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Clint Capela: ‘We are better’ than Golden State

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Superstar guard James Harden called the Houston Rockets’ 116-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night important “for our swag,” which was soaring after the Rockets claimed the regular-season series over the defending NBA champions.

“We’re confident because we know if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to beat them,” Rockets center Clint Capela told ESPN. “We’ve got to keep playing. We know that they’re going to come back if we have the lead, and we’ve just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes I feel like, in the past, we were all dragging down after mistakes. But today, we were ready. I think that if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do on defense — all the switches, the weak side — and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them.

“We are better than them.”

Houston won two of three meetings with Golden State this season. The Rockets rallied from a 17-point deficit for a road win in the season opener despite Chris Paul playing on a bruised knee that sidelined him for the next month. Golden State won in Houston on Jan. 4 in a game in which Warriors star Kevin Durant and MVP front-runner Harden sat out because of injuries. The Rockets withstood a Warriors rally from a 17-point deficit, with the lead changing six times in the fourth quarter, to claim a tiebreaker that Houston hopes to make relevant.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Report: Tim Hardway Undergoes Surgery on Left Tibia

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Tim Hardaway Jr. underwent successful surgery on Thursday to address a stress injury to his left tibia. The injury forced the Dallas Mavericks’ guard to miss the final 11 games of the season.

Hardaway will immediately start his rehabilitation process and will return to basketball activities prior to the beginning of next fall’s training camp.

The Mavs acquired Hardaway in a Jan. 31 blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks that involved seven players and two draft picks. In 19 games with the Mavs – including 17 starts – Hardaway averaged 15.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per contest.

Source: Dallas Mavericks

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Sources: Dwight Howard to Exercise Player Option

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Not a shocker obviously, but Dwight Howard has opted into his $5.6 million deal for next season (player option) with Washington, sources say.

Source: Zach Lowe on Twitter

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Sources: Grizzlies Hire Rich Cho, Glen Grunwald to Front Office Roles

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Memphis Grizzlies are adding two former GM’s to front office, hiring Rich Cho as VP of Basketball Strategy and Glen Grunwald as Senior Advisor, league sources tell ESPN. Memphis expected to make more additions in front office this offseason.

Cho was a GM with Charlotte and Portland and Grunwald with New York and Toronto. Zach Kleiman was recently promoted to Executive VP of Basketball Operations and leading the day-to-day for Grizzlies.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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