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I hear there is some 50,000-watt blow torch now open to being the flagship. Who could that be?
Don't be surprised if this up-tick for the Bobcats results in a new radio home. What a concept: Able to listen to games after sunset.
As much as Rockets might have wished they were still in East when were missing or barely making playoffs, they are 20-3 vs East this season.
Rockets 3 back of OKC for best in West, but still just a couple gms into killer stretch. Portland on Sun before @ OKC, Chicago and Miami.
That's the thing about regular season games. Rarely are things -- motivation, rest, preparation time -- equitable. That comes in playoffs.
Dwight Howard: “That’s all we talked about, every time out, every possession, how they blew us out. We wanted to get payback.”
Klay Thompson said he hurt his back on the play before he subbed out, but he could have played in the second half -- if needed.
Didn't think was 'just another game" to Harden as he said Wednesday. "Always wanted to get back against them.” Dwight Howard went further.
However, over these last 3 gms, these talks have happened out in view of us reporters. Guys not waiting to meet & debrief on these 3 Ls
"Wasn't anything worth talking about." Turner on Harden confrontation
Evan Turner on Harden confrontation: "We just got tangled up." Said never had beef w/ him b4. "Just a misunderstanding. Heat of the moment."
"We got to get better as a team and we got to get back to how we used to play." -- Paul George after 112-86 loss to Houston, 3rd straight L
Paul George: "It's the first time we probably lost three in a row. (Sh--)'s gotta change. Sorry for the language but it's gotta change."
Unsolicited advice from a New York writer on how to survive the final five-and-a-half weeks of this Jazz season: "Start drinking heavily."
"We just got to figure out how to get back to mucking the game up and playing our style of ball." G. Hill
"I feel like now we're at the point where we're letting teams do what they want to do.
Hill: "We're not the same team. I feel like last year, even the beginning of this year, we were a team that really mucked the game up...
It's not just David West this time raising the red flag of concern. George Hill and P. George both appeared ticked off yet ready for change
Several of those players remained in there for at least 15-20 minutes before showering, seemingly having a State of the Team session
James Harden on the third quarter: "(It) was probably the best I've seen us play offense and defense in one quarter. We were rolling."
Rockets have made at least half their shots in 26 games (23-3), the most since doing it 34 times in 94-95.
Andre Iguodala to KNBR on his shoes: "It's like a hue off."
That's it from Oakland as we fall 111-97 to the Warriors. Millsap scored 16 & grabbed 7 boards in his return, Scott scored 14 off the bench
Remember the hand-wringing about the royal screwup the Bobcats were making trying to get better now? That Jefferson dude. What a waste...
"We actually ran a play. It's called 'Get out of the way.' '' -- Dirk on a game-changing driving 3-pt basket by Devin Harris
Bobcats playoff chances good enough at this point that you want the Pistons to believe they can catch Hawks (draft pick).
If you open windows around town you might hear the music coming out of Rockets locker room again.
McHale said it looked like Jeremy Lin had his first step back: "I thought Jeremy had a lot of juice tonight."
Vogel (2/2): “…we’ve always worked our way out of it. I’m sure we will. It stings right now, it’s not fun right now, but we got a good team.
As expected, X-rays were negative on Pau Gasol's ankle.
Vogel (1 of 2): "Every team I’ve ever been a part of has had a stretch like we’re in right now. Since I’ve been here…
The Lakers' best pitch might be a pair of pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants. In other words, Nick Young's everyday outfit.
Warriors whipping up on Hawks. An exceedingly good night on Bobcats' playoff trail.
X-rays on Pau's L ankle were negative. He plans to play against OKC as long as his ankle doesn't "blow up" between now and Sunday
McHale: "As just a fan of basketball, it was fun to watch the team play like that."
The Lakers could have John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith head their recruiting and still not land anyone this summer.
Ah, Twitter, I love it when you give me diametrically opposing mentions seconds from each other.
Pau on Phil Jackson: "I think he wouldn’t be OK being just a consultant, but (instead) being a guy that calls the shots"
Pau Gasol asked if Phil Jackson could use those 11 rings to sway free agents for a team: "I don't know if I picture him as a recruiter"
I'm starting to wonder (just a little bit) if Draymond Green might eventually pass Monta and Gilbert on list of W's best second-round picks.
Bucks 12 wins, 76ers 15, Magic 19, Lakers/Celtics/Jazz all tied at 21, Kings 22, Knicks 23
Houston reminds me of 2004-05 Heat. Elite center & SG, 1st year together. Decent role players. Got hot, got within game of Finals.
Just checking in after kids' talent show - looks like Lakers got the job done with the loss while Celtics get the win - plus NY won
Rockets 112-86 win two points shy of biggest of year. Move to 14-0 at home vs. East, have season-long 7-game home win streak, 22-6 in '14.
Antic for threeee! Hawks hanging tough, trailing Warriors 84-77 with under 1 minute in the 3rd
Rockets have added post-game interviews. Naturally, they ask about the fans instead of you know, basketball. Not many still here to hear it.
Impressive win for Rockets over Pacers Houston plays Bulls Thursday in Chicago. Rockets back to back home wins over Heat and Pacers
Miami and Indiana again tied in loss column. Pacers have 3 more wins. Heat play at Chicago on Sun, Pacers in Dallas.
Pacers on their 1st three-game losing streak of the season, falling in Houston 112-86. It’s their worst loss of the season (26). In DAL Sun.
The Knicks have picked up 2 1/2 games on Indiana in the standings in the last four days. Hence, the impact of just talking to Phil Jackson.
Rockets served notice to the rest of the NBA tonight with masterful massacre of Pacers. Houston wins 112-86. Quite a show.
FINAL: Rockets 112, Pacers 86. 14th win in last 16 as Harden (28p in 31m), Rockets cowboyed up, sent message to league: Houston's for real.
Antic stepback 22-footer over Bogut. This is a very winnable game for the W's that could turn losable in short order.
Andrew Bogut needs a new right shoe.
No surprise here: On game-winning 3-point play by Devin Harris, he thought the block call was the proper call. Damian Lillard did not.
Utah Valley beats Bakersfield, 64-55. Wins first WAC title. Went 11+ minutes w/o a FG. Overcame a 24-2 run in the second half.
Oh, right. Chris Copeland.
Klay Thompson will not return for precautionary reasons, W's announce.
Watching the West. OKC, Houston, San Antonio, Clippers, G-State, Portland. Two of these teams won't escape the FIRST ROUND
Update: After watching 63 Lakers games this season... http://t.co/tAn1EguI7z
Hawks open 2nd half on a 6-0 run, chipping away at Warriors lead 66-58
With eight minutes to play, Vogel sends in Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill. See if they can prevent the Pacers’ biggest L of the season, 24.
Pierce on a return to the Celts: "Yeah, why not? Maybe play for them. Maybe work for them. Who knows what the future holds?"
Thompson stays on the bench. Not sure if he's actually available or just there as a rotational decoy of sorts, to fake out Budenholzer.
Morrow on Tyreke: "He's not just a scorer. He can rebound, he can pass.He's a triple-threat right now.I think he can be an All-Star one day"
Looks like Mavs may be facing a fairly pissed off Pacers squad Sunday.
Klay Thompson is back on the court, in uniform, for post-halftime warmups, but he is not in the lineup to open 3Q. Barnes starting.
The Jordan Hamilton-for-Aaron Brooks trade has worked out really well for both teams.
The West first round will feature 2 of the best first round series we've seen, with HOU/LAC/POR/GS, in some combination.
The bonus really hurt Portland in that 4th quarter. 16 fourth quarter FTA's for Dallas. 4 for Portland.
Rockets unbeaten vs. East in Houston with a 32-point lead tonight and one game left here, vs. Philly.
Devin Harris: "We didn't want to give up. We knew we still had a chance to win the game, and guys just kept fighting till the end."
Even Jeremy Lin is getting into the act. He hits a stepback jumper, Asik with a rejection and Hamilton nails a trey. Rolling. 96-64 Rockets.
Not sure how this game can get any worse for IND. One guy crossed over, another swatted at the rim. Then, Houston cashes another 3pt. 96-64.
Will be overshadowed, but this is most Lin has looked like Lin since before All Star break. Not just that he's 3 of 4, he looks good again.
Texas has pretty much swallowed the Eastern Conference contenders this week.
Philly's lost 15 in a row. But they'll get the Jazz on the second half of a back-to-back and the last night of a six-game trip. Who you got?
Last 3 games Lakers have given up 132, 142 and 134.
Pau Gasol will receive an X-ray on his L ankle after the game as a precaution
Pau Gasol may get an X-Ray on his left ankle as a precaution. They think it'll be fine, as he played the whole 2nd half on it.
Everybody just sprinted out of the AAC and now we're all streaking through the quad
Nets were pretty frustrated after this one because they let it slip. More like Golden State, when they also missed lots of 3s, than Portland
MDA said players did a good job of not succumbing to 1 on 1s, like they did last night, "Thats why we didn't fall completely apart" (on TWC)
The Knicks (23-40) are now five back of Atlanta for the eight spot. So maybe the Jazz were just helping keep Denver out of the lottery.
According to Dirk and Devin Harris, the play Devin scored his and-one on is the "get the h--- out of the way" play.
The Salmons thing was me just hearing the bad audio wrong. Thought Salmons, a very religious man, swore in appreciation of Ross' abilities
Rockets 88, Pacers 59 heading to the 4th. Rockets hit 14-21 shots (6-7 3P) in 3Q and turned it over just once, turning this into a blowout.
It's all happening. Rox up 29. Harden masterful. Crowd electric. J-Lin getting on track, too.NBA's hottest team hammering point home tonight
The guy played here for 15 years. Do you really think he has no more feelings for the place? Give me a break.
Rockets 88, Pacers 59 after 3. Will McHale give JVG a Pop interview? Harden with 16 in 3rd, again had shot 24.6 % vs. Indy with Rockets.
Anyone who is getting worked up about Paul Pierce saying he wouldn't mind someday being part of the Celtic franchise again needs to relax.
Rockets torch the Pacers in the 3rd, 38-16, to go ahead 88-59. Harden had 16 by himself in the quarter.
With a group of Michigan alums in attendance, Burke and Hardaway combined to go 4 of 23 from the field. Good thing B1G title's wrapped up.
Pacers trail Rockets by nearly 30 -- like they're channeling the Lakers.
Tough times don’t last; real fans do. I still bleed purple and gold.
James Harden checks out to a loud ovation. He put up 16 of his 28 in the third quarter.
Clippers have come a long way since the day Steven Esparza was traded for three tacos.
Hawks head into the break down 66-52... Millsap scored 14 pts, Brand & Scott each put up 9
Gotta say, starting to feel about Mike D'Antoni after tonight like I did about Mike Brown after Game 5 in Utah last season.
The bleeding continues. Harden with yet another triple, HOU’s 8th of the game. Pacers’ backcourt thus far outscored 35-8.
We all have to acknowledge our limitations/flaws. Come on, people, stop being so serious.
James Harden nearly shook his beard off after 3-pointer. Tell me again James. Just another game?
The phony rhetoric doesn’t fool anybody. Heat players kicking themselves right now they’re not in first after tonight.
It's 31-10 Houston in this period. Which team is the league's best third quarter team again? 81-53 Rockets. Total party here at the TC.
Yeah, this game was just 1-of-82. Right, James?
Wanted to see Springsteen next month. Confident after tonight I'll be out of town that weekend.
Get comfy. Both teams over the limit and officials will call it very close for awhile.
At halftime, the Bighorns lead the Stampede 69-45. White has played 15 mins, has 2 points, 3 boards, 1 assists, 2 turnovers.
Evan Turner vs. James Harden pillow fight!
Push, push, shove, shove, oh hey it's David West. We're good here.
That worked out OK for Rockets. Crowd electric. Double Ts meaningless and David West didn't break anyone in two.
Tough night for Portland's PG's: Mo/Dame went 6-19 for 17 points while Calderon/Harris went 12-22 for 31 points.
With this loss, LAL move below Boston in the league standings to 3rd from the bottom (ORL, PHI, MIL).
Gasol added a final seconds bucket to finish with 27. Lawson had 30 points, 17 dimes for the Nuggets. Faried had 32 & 13.
The Lakers lose 134-126 to the Nuggets. Nineteen more games until ping pong balls.
The West is just better.
Van Gundy is right. Refs always look to cop out by calling double technical. Whether it's warranted or not.
Final: Denver 134, Los Angeles 126. Kelly had 24 & 11, Gasol 25 points, Farmar 24, and Marshall 14 assists in the loss.
Double Ts. Harden and Turner got in each other's face, but only Turner got physical. Officials still reviewing.
Between the cowboy duds, dunks and, now, "MVP" chants, get ready to see an awful lot of James Harden on your TV screen this news cycle.
Evan Turner and James Harden get in each other’s face, have to be separated. David West is heated… Officials now reviewing.
It’s official. Pat Beverley has driven George Hill completely insane.
James Harden vs. Evan Turner...I got my money on David West.
Anyone else catch West give one of his cheap elbows to Beverley at timeout?
Harden and Turner squared off until Turner gave him a shove. Expect double technicals. Harden getting an MVP chant tribute.
There was an earthquake? Well, at this point, I don’t feel anything. Thanks Lakers.
Ryan Kelly's up to 24 points with his 11 boards after 2 FT's amidst a quick 6-0 run cut the lead to 8, but just 1:18 to play.
The Rockets have gone into fire ant mode. They are swarming, relentless and showing absolutely no mercy.
James Harden just brought down the Toyota Center with a fast break slam. That may have been the loudest it has been in here all year.
Got a Q&A with Grant Hill going online tomorrow morning, too. So look for that.
First time I've seen Harden go off against Paul George. Which makes me think George's back is an issue.
David West with the walk-by shoulder bump on Pat Beverley going into timeout. Ultimate sign of respect.
Huge game for Knicks on Sat at Cleveland. Will be lot of emotion in the arena with Cavs honoring Ilgauskas. Will be tough to get a win.
Thunder, Spurs, Clippers Rockets . . . the Western Conference playoffs will be pure carnage.
Rockets are tearing apart the league's very best team. 21-3 run and it's 71-50 Houston. Eye-opening performance on national TV.
Payback in the making? HOU now up 21 after Harden plays DB, picks off West, then drains a triple. Rockets nothing short of dominant.
James Harden insisted on Wednesday that this was just another game. I don't think he agrees with himself.
Congrats to Ryan Kelly. First career double-double. 22 points and 10 rebounds. Thug life.
Lakers surrender < 150 points. Earthquake!
Call overturned because it was ridiculous. It was an obvious foul, but nothing flagrant about it.
Hope Harris closing becomes a trend.
To belabor the obvious, Lakers have given up 132, 142 and (at least 132) points in last three games.
Pacers have been outscored 16-2 over the last five minutes, and now trail by 17. 5:58 3Q.
I assume JVG is going nuts over this being called a flagrant foul. Will be reviewed, but Howard and Hibbert have been slamming each other.
Speaking of assists … Ty Lawson has 17 to go with his 30 points.
Kendall Marshall's assist game is on tonight: 14 in 26 minutes. Farmar just checked back in for the final 3:29. LAL down 130-117.
I’m off tomorrow so I think I’m going to try to bang out Orange is the New Black.
From Dick Lipe: The Nets' 4-for-30 night from 3 was the worst by a team with at least 30 3-point attempts in at least 29 years.
Actually, the Lakers gave up basketball for Lent.
Mayo received flagrant-2 due to open hand to throat area of Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma. Was angry and shoved Stiemsma after hard screen.
Rick just carried his young daughter Abby down the tunnel. She was holding up a #1 sign to all the fans hanging over the side. What a scene
"it's definitely the wrong way to conduct yourself," Mayo said. "I've got to be better and I will be better."
Aldridge finished with 30 points & 17 rebounds. Matthews had 26. T-Rob with 11 points and 9 boards. Mavs in bonus after 9:29 in 4th hurt big
After Rockets' starting five took it to Miami Tuesday night, they're in process of doing similar things to Indy tonight.
Mayo said he apologized to his teammates in the Bucks locker room after the game.
I'd like the Mavs to make the playoffs, if only so half their rotation players can retire on a good note.
Thompson has never missed an NBA game (211 and counting). If he doesn't return, it'll be the fewest minutes he's played in an NBA game (6).
Big-time response after pair of George buckets to open half, cut lead to 3. Harden, Howard winning All Star battles so far, have 15 each.
Dwight Howard is manhandling Rpy Hibbert on both ends. I think we made a myth.
O.J. Mayo on his ejection: "I reacted the wrong way and handled it for sure the wrong way."
Via the Celtics postgame quote sheet, here's a gem from Jared Sullinger: Re: Overcoming 28 turnovers: “Geesh.. "
The best thing about those Harden-to-Howard/CP-to-Howard alley-oops is that you can see them developing ... and they still can't be stopped.
Whose basement is Lester Holt doing these "Dateline" teaser segments from?
Ugh, moving sucks. Oh wait, hey, you got plans tomorrow?
After the Pacers made it a one possession game, Rockets have pushed their lead back to 12 — 59-47.
Pacers came out swinging to cut it to three, but a 9-0 Rockets run later and Houston's lead is back to 12.
What if Vince Carter hadn't Vince Cartered half his prime?
One of the craziest game flow charts you will ever see http://t.co/f8wg7C3nOS
Terrence Jones battling West as best he can, but if Joe Rogowski wants him in weight room tomorrow, Jones won't argue.
What a F'ing game.
Blazers (mostly Aldridge) fail to box out Vince Carter after Monta misses a pair and then they turn it over. 103-98 Mavs FINAL
Denver is 14 of 22 from 3 after a Fournier bomb. Kelly - 17 points - did answer w/a tough layup, the deficit at 16.
What a play by Carter. Saved what could have been a disaster in Ellis missing both FTs.
Something's rotten in the state of Den...ver.