game 5 following an tepid altercation with Andrew Bogut (Vine).

Howard would have been suspended for Game 6.

The NBA also could have rescinded the technical, which is now a moot point.

Playoff technicals don't carry over to the beginning of the next regular season.

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NBA Decides Against Upgrading Dwight Howard's Flagrant Foul On Bogut

May 26, 2015 7:19 PM

The NBA has decided to not upgrade the flagrant foul one committed by Dwight Howard in Game 4.

Howard elbowed Andrew Bogut and some said it could be upgraded to a flagrant foul two, which would have resulted in a suspension for Howard.

"Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but not deemed excessive by the officials working the game with the aid of the replace center. And we don't see a reason to modify that," said Rod Thorn.

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Jason Terry To Play Another Season, Rockets Expected To Pursue New Deal

May 25, 2015 11:49 PM

Jason Terry said he will not retire and plans to play his 17th NBA season in 2015-16.

"One hundred percent," Terry said.

The Houston Rockets are expected to try to re-sign Terry, who has been a contributor for the team as the starter with Patrick Beverley out.

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Conference Finals Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-2)

May 23, 2015 12:30 AM

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are each up 2-0 in their Conference Finals' matchups against the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2)

Warriors: 113.8 / 110.1

Rockets: 109.6 / 109.0

Hawks: 98.6 / 98.4

Cavaliers:  107.5 / 108.2

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Dwight Howard Questionable For Game 2, Rockets Preparing For Him Not To Play

May 20, 2015 7:17 PM

Dwight Howard is questionable for Game 2 with a sprained left knee. Howard sat out the Houston Rockets' practice on Wednesday.

Howard and Kevin McHale both said that his availability will depend how he feels Thursday throughout the day and before game time.

"I have to listen to my body," Howard said. "The most important thing is that I'm healthy. Nobody can understand an injury but the person that's injured. So, it's going to be on how I feel. If I feel I can tolerate and go out and play through it, then I will. But my career is the most important thing.

"I want to do whatever I can to help this team, but I can't help the team if I'm hurt."

McHale said he isn't sure what adjustments he'll have to make if Howard can't play.

"We'll deal with that (Thursday), I'm not sure what it's going to be," he said. "I'm not going to speculate. We'll see where Dwight's at tomorrow and make our adjustments accordingly. I want Dwight to play tomorrow, but today is not tomorrow, and we'll find out what that is tomorrow."

Most of the Rockets' players said they were gearing their mindsets toward Howard not playing.

"Yeah, we'll see how the rest of the day goes and tomorrow's shootaround," said star guard James Harden. "Hopefully, the big fella can be out there helping us out. But we'll take it for what it is in the morning."

"We've dealt with injuries and uncertainty all year and we've always come out on top our situation," forward Trevor Ariza said. "It's no different now. We just have to step up and take a bigger role in what we're doing if Dwight can't go. You can't worry about if he's going to play or not. Of course, he's a big part of what we're doing and a big part of our team, but if he can't go, we can't use that as an excuse not to try to win the game."

Carl Steward/Mercury News

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Game 1 Of WCF On ESPN Up 38 Percent Compared To 2013

May 20, 2015 12:25 PM

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on ESPN drew a 5.4 overnight rating, according to Ben Cafardo of ESPN.

That is up 38 percent from the last time ESPN televised the WCF in 2013 featuring the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors and Rockets play in the sixth largest and 10th largest markets in the county while also featuring this season's MVP (Stephen Curry) and runner-up (James Harden.

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Dwight Howard Hopeful Of Playing Game 2

May 20, 2015 12:19 AM

Dwight Howard sat out the final part of the Houston Rockets' Game 1 loss at the Golden State Warriors with a knee injury.

Howard doesn't consider the injury serious and is hopeful of playing Game 2.

"Hopefully I can play," said Howard.

“Thank God it’s nothing major, but bruises around your knee are very hard to do a lot of things I want to do."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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Patrick Beverley Ruled Out For WCF After Testing Wrist

May 19, 2015 3:41 PM

Patrick Beverley attempted to return from his wrist injury, but he has now been ruled out for the Western Conference Finals.

Beverley worked out twice on Monday on the eve of Game 1, but a second trip to the gym made him realize he won't be able to play.

“It’s a no-go for the series,” a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. “He’s done trying.”

Beverley still has a pin in his hand from surgery to repair a torn ligament, and the reaction times necessary to catch, pass and dribble are nowhere near the level needed for him to return in the near future, sources said.

Beverley had surgery March 31, and the plan has been for him to take four months for a full recovery.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Patrick Beverley Has Cast Removed As He Tests Options To Return In WCF

May 18, 2015 4:11 PM

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley had the cast removed on his surgically-repaired left wrist Monday and will examine smaller braces to test his capacity to play in the Western Conference Finals, league sources told RealGM.

Beverley has a strong desire to return to the Rockets’ lineup against the Golden State Warriors, and will test his left wrist in ball handling drills on Monday night, a step toward determining his status, a source said.

If Beverley returns, he would need to find a brace capable of protecting his wrist and allowing him to use his pain tolerance.

Beverley, 26, averaged 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 56 games this season. He suffered the wrist injury in late March.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-6)

May 16, 2015 4:21 PM

All four Conference Semifinals have played six games with the Warriors, Cavaliers and Hawks eliminating the Grizzlies, Bulls and Wizards, while the Clippers and Rockets will meet in Game 7.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2/Game 3/Game 4/Game 5/Game 6)

Cavaliers: 109.0 / 122.4 / 109.1 / 95.9 / 119.4 / 118.7

Bulls117.3 / 105.1 / 112.5 / 93.7 / 113.8 / 92.2

Hawks: 106.1 / 113.4 / 108.7 / 111.7 / 84.7 / 100.8

Wizards112.6 / 96.3 / 110.8 / 106.4 / 83.6 / 97.5

Warriors112.6 / 94.7 / 96.9 / 107.1 / 113.2 / 118.3 

Grizzlies: 95.9 / 102.1 / 107.8 / 89.0 / 90.1 / 104.0

Rockets: 93.9 / 110.8 / 110.7 / 91.4 / 128.4 / 115.2

Clippers108.8 / 105.0 / 126.1 / 123.2 / 106.6  / 103.6

Series Points Per 100 Possessions (Offense/Defense)

Cavaliers: 110.5 / 104.2

Bulls: 104.2 / 110.5

Hawks: 103.3 / 100.3

Wizards: 100.3 / 103.3

Warriors: 106.6 / 97.8

Grizzlies: 97.8 / 106.6

Rockets: 105.8 / 111.5

Clippers: 111.5 / 105.8

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-5)
All four Conference Semifinals have played five games with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hawks holding three games to two series leads over the Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets and Wizards respectively.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-4)
All four Conference Semifinals have played four games with the Cavaliers/Bulls, Hawks/Wizards and Warriors/Grizzlies tied at 2-2, and the Clippers holding a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets.

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Dwight Howard Fined $15K For Making Contact Above Shoulders With Barnes
Dwight Howard fined $15,000 for making contact above the shoulders with Matt Barnes.

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James Harden Doesn't Like Hack-A-DJ Strategy
DeAndre Jordan attempted 28 free throws in the first half, which broke up the rhythm of the game.

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Corey Brewer Fined $5K By NBA For Violating Anti-Flopping Rules
Corey Brewer was fined $5,000 for violating anti-flopping rules in Game 2 of the Rockets' series against the Clippers.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1, 2)
All four Conference Semifinals series are tied at 1-1 after the first two games.

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Rivers: Dwight Howard Hasn't Played This Athletic Since Magic Days
Doc Rivers praised the play of Dwight Howard in Game 1 of the Clippers-Rockets series.

Jenny Dial Creech/Houston Chronicle

Stephen Curry Finishes Ahead Of Harden, LeBron To Win MVP
Stephen Curry has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in what was more of a landslide than many expected.

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Chris Paul Questionable For Game 1 With Hamstring Strain
Chris Paul suffered a left hamstring strain in Game 7 against the Spurs on Saturday.

Brad Turner/Los Angeles Times

Carlisle Believes Refs Have Not Controlled Physicality In Mavs-Rockets Series
Mark Cuban also appeared agitated about the officiating, with Adam Silver in attendance.

Brad Townsend/Dallas Morning News

Josh Smith Following 9-Assist 2nd Half: This Is Why I Came Here
Of Josh Smith's nine assists, six were on dunks and five were lobs to Dwight Howard.

Seth Partnow/Washington Post

K.J. McDaniels Likely Out For Season With Fractured Wrist
K.J. McDaniels will be a restricted free agent in the summer.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups
Anthony Davis will be making his first appearance in the playoffs.

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Brook Lopez, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
Brook Lopez led the Nets to a 3-1 week, averaging 20.8 ppg on 59.4 percent shooting, 10.3 rpg and 2.0 bpg in 36.0 mpg.

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Dwight Howard Hopes To Increase Minutes
Dwight Howard has been on a minutes restriction, which has made it tough to get into a flow.

Jenny Dial Creech/Houston Chronicle

Patrick Beverley To Undergo Surgery On Wrist, Out For Season
Patrick Beverley will be a free agent this offseason.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Dwight: Harden And I Aren't Super Close But We Talk
Dwight Howard was asked if his relationship with Kobe Bryant has informed how he and James Harden get along.

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

Donatas Motiejunas Out Minimum Of 1-2 Weeks With Back Injury
Donatas Motiejunas will be removed from basketball activities for one to two weeks.

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Dwight Howard Returns With 4 Points, 7 Rebounds In 16 Minutes
Dwight Howard played just over 16 minutes after two months of rehab on his knee.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Patrick Beverley Has Torn Ligament In Wrist
Patrick Beverley will wait 7-10 days before deciding his next steps.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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