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D’Antoni has sights on 3 more years minimum

[ad_1] 8:57 PM ETAdrian WojnarowskiESPN The Houston Rockets and coach Mike D'Antoni have had preliminary discussions on the framework of a contract extension that would keep the two-time NBA Coach of the Year from entering the final year of his deal."I've let (GM) Daryl (Morey) and (owner) Tilman (Fertitta) know that I'm energized to keep coaching --- and believe that I can continue to do this at a high-level for
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Rockets not bringing back defensive guru Bzdelik

[ad_1] The Houston Rockets are not renewing the contract of associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik, one of the architects of the team's defensive turnaround this past season."Jeff's contract was up. It will not be renewed," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told the Houston Chronicle. "We're looking for any way to improve. That goes for players, coaches, front office, everything."Bzdelik, 66, was convinced to come out of retirement in November after
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Rockets not re-signing defensive guru Bzdelik

[ad_1] The Houston Rockets are not renewing the contract of associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik, one of the architects of the team's defensive turnaround last season."Jeff's contract was up; it will not be renewed," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told the Houston Chronicle. "We're looking for any way to improve. That goes for players, coaches, front office, everything."Bzdelik, 66, was convinced to come out of retirement in November, after the
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Giannis, Harden, Paul George all finalists for MVP

[ad_1] Reigning NBA MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets is one of three finalists for the award for the 2018-19 season, the league announced Friday.Joining Harden, who led the league in scoring with 36.1 points per game, in the top three are Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder.2 RelatedAntetokounmpo, the only player out of the three whose team is still competing
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Which player had best sneakers of 2019 NBA conference semifinals?

[ad_1] 3:50 PM ETNick DePaulaESPN In many ways, the stage for Game 6 in Houston was set for the Golden State Warriors to hearken back to the starting points of their "Strength In Numbers" mantra-led run.Not only was Andrew Bogut back in the starting lineup, but without Kevin Durant on hand, the all-hands-on-deck approach was needed more than ever to end the Houston Rockets' season for a second year in
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The Warriors really wanted this moment in Houston

[ad_1] HOUSTON -- It wasn't a championship celebration. But it was close.As each player made his way into the Golden State Warriors' locker room after their Game 6 118-113 elimination win over the Houston Rockets on Friday, there were waves of yells, applause and backslapping. Eleven of them had played and nine of them had scored. Each had a moment to be appreciated."Great rebound." "Awesome getting that loose ball." "Huge
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Rockets owner vows ‘our time is going to come’

[ad_1] HOUSTON -- After tipping his cap to the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta defiantly guaranteed that James Harden will lead his franchise to championships."They kicked our ass on our home court," Fertitta said after the Warriors eliminated the Rockets for the fourth time in five seasons, ending Houston's season with a 118-113 win in Friday's Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. "They beat us by
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While Harden’s goals evolve, his results remain frustratingly stagnant

[ad_1] HOUSTON -- James Harden headed straight for the tunnel as the final buzzer sounded at the end of Friday's Game 6, not giving so much as a nod or glance of acknowledgement toward the victors.It's hard to blame Harden for not wanting to see any more of the Golden State Warriors, the dynasty that keeps dooming his Houston Rockets.Harden will have to wait at least one more year to
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Kevin Durant was unstoppable — so how do the Warriors replace him?

[ad_1] Before his right calf injury on Wednesday, Kevin Durant wasn't just leading the Golden State Warriors in scoring, he was the leading scorer in the entire NBA playoffs. As the Warriors face the Houston Rockets on the road in Game 6 (Friday, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN) without KD, how they replace his incredible 34.2 points per game this postseason is the biggest immediate question.Can Golden State find new,
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Warriors big underdogs on news of Durant injury

[ad_1] 5:01 PM ETDoug KezirianESPN CloseSportsCenter anchor Behind The Bets podcast hostKevin Durant's right calf strain has unsurprisingly caused a drastic shift in the NBA playoffs betting market and could produce a different championship favorite for the first time all season.With Durant out for Game 6 Friday against the Rockets, the two-time defending champions are now consensus 7.5-point underdogs in Houston. That spread would be the largest Golden State has