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May 18, 2015 Updates

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees it’s an issue. In fact, team officials who do may be in the minority. “Change the rule? For what?” asked an Eastern Conference GM who is on the NBA’s Competition Committee. “For DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard? Learn to shoot free throws.” A league source says that almost 80% of this season’s hacking was done to five players: Jordan, Andre Drummond of Detroit and Howard, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey of Houston. Forbes.com

The Houston Rockets are operating under the premise that perimeter defensive ace Patrick Beverley, out since March with a torn ligament in his left wrist, is unlikely to play in the forthcoming Western Conference finals, according to league sources. Beverley is scheduled to have his cast removed in coming days and says he's hopeful of being cleared to play, but sources told ES‎PN.com that the Rockets are pessimistic about Beverley healing sufficiently quickly to return in this round against the 67-win Golden State Warriors. ESPN.com

And once again we have another case of rejection. If you watch closely, you can see Harden borrowing the pen from a kid holding a jersey. He uses it to sign his shoe and then gives it to another kid while the pen owner tried to accept the signed shoe. BallIsLife.com

"I don't think we all came together just to get to the Western Conference finals," Dwight Howard said. "All of us are in pursuit of that ring. We're happy, but none of us are satisfied. We just have that focus about us, and we want to win. It's not going to be easy, and we don't want it to be. We want to fight for it — for what we think is ours." James Harden scored 31 points, Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday to punch their ticket to the conference finals. It's the ninth time in NBA history that a team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win a playoff series. USA Today Sports

“I jump on the court and try to compete,” said Prigioni, whose 38th birthday coincided with the Rockets’ 113-100 victory against the Clippers. “I’m a very unselfish guy and I’m not thinking to score or take shots. I can do a lot of things on the court. … I try to do everything I can to help the team win.” For the Rockets to take Game 7 and steal the series from the Clippers, they needed 31 points from James Harden, 16 points and 15 rebounds from Dwight Howard, and 37 combined points from Josh Smith and Trevor Ariza. They also needed Prigioni, who captured the resiliency and intensity of a squad that refused to cave when nearly every single fan, critic and supporter let go of 2014-15 near the end of the third quarter of Game 6. “Those plays that Pablo made … turn the events of a game and helped us prevail,” said Harden, whose face became animated when Prigioni’s name was mentioned. Houston Chronicle

Morey did not comment when asked about overcoming those doubts, but did say a point was made by the Rockets players, who “rallied around” the predictions that the Clippers would win Game 7. “I was happy all out guys played well so they can all enjoy tonight and get ready to get on the flight tomorrow,” Morey said. “I think they’ll all know tonight pretty much everybody stepped up. “I think they were upset people were mostly picking the Clippers to win on our home floor. I think that was something that rallied our guys. I think we’ll be underdogs the next round, too. So, hopefully, we keep shocking the world, too.” Houston Chronicle

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said his team has a good chance to beat the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, which starts Tuesday in Oakland. "They had the most wins in the league," Alexander said after Sunday's series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. "A great shooting team, but we have a competitive fire and a competitive spirit. We have two superstars [Dwight Howard and James Harden]. We play really good defense. We hit the boards. We got a good chance." ESPN.com

May 17, 2015 Updates

Mark Berman: Leslie Alexander: "Wonderful. When you're down 3-1 u think you're not going to come back against a really good Clippers team and we did. This team has great competitive fire. They really want to win. We have 2 great superstars. It's obviously great." Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

Rockets center Dwight Howard leads the NBA in postseason technical fouls with five (seven merits an automatic one-game suspension), has two flagrant fouls and one fine for a hit above the shoulders of Clippers forward Matt Barnes "I get emotional out there," Howard said. "Sometimes, I let the emotions get the best of me. But I just want to win. That's my only goal. "Just smile, keep playing. That's the only way." Houston Chronicle

May 16, 2015 Updates


Average height of the main three players is 6-foot-10. It's truly a big man franchise.


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