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Without Steph, Warriors Close Out Rockets

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This was not a competitive game, which says something about the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, their desultory foe. From the beginning of the Warriors’ series-clinching 114-81 win in Wednesday’s Game 5, James Harden was efficient, but he was one of the weak links on a defense that totally collapsed. The end came quickly for the Rockets.

On offense, Houston was a one-man team, wholly dependent on Harden. “Don’t get me wrong, he was great,” Draymond Green said after the game. “[Harden] was scoring the basketball every way. He hit some tough shots, 2s and 3s. But when you dominate the ball like that, that’s one thing Coach Kerr’s really trying to teach us — move the ball, because it just creates rhythm.”

Source: Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Source: 76ers Trade Khyri Thomas to Pistons

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Philadelphia’s No. 38 overall pick Khyri Thomas will be traded to Detroit, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Sources: Kings Trade Gary Trent Jr. to Blazers

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Gary Trent Jr. is headed to the Blazers in a trade, league source tells ESPN.

Portland will send Sacramento to two future second-round picks for Trent, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Sources: 76ers Trade Mikal Bridges to Suns

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Sources: Philadelphia is trading Mikal Bridges to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith.


Sources: Suns have traded Zhaire Smith and 2021 Miami first-rounder to 76ers for Mikal Bridges.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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