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May 13, 2015 Updates

The Gibson-Dellevedova incident led to the two teams pushing and shoving, and that was a talking point after the 106-101 Cleveland victory. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called it "bizarre," while Cavaliers coach David Blatt wanted to choose his words carefully afterwards. "Melee doesn't seem to be the appropriate word," Blatt said. "Can you think of a different word, and I'll answer the question?" When it was referred to it as an altercation, Blatt said, "I didn't think anything of it. No comment." His response was met with a laugh. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

Rockets forward Josh Smith: "It's a decision that the coach made, and you have to just roll with it. Whatever he decides to do." Howard: "I don't think that was the reason (they lost the game). I don't think it had an effect on the game." For McHale's part, he said that Howard's early foul trouble inspired the move. "We were just trying to see if we could muck up the game a little bit," McHale said. "We didn't. We came back in and we kind of had to play small, so we just thought maybe we could get them out of their rhythm a little bit." USA Today Sports

Right about the time Kevin McHale and his Houston Rockets were dying the death of a thousand Hack-a-Shaq cuts on Sunday night, the man who helped Shaquille O'Neal with his free throws so many years ago had his own ailment to worry about. "I'm barfing watching this (expletive)!" Buzz Braman text-messaged during the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' 128-95 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals that put them up 3-1 on the Rockets. USA Today Sports

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

There has been growing support in recent months for a change to the charge rule and Mark Cuban Tweeted a comment following the play. "That's why we shouldn't let 2ndary defenders take charges," wrote Cuban. "Step in charges have become a basketball play. It shouldn't be. #changrtherule" RealGM

May 10, 2015 Updates
May 9, 2015 Updates

The NBA downgraded Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry's ejection to flagrant 1 foul, minimizing the possibility of a suspension. Terry was kicked out with eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Friday's Game 3 loss after pushing Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. As Griffin fell down, he stuck his leg out in an attempt to trip Terry. "It's just one of those games," Terry said Saturday. "It's playoff basketball, and I took a hard foul, and so I got to be real careful, and I don’t want to get ejected in a game that can cost us in a close ballgame." ESPN.com

May 8, 2015 Updates

“I heard them saying, ‘Well, they shot too many free throws.’ Well, quit hacking us,” McHale said. “We shoot a lot of free throws when you decide that you’re just going to get in the penalty and start hacking everybody. You end up (with your opponent) shooting a lot of free throws when you put in your backup, backup center (Ekpe Udoh) to just grab guys. “James (Harden) goes downhill and plays hard. There’s a lot of contact when James plays. I can show you every game, five where he clearly gets grabbed and they don’t call. But I mean, James runs downt he floor. The referees are not trying to screw anybody. It’s a hard game to referee. I’m the worst referee in practices you’ve ever seen. I never blow my whistle. It’s a tough game to call. I don’t put too much into all that.” Houston Chronicle

May 7, 2015 Updates

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has not taken a free throw in three straight games. That's the first time that has happened in his career, according to ESPN Stats and Information. After failing to get to the line again during Wednesday night's 106-91 Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau expressed his displeasure with the recent turn of events. "I guess he's got to go harder, I don't know," Thibodeau said after a long pause. "It looks like there's a lot of contact to me. But obviously others don't see it that way." ESPN.com

The former MVP didn't want to discuss his lack of free-throw attempts. "I can't think about that," Rose said. "I don't even want to talk about that. But I'm playing, and if they're not calling it, they're just not calling it. I can't be worried about (that)." Despite the lack of free-throw attempts, Rose still approached a triple-double, scoring 14 points, dishing 10 assists and pulling down seven rebounds. But he was just 6-for-20 from the field. ESPN.com

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