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May 22, 2015 Updates

Harden fell to the floor and put his hands over his head as the Warriors celebrated on the court, the sellout crowd of 19,596 roared, and golden-yellow confetti fell from the rafters. "Kicking chairs," Harden said. "It's frustrating. It's frustrating to give the game away like that." Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee that slowed him down to finish with 19 points and 17 rebounds for a Rockets team headed home in a major hole. USA Today Sports

As has been the case all season long, this cook-off – as the MVP-based battle between Harden and Curry has been deemed – simply isn't fair. These two top chefs are working with a different set of ingredients. "It's tough," Harden said. "You know, just how hard we fought both these games. Still, we're giving up small things, too many easy lay‑ups, too many easy threes that we're having to climb back. This is a really good team that we're playing, and so when you give them those buckets and you're trying to fight back and you put yourself in a situation to win, you look back at those plays early in the game, and you kind of want them back." USA Today Sports

"Sometimes I want to crack open a beer and get a courtside seat," Warriors center Andrew Bogut said of the Curry-Harden fireworks. "Because these two guys, they're the two best basketball players in the world. "Steph knocks down a big shot and then we've got to come down and try to stop James, and he knocks down a big shot. ... A lot of times I get caught watching, going crazy with the shots that he makes. "It's an honor to be his teammate." San Jose Mercury-News

Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking his "cooking dance" when he celebrates draining a big shot. Harden has been doing it all season, but Lil B says he's watching the Western Conference Finals -- and if Harden does it again ... it's gonna be curses. Lil B tells TMZ Sports, "If Harden doesn't tell what he is doing, which is the Lil B cooking dance, he will be cursed. He needs to stop stealing Lil B swag without showing love." TMZ.com

May 21, 2015 Updates

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James headline the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced today. Curry, the 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP, and James received First Team votes on all 129 ballots. This marks the first All-NBA First Team selection for Curry and the ninth in 12 seasons for James, who tied Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson for the third most all time. Joining Curry and James on the First Team are James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies. Harden, who garnered 125 First Team votes, makes his second straight appearance on the First Team. Davis (119 First Team votes) and Gasol (68 First Team votes) earned First Team honors for the first time. NBA.com

May 20, 2015 Updates
May 18, 2015 Updates

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

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 14, 2015 Updates

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is still dealing with the effects of the flu but is feeling better, according to sources, and is expected to play in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. "He looked OK," coach Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday. "He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn't do anything. He looked OK." ESPN.com

May 13, 2015 Updates
May 11, 2015 Updates

The Houston Rockets aggressively used the Hack-a-DJ in the first half of their Game 4 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan attempted 28 free throws in the first half. "Personally I don't like it," said James Harden. "But a lot of coaches have different philosophies on the game." RealGM

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the reason his team isn't fouling Houston Rockets guard James Harden as much is because his players are pulling their arms and hands back when he drives the lane. Harden has a different viewpoint. "Do you think so?" Harden said after scoring 21 points in the Rockets' blowout 128-95 loss to the Clippers on Sunday. "I've got a couple of scratches on my arms to show you. But it is what it is." ESPN.com

May 9, 2015 Updates

Barnes reportedly cursed at Harden’s mother in Game 2 in Houston. Harden’s mother, Monja Willis, told TMZ.com that Barnes later apologized. “In any situation you talk about somebody’s parents that’s just disrespectful,”Harden said. “But I’m focused on Game 3. We’re very focused. We’re locked in. There’s going to be some great intensity. “I’m not really focused on that. I’m focused on Game 3. Hopefully, we go out and compete and get a victory on the road.” Houston Chronicle

May 8, 2015 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Friday for directing inappropriate language at a courtside fan who turned out to be Houston star James Harden's mother. Barnes made the comments to Monja Willis during the Clippers' Game 2 loss in Houston on Wednesday night. "We've made our peace," Barnes said Friday before Game 3 in Los Angeles. "We've spoken twice since the incident. She said something, I said something back. I've heard speculation of what I've likely said, which is crazy." USA Today Sports

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