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Supporting cast the difference for Rockets vs. Thunder

USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick discusses the advantage the Rockets had in their series with the Thunder.        

Gordon Hayward returns to lift Jazz to 3-2 series lead over Clippers

Gordon Hayward scored 27 as the Jazz pushed the Clippers to the brink of elimination.        

Ex-NBA commissioner David Stern weighs in on rest debate

Stern took issue with the Nets' decision to rest players on the final night of the season.        

Utah's Gordon Hayward lifts Jazz over Clippers

The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.        

Russell Westbrook reflects on historic season, praises teammates

Russell Westbrook's historic 2016-17 campaign has officially come to a close.        

Shootaround (April 26) -- Marcus Smart laughs off Jimmy Butler's Game 4 comments

No. 1: Smart vows to rise above fray, laughs off Butler's comments -- Like another first-round series in the Eastern Conference (Wizards vs. Hawks), the Boston Celtics-Chicago Bulls matchup is getting chippy. At least it is in terms of soundbites and posturing. Show More Summary

NBA Investigating After Rockets Owner Yelled at Ref

Leslie Alexander yelled in the ear of referee Bill Kennedy. The post NBA Investigating After Rockets Owner Yelled at Ref appeared first on SLAMonline.

Proof that Westbrook's teammates lost him Game 5

How valuable is Westbrook? The stats don't lie.        

Cleveland OKs last chunk of financing to upgrade Cavs' arena

Cleveland officials have committed the final chunk of financing for $140 million in upgrades planned at the Cavaliers' home, Quicken Loans Arena        

Rockets determined to play better in conference semis

James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason        

In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer

The NBA is holding its Basketball Without Borders program in Israel for the first time this summer        

Post Up: Thank You Russ

Russell Westbrook's historic season came to an end Tuesday night. The post Post Up: Thank You Russ appeared first on SLAMonline.

WATCH: Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley Continue Trash Talk in Postgame

The Russ vs. Beverley rivalry continues. The post WATCH: Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley Continue Trash Talk in Postgame appeared first on SLAMonline.

Spurs win crucial Game 5 against Grizzlies

San Antonio goes up 3-2 against Memphis behind another solid game from Kawhi Leonard and a lift by Patty Mills off the bench.        

Rockets 105, Thunder 99 | Houston wins Series, 4-1: James Harden Scores 34 as Rockets Oust the Thunder

Houston won the first-round Western Conference playoff series, 4-1. Oklahoma City had plenty of chances late in Game 5, but it missed shot after shot.

WATCH: Russell Westbrook Drops 47 Points in Last Outing of 2016-17 Season

Thanks for an unreal season, Brodie. The post WATCH: Russell Westbrook Drops 47 Points in Last Outing of 2016-17 Season appeared first on SLAMonline.

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