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May 27, 2015 Updates

The Jason McIntyre Show airs Sunday on Yahoo Sports Radio (and Sirius channel 92) from 11 am-2 pm. You can click-to-listen to the show here; if you’d like to subscribe and listen on iTunes, click here. The show even has a Facebook page and a Twitter account! Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports talked about how the Bulls are going to screw Thibs, who the Orlando Magic like the NBA draft, and whether Kevin Love will return to Cleveland. Keep an eye on Houston. The Big Lead

Cleveland will play either the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets in the best of seven game NBA Finals, starting on June 4. Mark and Leanne are hoping to make the trip to the US to watch some of the series. “Hopefully (Andrew) Bogut (Golden State centre) gets to the NBA Finals as well, so that we’re guaranteed of an Aussie winning,’’ Mark said. Bendigo Advertiser

Stu Jackson: Baffled #Howard contact was not upgraded to FFP2. Hard contact to face, reckless, released arm and flailed for free head shot and history. Twitter

The NBA's review of Dwight Howard's contact with Andrew Bogut concluded that it did not rise to the level of excessive because Howard was trying to free himself from a tie-up with Bogut, president of basketball operations Rod Thorn told CBSSports.com Tuesday. "It was a very close call as far as I'm concerned," Thorn said. "As Bogut is holding his arm down, Howard tries to extricate his arm. He doesn't hit him with his elbow, by the way. He hits him with the back of his hand, maybe a touch of the wrist. To me, it was unnecessary, but I didn't think it was excessive." CBSSports.com

May 26, 2015 Updates

“Teams are switching more,” says Danny Ainge, the Celtics GM. “And that means the post-up is still relevant.” Brutalize the switch, and a team may ditch the idea — unshackling the pick-and-roll again. Posting up against mismatches isn’t just for big guys, either. The Rockets know Terry can’t stick with Curry, but they can’t slide him over to Thompson or Harrison Barnes, either. Those guys aren’t high-volume post-up killers, but they’ve shown they’re just polished enough to do back-to-the-basket damage against shrimps. You don’t have to be great. You just have to be competent. That competence has been a crucial ingredient for Golden State in this series against Terry, and in past playoff series against Tony Parker and Ty Lawson. Grantland

Facing the prospect of elimination from the playoffs Monday night, Rockets guard Jason Terry was adamant that Game 4 of these Western Conference finals would by no means be his last. At 37 and soon to be a free agent, Terry told ESPN.com that he fully intends to return for a 17th NBA season in 2015-16. "One hundred percent," Terry said before Monday's tipoff. ESPN.com

Curry's fall almost took away a lot more from the Warriors, putting everybody associated with the franchise through an emotional wringer. But Game 5 is another day, and Curry will be playing in it. "We just don't want to come back to Houston," Thompson said. "We want to go to the finals for the first time in 40 years or whatever. "It's not going to be easy; (the Rockets) are here for a reason. We have to come and play with more intensity and play together, and we'll win the game." Contra Costa Times

May 25, 2015 Updates

“Most teams can’t come back from being down 3-1, but we did,” Harden said. “We have to continue to fight — to go out there and play Rockets basketball. It’s win or go home. We understand that.” For the Rockets, the key is going to be playing with more energy, Harden said. The Rockets lost Game 3 at Toyota Center 115-80 on Saturday night. “Our energy was low,” he said. “We couldn’t get a rhythm. They got it going. Once they got it going, it’s hard to come back being down 20- 25 points. We can’t get in a hole like that against a team this good.” Houston Chronicle

 

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