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Rockets-Warriors Game 2 Breakdown

khou.com — It was déjà vu all over again at Oracle Arena in Oakland, where the Warriors won for the 45th time in 48 tries between the regular season and the playoffs. This one, a 99-98 thriller over the Houston Rockets that was jam-packed with basketball goodness from beginning to end, put Golden State up 2-0 in these Western Conference finals.

Where will NBA's biggest free agents land this summer?

usatoday.com — Here's a look at 20 free agents whose teams either were or still are in the playoffs this season. Let the free-agency mind-reading and dot-connecting continue. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (player option) Rest easy, Cavs fans, LeBron is a free agent this summer in theory alone.

Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies' heroic Masked Man, is unbreakable

indystar.com — Former Lawrence North star returns from fractured face to lead Memphis to Game 2 win OAKLAND - Call Mike Conley whatever you want. One-eyed Charlie, as Tony Allen deemed his puffy-faced, red-eyed point guard on this momentum-swinging Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has big goals after NBA playoff splash

smh.com.au — Picture of concentration: New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis watches from the bench during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez SAN FRANCISCO: Bill Russell wasn't walking through those University of San Francisco doors Sunday afternoon.

Golden State Warriors scared of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis

smh.com.au — On the drive: New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis gets past Golden State Warriors counterpart Draymond Green. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez OAKLAND: The Golden State Warriors are afraid of Anthony Davis. And that, make no mistake, is exactly how Steve Kerr likes it.

George Karl amazed by the kindness of his former coach Dean Smith

ftw.usatoday.com — On Thursday news broke that former UNC coach Dean Smith, who passed away in February at the age of 83, had left $200 in his will to each of the approximately 180 players who lettered for him. Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl, who played under Smith from 1970-1973, hopped on the phone with USA TODAY Sports to talk about his old coach.

George Karl amazed by the kindness of his former coach Dean Smith

ftw.usatoday.com — On Thursday news broke that former UNC coach Dean Smith, who passed away in February at the age of 83, had left $200 in his will to each of the approximately 180 players who lettered for him. Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl, who played under Smith from 1970-1973, hopped on the phone with USA TODAY Sports to talk about his old coach.

Stop nitpicking the Golden State Warriors

smh.com.au — Chemistry: Andrew Bogut and his Golden State Warriors teammates celebrate during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Photo: AFP OAKLAND: The annual exercise of nitpicking about the NBA's best teams is well underway of late, if only because that's the trendy thing to do this time of year.

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is streaking: 'Good Russ' gone great

smh.com.au — Masked avenger: Russell Westbrook is fouled by Chicago's Tony Snell. Photo: JONATHAN DANIEL When Russell Westbrook took that inbound pass from Nick Collison and flipped on his turbo jets Wednesday night, it was nothing we hadn't seen countless time before in his fascinating and ferocious career.

Kevin Garnett returns to Timberwolves in trade with Nets

usatoday.com — Kevin Garnett is going back to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Brooklyn Nets traded the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer back to the T'wolves, for whom he played his first 12 NBA seasons, two people with knowledge of the trade told USA TODAY Sports. The Nets received forward Thaddeus Young in exchange.
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May 26, 2015

RT @JeffZillgitt: NBA's Rod Thorn also explained the difference between Howard's flagrant one and Horford's flagrant two: usat.ly/1cYsHYy

May 26, 2015

RT @JeffZillgitt: Rockets C Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 vs. Warriors, NBA said. Flagrant one not updgraded to flagrant two.

May 26, 2015

Game 5 preview of WCF: On the Rockets' challenge & the question of whether their 3-1 deficit can be overcome - usat.ly/1HJhlFw

May 26, 2015

Also from last night, at @ForTheWin - Dwight Howard hangs with the Houston folks until the early morning amid storms- ftw.usatoday.com/2015/05/dwight…

May 26, 2015

@hoopscritic And the rain didn't even start until tipoff time was near

May 26, 2015

Sonya Curry, who sat w/ Curry's wife in the Toyota Center, to USAT: "This was scary...It couldn't end like this." - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

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