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PBT Extra: Klay Thompson's done well, but Warriors should throw other defenders at James Harden, too

Klay Thompson has done an admirable job defending James Harden in the Western Conference Finals — the Rockets’ cornerstone has had a near triple-double in both games in the series, but he’s doing it hitting difficult, contested shots. 84 more words

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PBT Extra: Give Warriors defense some credit for stop of Harden on last play

James Harden was nothing short of brilliant Thursday night, but that’s not what everyone is talking about.

It’s all about the last play when the Rockets had the chance to win, and Harden didn’t get a shot off. 145 more words

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PBT Extra: No DeMarre Carroll leaves Hawks in tough spot

The potential — dare we say likely — loss of DeMarre Carroll for at least a little while is a real blow to the Hawks. 86 more words

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PBT Extra: J.R. makes case for hot hand theory, is loved in Cleveland

J.R. Smith is who we thought he was.

He is a lover of the contested shot — if the NBA gave points for degree of difficulty, how much more valuable would he be? 84 more words

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PBT Extra: Draft Lottery winners start with Lakers

The NBA Draft Lottery largely followed form for a change, only one team moved up — the Los Angeles Lakers.

So when Jenna Corrado and I discussed the winners from Tuesday night, we started in LA (and finished on the other side of the country). 121 more words

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PBT Extra: Warriors small ball lineup key to Game 1 win

Throughout the playoffs, when the Warriors have needed to make a push, they went to a small lineup with Draymond Green at the five. It works for them because their defense doesn’t suffer when they add the offense, thanks in large part to Green. 69 more words

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PBT Extra: Game 1 wasn't so much lost chance as learning opportunity for Rockets

Houston pounded the ball inside in the first quarter, and by the middle of the second quarter they were up 16 points and seemingly in control of Game 1 against Golden State. 91 more words

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