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May 17, 2015 Updates

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

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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

Arash Markazi: Matt Barnes said he was supposed to call the league this afternoon and already got a tongue lashing from Doc Rivers. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

A source told ESPN that the Rockets informed the NBA about Barnes' verbal exchanges with fans in both games of the series. The Rockets tied the series Wednesday at 1-1 with a 115-109 win. "I heard about some of that stuff," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Thursday afternoon. "You don't say anything to [the mother]. If you got something to say, say it to the guy you're playing against. I never thought of talking bad to Magic [Johnson's] mother. It's hard enough talking trash to Magic." ESPN.com

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