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Shootaround (April 25) -- James Harden ready to play in Game 5 tonight

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No. 1: Harden 'ready to go' for Game 5 -- The Houston Rockets are one playoff win away from reaching the Western Conference semifinals. To pull that off, they'll need everyone ready to go, starting with All-Star guard James Harden. After the Rockets won Game 4, word circulated that Harden was playing in that game with an ankle injury. Show More Summary

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant cleared to return for Game 4 against Portland Trail Blazers

Warriors forward Kevin Durant is cleared to return for tonight's Game 4 against the Blazers (10:30 ET, TNT) after missing the previous two games with a strained left calf.

Austin Rivers to return for Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Clippers will be getting reserve guard Austin Rivers back for Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.

Chicago Bulls to start Isaiah Canaan in Game 5 at Boston

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls will start seldom-used point guard Isaiah Canaan in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the lineup switch on Monday.

Larry Bird delivers Pacers' 2021 All-Star bid in an Indy car

NEW YORK (AP) -- Indiana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it -- in an Indy car.

Shootaround (April 24) -- Kevin Durant still questionable for Game 4

No. 1: Durant still questionable for Game 4 -- Given their druthers, the Golden State Warriors would always prefer to have All-Star forward and former NBA MVP Kevin Durant in their lineup. That wasn't the case on Saturday, as Durant sat out a Game 3 comeback win with a left calf strain. Show More Summary

Russell Westbrook goes on rant defending Oklahoma Thunder teammates

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Utah Jazz lose Gordon Hayward due to food poisoning

Just when the Jazz thought they were at full strength, reality set in.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert returns to lineup for Game 4

After missing all but 11 seconds of the first round, Rudy Gobert was declared good to go for Game 4 against the Clippers.

Ailing Steve Kerr won't coach Golden State Warriors in Game 4

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Ailing Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he won't be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jusuf Nurkic won't play for Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 vs. the Golden State Warriors

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jusuf Nurkic won't play for the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

Russell Westbrook clinches triple-double in first half vs. Rockets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook achieved a triple-double in the first half of Sunday's playoff game against the Houston Rockets.

Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert could return for Game 4

The Western Conference first-round matchup between the Jazz and Clippers could have a revolving-door feel Sunday for Game 4, with Blake Griffin out and Rudy Gobert possibly back in.

Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley says he was trying to protect himself

OKLAHOMA CITY -- After being fined $25,000 by the NBA for a postgame exchange with a fan Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley said he was only trying to protect and stand up for himself.

Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley fined $25K for confronting fan

NEW YORK -- Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 for confronting a fan, it was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo fined $25K for attempting to trip Boston Celtics' Jae Crowder

NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo has been fined $25,000 for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, it was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Shootaround (April 23): Golden State Warriors concerned about Steve Kerr's health

No. 1: Kerr, not Durant, is Warriors' biggest health concern -- Kevin Durant's health might not be the deciding factor for the Golden State Warriors during this postseason run, wherever it ends. That distinction might belong to Steve...Show More Summary

Report: Health could force Steve Kerr to miss rest of Warriors-Blazers series

Kevin Durant's left calf strain, which kept him out of Games 2 and 3 in the first round, had been the eye-catching note on the Warriors' injury report.

Portland Trail Blazers get center Jusuf Nurkic back in lineup

The Portland Trail Blazers announced center Jusuf Nurkic will start Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

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