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Although technically the rocket would need to self-destroy in order to destroy the clipper hey wait that's exactly what we're watching
Rockets 13 point lead turns into a 13 point deficit but the Rockets are making a late push.
Good move by McHale to bring Prigioni back into the game. We have three guards, Prigioni, Terry and Harden. Josh Smith sits.
What was Matt Barnes doing there? Just a dumb play.
This dude Harden is genius level at recognizing where defender hands are and creating the contact.
And here comes the Houston last gasp push
Harden draws a foul on Barnes.
Playing the Spurs for seven games sure did train these Clippers how to play.
Clippers would never beat rockets in an actual battle fwiw. 🚀⛵️💥
Fake Clips tweet: "So you're saying we don't have to go against Kawhi, Duncan or Green to score?" We got this. LAC leads by 13 w/ 4:18 left
DJ and his so-called friend, Dwight Howard pushed each other. D-12 upset
also barnes in the middle of a scrum what a shock
Conflict is Matt Barnes catnip.
DeAndre and Dwight get into it and Matt Barnes is playing peacemaker. Nope, this isn't real life.
But I thought they were friends?????????????????????
all ya need to know - get down 11. timeout - come out and it's a josh smith 3 attempt. clank
JJ REDICK IS A BREAKFAST DEFECTOR
JJ Redick is a gawd
Hack a Dwight.
The Clippers can sesne they are about to steal this game.
Really weird game from Harden. Just seems content to stand and watch and basically do the opposite of what he did during the year
That Redick finish was insane
IF Wiz win Game 2 it will equal number of playoff road wins last 2 seasons (currently 8) compared to previous 35 seasons combined (9 wins)
I don't believe there are any rocket activist groups. I checked.
Josh Smith contested corner three. Yeah that's totally the shot Houston needs to stop that run
This is just a remarkable game. Rockets blowing a golden opportunity to jump out in front in this series with a pathetic second half.
If the best you can do out of a timeout is a Josh Smith three-point attempt, you're in trouble.
Chris Paul flexes and yells "Yeah!" after that foul on Dwight Howard.
I've never seen the Clippers bench this into a game. They're jumping up and down after every play like a college team in the tournament.
Josh Smith an awful 3 pointer out of a time out. He missed of course.
Clips on a 10-0 run, leading 99-88 without Chris Paul. Just like everybody expected.
Excellent defense by Redick on that possession vs Harden. Immediately jumps into no middle stance, funneling to DJ http://t.co/pfrw61d6Fi
Give the Clippers credit, but this show from Houston has been appalling. As bad as anything I've ever seen. BK
Madison Bumgarner is dealing right now. 9 outs away
oh my word. what a disgrace the rockets are tonight. without Paul? at home? day Harden lost MVP? can't believe it
I'm not sure Houston can mentally rebound from losing to the Clippers without their best player
The Rockets might get kicked out of the NBA tonight
Harden is playing like he did against the Heat in The Finals...
Rockets are playing desperate basketball. Clippers just look calm and like they are having fun out there.
The Clippers look really good right now.
These Clippers, tho. Epically trash bench and all
Back to back threes from the Clippers, who were shooting about 30% from deep, has them up on the Rockets, 99-88 with 5:20 left.
Back to back 3s by Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford gives Clippers 97-88 lead with 5:20 left. Q\uiet in Toyota Center
Jamal Crawford corner three-pointer puts Clippers up, 99-88, with 5:20 left. Wow.
The Clippers are not the Mavericks
First wave of fans headed out of Toyota Center.
That escalated quickly. Back-to-back threes by the Clippers and the Rockets are on the ropes, down 99-88 w/ 5:20 left. Very quiet in here.
Back-to-back 3's by the Clippers and they're up 11 with 5:20 left.
Excellent ball movement there. And man, Matt Barnes has been balling lately.
Wow. Is this real life?
Rockets are going to need a lot better play from Terrence Jones and Josh Smith in this series.
Actually, Warriors are owning expectations. Not shying away from title-or-bust theme ...
Clippers 93, Rockets 88 with 6:14 left in the 4th quarter.
You feel you got snubbed for the MVP, came out and have 15 points on 10 shots. Hakeem like: http://t.co/5OumRibH3j
Clippers having fun, slapping five, smiling, talking. Rockets look a little stunned right now.
Rockets look very disjointed on offense. Need to get more touches for Howard on the post and Harden in clear situations.
The plan here was to get Chris Paul four days rest before Game 2. Stealing homecourt would be a bonus
I will never be as lucky as the horse in the Direct TV ads
Lost in all the redemptive-for-CP3 storyline after Round 1 was the equally applicable redemptive-for-Griffin storyline. BK
Really gonna let DeAndre get that tip-in, Dwight?
Why does it feel like Warriors are going to waltz to a title? Assuming they stay healthy? No flaws. No injuries. Immense expectations.
This is as vocal as I've ever seen Blake Griffin on the court. He is, by his own admission, a quiet leader who leads by example usually.
What is Josh Smith supposed to do but stand there planted with his arms up? Terrible call -- gives the Clippers a freebie.
Vintage Dwight and vintage DRose in the same night
Blake Griffin screaming at his teammates to huddle up as Chris Paul normally would. Chris Paul smiling on the bench as he stands up.
Griffin lowered a shoulder, drove into Smith. Got the call. Doc Rivers told crowd, "Yeah, that was bad."
Doc Rivers nodded at the booing fans, mouthed, “yeah, that was bad."
Even Doc Rivers said that was a bad call on Josh Smith.
oh man that's a terrible call
McHale takes Brewer and Prigioni out for Harden and Terry.
Rockets having to swarm to Griffin to have any chance against him. He's moving ball to open shooters, has 10 assists.
Late-game cool Clippers learned in the Spurs series could pay off big here.
Looked like the Clippers didn't know who was guarding the PG after Austin Rivers went to the bench.
Blake Griffin, who Doc called one of the best passers in the NBA, running point for the Clippers.
Biggest problem about Josh Smith made 3 is now he thinks he's in a rhythm from beyond the arc.
Even by their standards, the Rockets are jacking some dumb shots.
It's going to be wild when Hedo wins Finals MVP.
Of the 3 other teams remaining in the West, which has the best chance of beating the Warriors?
Won't count as turnover No. 24, but Rockets' old people dance team came on the court and stood around as wrong music played.
DJ danccing during time out. Clippers are feeling good about leading 89-83
Things are so bad right now that the TC played the wrong song for the Space City Seniors dance team. They just stood there for 2 minutes.
Man, things are just going wrong tonight. They couldn’t get the right music for the Space City Seniors and they didn’t get to dance. Sad.
You're losing to a team that started Austin Rivers and is playing Hedo Turkoglu in the fourth quarter. How did you mean 56 games?
The Space City Seniors were supposed to dance. The wrong song played and they walked off. Sad.
22 turnovers for rockets with 9 mins to go and will still have chance to win. what a strange team.
Unreal that Austin Rivers is currently a difference maker and twitter is still making fun of him.
Howard just begging teammates to run basic post offense on consecutive possessions. No dice. All kinds of panic going on.
Clippers keep switching the Elbow Get play. Rockets seem totally confused, for some reason.
Hate the shot clock violation rule. Rockets had possession and people running up court, lose that advantage & face set defense.
Game postponed. Everyone left except us in the press box. Tarp's super-wet. You thinkin what I'm thinkin? http://t.co/4nlbaspliF
I don't care who wins but I don't wanna eat breakfast at Taco Bell.
God bless you, Hedo.
Hedo would have lit up a cigar on the court if he had hit that one.
Clips have JCrawford, Turkoglu, Rivers, Barnes and Big Baby on the floor in the 4th qtr of West semis. And they're winning
Howard easily takes Glen Davis to the hoop on consecutive plays. Jordan back in.
AHHH the unstoppable Crawford/Big Baby side pnr
"Austin, Baby and Turk" Sounds like a bad sitcom on the UPN.
"We're playing like we're stuck in the mud," Mchale said on TV
I've watched every second of this game and still not sure how the Clippers are winning by six after three.
Pablo Prigioni to start at point for the fourth quarter. Best option for Houston right now.
Clippers blitzed the Rockets for 37 points in the third quarter. This without Chris Paul. JJ Redick had 12 points in the third
Doc Rivers' chat 3Q, asks fans why no boo when McHale had Jordan fouled intentionally. "If you booed when I did it, y'all have to boo now."
Rockets with 22 turnovers resulting in 29 points for the Clippers.
Chris Paul high fiving each one of his teammates before the start of the fourth quarter. "We're going to win this one," he tells them.
Clippers 83, Rockets 77 after 3, their largest lead. Rockets gave up 37 3rd quarter points.
Clips with five in double figures and Rockets with three.
Rockets hand Clips two free points with 0.4 sec left. Harden now w/ 4 fouls. Rockets trail 83-77 going to the 4th. Clips were 6-6 3P in 3Q.
Clippers outscored Rockets, 37-27, in third quarter after J.J. Redick scored 12 points.
Harden has four fouls and 15 points on 5-10 shooting after three.
Clippers up 83-77 headed to the 4th. Jordan is the only starter not in double figures.
Clippers 83, Rockets 77 at the end of the 3rd quarter. It's the Clippers' largest lead of the game after trailing by 13 points.
Clippers are leading the Rockets 83-77 end of third quarter
Tough sequence for Houston at the end of the third, a Crawford three off the glass and Harden called for a cheap foul with .4 left. LA up.
Everything you have to know about the Rockets is that the addition of Josh Smith raised their bball IQ...
Not a good foul on James Harden, his 4th, pushing Redick out of bounds with 00.4 on the clock. Clips in the bonus, Redick hits both.
A loose-ball foul with 0.4 seconds left when the opponent's in the bonus is about as bad as it gets.
Wow, Harden's fourth foul on an offensive rebound attempt with four-tenths of a second left in third period.
Harden picks up his fourth with .4 left in quarter. Pushed Redick from behind. A loss of composure mistake.
Then with 0.4 seconds left in third, James Harden picks up 4th foul pushing JJ Redick down low for rebound
These refs are calling a strange game.
Brewer shot something like 27% from left corner 3 this season but you wouldn't know it by the supreme confidence he unleashes them with
PCL final: Tacoma 4, Salt Lake 3. Bees leave 10 runners on base, including five in the final two innings.
James Harden and Blake Griffin have 4 fouls each.
Griffin gets his 4th foul, then Harden gets his.
DeAndre Jordan's face after that Jamal Crawford three was priceless. Clippers 81, Rockets 77.
JAMAL CRAWFORD. CRAZY BANK.
Jamal Crawford hits a 3 -pointer
CoreyBrewer doin what corey brewer does. Just being disruptive
When did any screen someone runs hard into become a foul?
Brewer with a baseline drive and jam, then draws Blake's fourth on an illegal screen. Had a 3 for the lead, but missed it.
Hedo's in. Our savior.
Blake Griffin picked up 4th foul setting a screen, Anoher turnover for Clips 20
Brewer flops on that Griffin screen and celebrates after getting the call. That's 4 fouls on Griffin.
Big play -- Blake Griffin called for his 4th on an illegal screen in the backcourt. Crowd back into it.
That Brewer baseline slam just got the crowd back into this one.
The court's 50 feet wide, folks, that time Austin Rivers needing 51....*Clyde Frazier voice*
Corey Brewer just came out of nowhere.
HOU has 21 turnovers, James Harden has just 3 FT attempts and LA is leading on the road without Chris Paul. Yikes, this would be a bad loss.
Josh Smith goes to the box, 2 minutes for slashing
#Bulls 99, #Cavs 92: Poor start dooms Cavs in Game 1. Game 2 is a must win for Cavs. clevelandcavaliersblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/game-1…
Nice pass by Smith out of the shallow roll
JJ going off in third quarter, 10 points
J.J. Redick's certainly got it going in this third quarter. That shot off the glass is so nice.
Half the Clippers bench is on the court celebrating after that Big Baby charge.
Big Baby take charge. Big Baby go boom.
Some series the better teams know they are better, then close it out. We will see if Houston is one of those teams tonight.
Real talk I'd buy a coffee table book with Reggie's most incomprehensible quotes.
Look at Warriors scout Kelly Peters get some TV time!
Doc having way too much fun.
Austin Rivers with 10 points and 3 assists. He's 3 for 4 from three.
I don't really get the analytics of it all, but seems Rockets just take a million bad shots and then it works itself out
Kevin McHale has that bewildered "Where's Larry when I need him" look...
Crowd tonight doesn’t have near the energy as they did last series.Maybe they don’t hate the Clippers like Dallas. Maybe tired of turnovers?
Can we put to rest the "blake griffin isn't skilled" narrative?
This is the best the Rockets have. No Chris Paul. No rest for the Clippers. Rockets have 5 days off. And this is what the Rockets have
JJ Redick sprinting into DHO is such a tough action to defend. If big tries to hedge, Redick ready to deliver pocket pass to slipping Blake
A late whistle on Big Baby fouling Harden on the drive has the Clips bench upset. It's 76-70, visitors.
Rockets still haven’t realized they’re not playing Dallas anymore.
J.J. Redick with the jumper. Clippers 76, Rockets 70 with 2:39 left in the 3rd quarter.
First team to be called for a 3-second violation establishes a clear-cut low post advantage...
Chris Paul high-fiving DeAndre Jordan as he comes out. "We're back," he tells him. "We're back."
Losing to the Clippers without Chris Paul at home would be like getting swept by the Wizards.
Another rockets turnover leads to a Blake Griffin basket and free throw. Clippers lead 73-68
It remains hard to fathom that people making millions of dollars to play basketball can be so bad at shooting freethrows.
Harden tried to do the Steph Curry pass.
I miss the Spurs. Gonna call up Aron Baynes and see what's up tonight.
David Blatt has some very important decisions to make between now and Wed nite
Clippers lead 70-68
Hack-a-DJ vs. Hack-a-Howard. Seems like a bad WWE match ending with a Hacksaw Duggan interference.
Doc Rivers is talking with the fans who were booing him earlier. “Oh y’all are quiet now! Come on, y’all gotta boo!"
Kevin McHale said before the game he doesn't like the intentional foul play, he's used it twice tonight.
Doc Rivers egging on crowd behind scorers table. Clips up 1. He's having fun. Can't blame him.
The TNT studio crew should protest this game by only discussing notable Houston native Beyoncé.
Josh Smith just threw the ball to the Clippers bench for another Rockets turnover. 20 now.
James Jones 0-2 3s, 0 pts. now 2-13 on 3s in playoffs. hasn't hit 1 since Game 1 vs. Boston. did shut down noah, who had 0 pts, 9 reb
That's 20 turnovers for the Rockets. They're four away from their season-high and we're still in the third quarter. Just awful tonight.
20 turnovers… and the Rockets are only down 1 point (Clippers have 18.)
Rockets up to 20 turnovers with 15:45 left. Season high is 24.
Austin Rivers for three and the Clippers are up on the Rockets, 69-68.
Austin Rivers is ballin
Austin Rivers has made 3 3's now. Only Clipper with multiple makes from deep.
and I know I look super tall in that pic, you don't have to tell me
Clippers up 66-65
Poor Randolph Morris. Edited out of the Atlanta Celtics highlights.
James and Irving accounted for every assist except 2, and every turnover except one. Forced to make EVERY PLAY.
Thinkin about that Curry draft. One of these guys (Carroll) is in the league. crazy. http://t.co/jGkWKkUl7P
Can't bite on that Smith catch in the paint. Clippers need to stay attached to Dwight, let Smith try to shoot
LeBron 9 assists, Kyrie 6. Rest of team had, drum roll, 2!!
Turnover on an ATO, which sums up this game
Oh, boy, another turnover. Both teams with 18 each
So much for that after-timeout play.
Rockets keeping it close and forcing people to watch this entire game is some next-level troll shit
Big Baby is Sad Baby tonight as he walks to the back and gets back on the stationary bike.
This is the thing with Reggie Miller: you can always kinda make sense of his bon mots. If you squint hard enough.
Matt Niskanen on Jay Beagle's goal: "He got a lucky bounce, for sure, but he deserved it.”
Shawn Marion played 6:21. only stat he posted was 1 foul
I can't believe the Rockets don't have more energy. Thought their color-coordinated T-shirt sections would have a much bigger impact.
If Fins get Collins, they would have 4 of draft's top 67 players(per Mayock), plus trade for WR (Stills) who led NFL in yds per catch in '13
The Rockets are just out of sync. The Clippers look tired. It’s a mess, that’s for sure.
Also, please Jimmy Butler, take naps, drink fluids, etc. It's going to be a long series for you.
Just got home; how is this still a close game????
We have a timeout. Rockets up 59-57. Both team still struggling with turnovers.
Rose referred to Tristan as Christian twice in postgame. Tristan could be Christian, I don't really know
"They have no one to guard [Griffin] at either end." -- Reggie Miller
We're all just watching this game out of obligation at this point.
Lotsa lotsa turnovers so far for both teams. 18 for the Rockets, 17 for the Clippers 5 minutes into the 3rd.
Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the Cardinals?
Blake Griffin jumper and we have a tie game amazingly. Clippers 57, Rockets 57.
Tied for reals now
JJ Redick finally scores, a 3 ball
CHI D did a nice job limiting Cavs spread pick/roll, though thought CLE went away from it too much + showed no continuity into 2nd options
This is an Eastern Conference game.
There could be a Lawler's Law with turnovers tonight.
And Houston takes the (turnover) lead back. Can the Clippers answer?
Shot clockc violation by Rockets, 17 turnovers.
Bulls made more jumpers than normal, but I liked (slightly) reduced Noah minutes + Rose created a lot of breakdowns in CLE PNR D.
Dwight Howard is trying to get the crowd into it. They've been put to sleep like many watching on TV.
“We didn’t panic, which we can hang our hats on,” Irving said. “We kept fighting and fighting. That first quarter just can’t happen again.
Another Clippers turnover, by Blake Grififin, now 16 for Clippers
THE CLIPPERS AND ROCKETS ARE TIED (with 16 turnovers each).
“We knew what we were looking at,” Blatt said. “But we had to go through it to learn from it.”
Cavs had series of horrible possessions in 4th, when LJ and Kyrie also missed layups
“We played the game a little too fast offensively,” James said.
That absolutely should've been an offensive foul on Harden.
These teams are Turnover Machines. Total of 27 turnovers
“We had a bad start, obviously,” James said. “We can’t afford to do that in Game 2 for us to even the series.”
Cavs went 7-for-26 from behind the arc (.269) compared to the Bulls’ 10-of-18 (.556).
James was 3-for-11 while scoring just seven second-half points
Rockies game postponed! Party at my place!
“I have to be much better,” James said. “This game is something we can learn from, which we will.”
James Harden turnovers, 16 for Rockets now
Ok, so we have two quick Rockets turnovers. They are up to 16 now.
LJ just 4 pts in 4th, 2 real bad turnovers
Turnovers Trevor Ariza. now 15 for Rockets and with still have 11:08 left in third
LJ 22 points, 9-22 FG, 0-3 3s, 15 reb, 9 sst, 3 steals, 6 turnovers