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James Harden unleashes peak Rockets in one quarter

The Rockets still didn’t appear to be themselves in a tightly contested first half of Game 4 in Minnesota. And then the third quarter happened.

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Marcus Smart: Upgraded to questionable for Game 5

Marcus Smart: Smart (thumb) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Bucks. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.

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Josh Richardson: Questionable to play Tuesday

Josh Richardson: Richardson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Sixers. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.

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Dirk Nowitzki: Feeling good following ankle surgery

Dirk Nowitzki: Nowitzki said Sunday that he’s progressing as expected from the minor ankle procedure he underwent on his left ankle April 5, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.

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Freak out: Giannis leaves eatery after long wait

A Milwaukee restaurant issued a public apology Sunday night after not accommodating Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo in a timely fashion after the team’s victory over the Celtics in Game 4.

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Cavs downplay effects of Pacers’ Stephenson

The Cavaliers insist Lance Stephenson’s antics won’t influence their focus after run-ins with the Pacers guard. “It’s not worth it to give that extra energy to him,” Cavs forward Jeff Green said.

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D’Antoni, Harden: Rockets lack rhythm, in rut

James Harden agreed with coach Mike D’Antoni’s assessment that Rockets are out of rhythm. Said Harden: “It’s been a long time” since the team was really clicking.

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Kevin Durant: Confirmed playing Sunday

Kevin Durant: Durant (ankle) will play as expected during Sunday’s Game 4 against the Spurs, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.