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    • Eric Gordon HOU SG
      Rockets' Eric Gordon: Will start Game 6
      5h ago

      Gordon will move into the starting lineup for Saturday's Game 6 against the Warriors, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.

      As anticipated, Gordon will take over at the other guard spot opposite James Harden after Chris Paul suffered a strained right hamstring near of the end of Thursday's Game 5. Gordon, who played 36 minutes in that contest, will likely see an even larger workload in Game 6, and coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that he expects Gordon to serve as the primary initiator when James Harden is off the floor.

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    • Chris Paul HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Paul: Ruled out for Game 6
      6h ago

      Paul (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's Game 6 against the Warriors, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.

      Paul tweaked his troublesome right hamstring with just under a minute left in Thursday's Game 5 win, and while he was able to walk off the court under his own power, he was visibly hampered. The fact that Houston has already ruled him out well in advance of Game 6 isn't the most encouraging sign, but Paul will now set his sights on a potential Game 7 return, should the Rockets fall in Game 6. In Paul's absence, expect Eric Gordon to take on a much larger offensive burden.

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    • Shane Larkin BOS PG
      Celtics' Shane Larkin: Likely out for Game 6
      7h ago

      Coach Brad Stevens said he does not expect Larkin (shoulder) to be available for Friday's Game 6 against Cleveland. "He's progressing," Stevens said, "but I don't think he'll be available for [Game 6] or for the next."

      The reserve guard played key minutes off the bench in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but he's been nursing a sprained left shoulder, and Friday will mark his seventh consecutive absence. Given Stevens' quote, it seems unlikely that Larkin would be available for Sunday's Game 7 (if necessary), but he could return for the NBA Finals, should the Celtics close out the Cavs.

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    • Daniel Theis BOS PF
      Celtics' Daniel Theis: Making progress in knee rehab
      7h ago

      Theis (knee) said Friday that he's about two weeks from progressing to running, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.

      While Theis has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, it's nonetheless encouraging that the big man is making tangible progress. Theis, who's been traveling with the team throughout the postseason, suffered a left knee sprain in March and underwent surgery to repair his MCL. The expectation is that he'll be back to 100 percent well in advance of the 2018-19 season.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Questionable for Game 6
      7h ago

      Iguodala's (knee) status for Saturday's Game 6 against the Rockets is yet to be clarified, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.

      Iguodala has missed the last two games while nursing a bruised knee, and while coach Steve Kerr acknowledged that the veteran has improved "incrementally," he noted that he has "no idea" whether Iguodala will be available Saturday night. Iguodala will likely take it easy during Friday's light practice, with a more definitive update expected at shootaround Saturday.

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    • Gerald Green HOU SG
      Rockets' Gerald Green: Solid off bench in Game 5 win
      9h ago

      Green finished with nine points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and one rebound across 16 minutes during Houston's 98-94 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      The Rockets have been playing with tight rotations during the series, but Green has logged at least 12 minutes and as many as 20 while seeing action in all five games thus far. His playing time could see even more of a bump in Saturday's Game 6 if Chris Paul (hamstring) is unable to suit up, as Green is aptly capable of providing a substantial offensive punch any time he's on the floor. He's yet to score in double digits during the series, but that could certainly change in what could be a series-clinching showdown at Oracle Arena on Saturday night.

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    • Clint Capela HOU C
      Rockets' Clint Capela: Double-doubles in Game 5 victory
      9h ago

      Capela generated 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-5 FT), 14 rebounds and two blocks across 27 minutes during Houston's 98-94 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      It was Capela's seventh double-double of the postseason overall, and his third game of the series with double-digit rebounds. The fourth-year big man could see a significant bump in usage in Saturday's Game 6 if Chris Paul (hamstring) remains sidelined, an increased level of responsibility he's demonstrated aptly capable of handling on countless occasions this season. Factoring in Thursday's production, Capela sports solid averages of 10.0 points (on 70.0 percent shooting), 10.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 assists across 26.8 minutes over five games against Golden State.

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    • Aron Baynes BOS C
      Celtics' Aron Baynes: Impactful play despite low numbers
      2d ago

      Baynes contributed six points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), seven rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 96-83 victory over Cleveland.

      Baynes was reinserted into the starting lineup for Game Five and had a nice impact on both ends of the floor. He faded late but was crucial to the Celtics gaining the early lead with some strong rebounding and rim protection. It remains to be seen whether he stays in the starting lineup for Game Six, but nonetheless, he will need to repeat his strong play if the Celtics are to wrap up the series on Friday.

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    • Al Horford BOS C
      Celtics' Al Horford: Strong outing in Game 5 victory
      2d ago

      Horford had 15 points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 96-83 victory over Cleveland.

      After a couple of howlers, Horford bounced back on Wednesday, helping the Celtics to an important Game 5 victory. His numbers don't jump off the page but he was big late with some crucial rebounds and a dagger three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. The series now heads back to Cleveland and the Celtics would love to wrap things up rather than head home for a Game Seven. Horford will need to rally the young troops in the hope they can find some form on the road, something they have struggled to do so far this series.

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    • Tristan Thompson CLE C
      Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Non-factor in Wednesday's loss
      2d ago

      Thompson finished with just one point to go with six rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 96-83 loss to Boston.

      After some strong performances of late, Thompson fell flat on Wednesday with a terrible Game Five effort. He had managed to keep Al Horford in check across both games in Cleveland but was unable to repeat this here as Horford certainly had the better of the matchup. In fact, Aron Baynes also managed to have a strong performance as Thompson was rendered obsolete. He will need to bounce-back on Friday if the Cavaliers are to stave off elimination and force a Game Seven back in Boston.

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    • Aron Baynes BOS C
      Celtics' Aron Baynes: Will start Wednesday
      2d ago

      Baynes will draw the start in Game 5 on Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      Baynes will move into the starting lineup in place of Marcus Morris, as the Celtics look to make a change after losing the past two games. In the series, Baynes is averaging 21.0 minutes, though his move to the starting lineup could lead to a larger role.

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    • Clint Capela HOU C
      Rockets' Clint Capela: Strong rebounding effort in Game 4 win
      2d ago

      Capela totaled eight points (2-5 FG, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds and two blocks across 24 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Capela's scoring contributions continue to fluctuate, but he's provided double-digit rebounds in the two games thus far in the series during which he's failed to accomplish the feat in the scoring column. The inverse has been true in the other two contests, keeping Capela's contributions steady and well-rounded overall. The 24-year-old projects to continue producing in similar fashion as a complement to the efforts of Chris Paul and James Harden, who both are even more involved offensively than during the regular season. Capela will look to keep his solid series going with another strong effort in Thursday's critical Game 5 showdown.

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    • Daniel Theis BOS PF
      Celtics' Daniel Theis: Making progress in knee rehab
      7h ago

      Theis (knee) said Friday that he's about two weeks from progressing to running, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.

      While Theis has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, it's nonetheless encouraging that the big man is making tangible progress. Theis, who's been traveling with the team throughout the postseason, suffered a left knee sprain in March and underwent surgery to repair his MCL. The expectation is that he'll be back to 100 percent well in advance of the 2018-19 season.

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    • Draymond Green GS PF
      Warriors' Draymond Green: Back-breaking turnover in Game 5 loss
      9h ago

      Green produced 12 points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 42 minutes during Golden State's 98-94 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      On the bright side, the All-Star forward put together another impressive all-around performance, churning out his third consecutive double-double. However, Green was unable to keep a handle on the ball while driving down the court for what could have been a game-tying or go-ahead possession for the Warriors, turning it over with 3.4 seconds remaining. The catastrophic error sullied what was otherwise another gutsy effort by Green, who's especially dominated on the glass over the last three games. He'll look to atone in Saturday's critical Game 6 back at Oracle Arena.

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    • Marcus Morris BOS PF
      Celtics' Marcus Morris: Leads C's in minutes, despite not starting
      1d ago

      Morris generated 13 points (5-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt), six rebounds and one steal across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 96-83 ECF Game 5 win over the Cavaliers.

      Morris came of the bench in Game 5, but still led the Celtics in minutes played. Coach Brad Stevens decided to replace Morris in the starting lineup with Aron Baynes to counter Tristan Thompson's rugged rebounding. No matter, as Morris still delivered clutch three point shooting and contributed to a team defensive effort that appeared to exhaust LeBron James. Morris and his Celtics teammates will now try to wrap up the series Friday night in Cleveland.

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    • Larry Nance Jr. CLE PF
      Cavaliers' Larry Nance: Blocks four shots in Game Five loss
      2d ago

      Nance totaled just two points (1-1 FG, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 16 minutes during Wednesday's 96-83 loss to the Celtics.

      Nance was once again restricted in his playing time but he did provide a small spark during the second quarter after getting involved in a heated exchange with Marcus Morris. Nance played the role of rim protector quite well but it was to no avail as the Cavaliers once again struggled on the road. Game Six is in Cleveland on Friday and there is no real reason to believe Nance will see a change in his current role.

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    • Marcus Morris BOS PF
      Celtics' Marcus Morris: Will come off the bench for Game 5
      2d ago

      Morris will come off the bench for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers as Aron Baynes will start in his place, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      After the Celtics struggled the past two games, Brad Stevens has opted to shake up the starting lineup and will insert Aron Baynes in the frontcourt instead of Morris. Morris struggled to stay on the court the last time out as he dealt with foul trouble, so he'll look for a bounce-back effort Wednesday. Morris has averaged 29.5 minutes through the first four games of the series, however he could see a smaller role coming off the bench.

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    • Jonah Bolden NBADRAFT PF
      Jonah Bolden: Could join Philadelphia in 2018-19
      2d ago

      Philadelphia president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo acknowledged Tuesday that Bolden could join the 76ers during the 2018-19 season, Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com reports. "With respect to the players we selected last year, players who we anticipated would be parts of the future here, I think it's most likely that the player you might see here early on is Jonah Bolden, who had a really good season at a EuroLeague level of competition playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv," Colangelo said.

      Bolden, the 36th overall pick in 2017, turned some heads while playing with the 76ers' summer-league entry shortly after being drafted, then locked down a starting role in the frontcourt for Maccabi and averaged 7.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. The forward is lauded for his above-average athleticism and seven-foot wingspan, which could make him a valuable rotational big man for the 76ers if the team elects to bring him back stateside. Bolden's performance in the Las Vegas Summer League in July will likely have a heavy influence on the 76ers' decision whether or not to add him to the roster in 2018-19.

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    • P.J. Tucker HOU SF
      Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Solid on boards again Thursday
      9h ago

      Tucker supplied eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and nine rebounds across 42 minutes in Houston's 98-94 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      Tucker continued his trademark strong work on the glass Thursday, while also helping prop up his scoring total with a 50.0 percent showing from three-point range. The veteran defensive specialist has only scored in double digits once during the series against the Warriors, but he's now hauled in between six and 16 rebounds over the last four games. He'll look to do his part when the Rockets go for the series win in Game 6 on Saturday.

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    • Kevon Looney GS SF
      Warriors' Kevon Looney: Quiet again in Game 5 start
      9h ago

      Looney mustered four points (2-2 FG), three rebounds, two assists and one steal across 22 minutes during Golden State's 98-94 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      Looney drew a second straight start for Andre Iguodala (knee), but he was understandably a bit player on offense yet again. The third-year forward has posted four consecutive four-point efforts, cementing his slotting as a cost-effective DFS punt play at most in postseason contests. Iguodala's status for Saturday's critical Game 6 remains firmly up in the air, leaving open the possibility of a third straight run with the first unit for Looney.

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    • Kevin Durant GS SF
      Warriors' Kevin Durant: Team-high scoring total in Game 5 loss
      10h ago

      Durant provided 29 points (8-22 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 10-10 FT), four rebounds and one block across 40 minutes during Golden State's 98-94 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      Durant's shot was less than sharp for the second consecutive contest, but a perfect showing from the free-throw line still helped him to a team-high scoring total. The perennial All-Star has scored at least 25 points in each of the five games against the Rockets, a streak he'll look to continue in Saturday's do-or-die Game 6.

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    • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
      Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Magnificent in Game 5 victory
      2d ago

      Tatum finished with 24 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 96-83 victory over the Cavaliers.

      Tatum was spectacular on both ends of the floor Wednesday, leading the Celtics to a crucial Game 5 victory. Tatum was unquestionably the best player on the court in this one and while it is hard to call it a breakout game given his strong season, he has certainly established himself as a star of the league. The offense seems to come with some regularity at the moment but it was his defense that shone through as he recorded four steals and two blocks. He will need to bring the same energy on Friday as the Celtics try to wrap up the series in Cleveland which would advance them to the NBA Finals.

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    • LeBron James CLE SF
      Cavaliers' LeBron James: Double-doubles despite tired effort
      2d ago

      James had 26 points (11-22 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 96-83 loss to Boston.

      James was once again the only Cavalier to warrant talking about in the lackluster loss to Boston in Game 5. James looked quite fatigued at times throughout the game and despite his solid line, was really a non-factor. The series now heads back to Cleveland for Game Six which is an elimination game for the Cavaliers and James is going to need to summon all his strength if he is to prevent the Celtics from advancing to the NBA Finals.

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    • Kevon Looney GS SF
      Warriors' Kevon Looney: Underwhelms in Game 4 start
      2d ago

      Looney drew the start for Andre Iguodala (knee) and supplied just four points (2-6 FG), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 26 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      The fourth-year big man's line ultimately wasn't any different from those he'd produced during the prior two games when he came off the bench and logged under 20 minutes. Looney's lack of production wasn't necessarily due to poor shooting as much as it was to modest usage, as his six shot attempts were easily the fewest among the first unit. With Iguodala having been upgraded to questionable prior to Tuesday's contest before ultimately sitting out, it's certainly conceivable -- but still uncertain -- that he returns for Thursday's Game 5, a development that would presumably push Looney back to the second unit.

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    • Eric Gordon HOU SG
      Rockets' Eric Gordon: Will start Game 6
      5h ago

      Gordon will move into the starting lineup for Saturday's Game 6 against the Warriors, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.

      As anticipated, Gordon will take over at the other guard spot opposite James Harden after Chris Paul suffered a strained right hamstring near of the end of Thursday's Game 5. Gordon, who played 36 minutes in that contest, will likely see an even larger workload in Game 6, and coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that he expects Gordon to serve as the primary initiator when James Harden is off the floor.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Questionable for Game 6
      7h ago

      Iguodala's (knee) status for Saturday's Game 6 against the Rockets is yet to be clarified, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.

      Iguodala has missed the last two games while nursing a bruised knee, and while coach Steve Kerr acknowledged that the veteran has improved "incrementally," he noted that he has "no idea" whether Iguodala will be available Saturday night. Iguodala will likely take it easy during Friday's light practice, with a more definitive update expected at shootaround Saturday.

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    • Gerald Green HOU SG
      Rockets' Gerald Green: Solid off bench in Game 5 win
      9h ago

      Green finished with nine points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and one rebound across 16 minutes during Houston's 98-94 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      The Rockets have been playing with tight rotations during the series, but Green has logged at least 12 minutes and as many as 20 while seeing action in all five games thus far. His playing time could see even more of a bump in Saturday's Game 6 if Chris Paul (hamstring) is unable to suit up, as Green is aptly capable of providing a substantial offensive punch any time he's on the floor. He's yet to score in double digits during the series, but that could certainly change in what could be a series-clinching showdown at Oracle Arena on Saturday night.

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    • Trevor Ariza HOU SG
      Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Scuffles with shot in Game 5 win
      9h ago

      Ariza posted six points (1-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist and three steals across 42 minutes during Houston's 98-4 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      Ariza couldn't do much from the field, although a 75.0 percent showing from the charity stripe helped prop up his final line. The veteran wing broke out for a 19-point tally in Game 2 of the series, but he's drained just five of 16 attempts in Games 3-5 on his way to averaging a modest 7.0 points during that stretch. However, if Chris Paul (hamstring) is ultimately out of action for Saturday's Game 6, Ariza could certainly see an increase in offensive usage.

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    • James Harden HOU SG
      Rockets' James Harden: Nightmarish shooting night in Game 5 win
      9h ago

      Harden tallied 19 points (5-21 FG, 0-11 3Pt, 9-9 FT), four assists, three rebounds and two steals across 39 minutes during Houston's 98-94 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      Harden's scoring total may have checked in second only to Chris Paul's (hamstring) on the Rockets, but his final line would have been downright dreadful if not for a perfect showing from the charity stripe. The Beard's 0-for-11 tally from three-point range marked his first blanking from distance since Mar. 22, and his 23.8 percent success rate from the field overall was his second lowest of the postseason, ahead only of the 11.1 percent figure he'd generated in Game 2 of the first round versus the Timberwolves. Harden will look to tighten things up considerably when Houston tries for their first NBA Finals appearance since the 1995-96 season in Saturday's Game 6.

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    • Klay Thompson GS SG
      Warriors' Klay Thompson: Plays well through knee issues in Game 5
      9h ago

      Thompson (knee) turned in 23 points (8-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 43 minutes during Golden State's 98-94 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

      Thompson shook off the knee strain he'd picked up in Tuesday's Game 4 defeat to check in behind only Kevin Durant in scoring for the Warriors. The 28-year-old actually generated his best scoring total since Game 1 of the series, while his 57.1 percent success rates from both the field and long distance were his best since Game 2 of the first-round series versus the Spurs. Thompson will look to provide an encore performance in Saturday's win-or-go-home Game 6.

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    • Chris Paul HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Paul: Ruled out for Game 6
      6h ago

      Paul (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's Game 6 against the Warriors, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.

      Paul tweaked his troublesome right hamstring with just under a minute left in Thursday's Game 5 win, and while he was able to walk off the court under his own power, he was visibly hampered. The fact that Houston has already ruled him out well in advance of Game 6 isn't the most encouraging sign, but Paul will now set his sights on a potential Game 7 return, should the Rockets fall in Game 6. In Paul's absence, expect Eric Gordon to take on a much larger offensive burden.

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    • Shane Larkin BOS PG
      Celtics' Shane Larkin: Likely out for Game 6
      7h ago

      Coach Brad Stevens said he does not expect Larkin (shoulder) to be available for Friday's Game 6 against Cleveland. "He's progressing," Stevens said, "but I don't think he'll be available for [Game 6] or for the next."

      The reserve guard played key minutes off the bench in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but he's been nursing a sprained left shoulder, and Friday will mark his seventh consecutive absence. Given Stevens' quote, it seems unlikely that Larkin would be available for Sunday's Game 7 (if necessary), but he could return for the NBA Finals, should the Celtics close out the Cavs.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Solid all-around effort in Game 5 loss
      9h ago

      Curry delivered 22 points (8-17 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and four steals across 41 minutes during Golden State's 98-94 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of their Western Conference playoff series Thursday.

      Curry flipped the script a bit from a shooting perspective as compared to the last two games, when he'd found success from behind the arc but struggled from in front of it. The reverse was mostly true Thursday, as the nine-year veteran was a blistering 6-for-9 from two-point range. After opening the series by scoring in the teens over the first pair of contests, Curry has tallied between 22 and 35 points in Games 3-5. He'll look to make pivotal contributions again in Saturday's critical Game 6 on his home floor.

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    • Chris Paul HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Paul: Undergoing treatment, will be reevaluated Friday
      18h ago

      Paul (hamstring) is undergoing treatment and his status will be updated Friday, Brett Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      After scoring 18 second-half points Thursday, Paul appeared to suffer a hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 and was unable to return. Hamstring injuries are difficult to return quickly from, which makes the short turnaround before Game 6 all the more unfortunate for Paul and the Rockets. Friday's update will shed more light on his outlook for Game 6 and beyond.

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    • Chris Paul HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Paul: Suffers apparent hamstring injury in Game 5 win
      19h ago

      Paul came out of Thursday's Game 5 matchup against the Warriors with an apparent hamstring injury, Ben Golliver of SI.com reports.

      Paul had put together a tremendous second half to position the Rockets for a victory before he pulled up lame with a hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists over 38 minutes. An update on Paul's status for Game 6 will be provided once more information is available.

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    • Terry Rozier BOS PG
      Celtics' Terry Rozier: Three steals in Game 5 win
      1d ago

      Rozier delivered eight points (3-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, six assists and three steals across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 96-83 ECF Game 5 win over the Cavaliers.

      Rozier suffered another rough shooting night, but was a major part of Boston's successful defensive effort, helping limit the Cavs to only 83 points. Rozier's three steals stand out, but it was his ability to avoid being isolated on LeBron James that highlighted an improved Celtic approach on defense. The third year point guard is shooting a lowly 37 percent during the Eastern Conference Finals, yet Boston has a 3-2 lead. The Celtics will look to wrap up the series Friday night in Cleveland.

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