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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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Kawhi Leonard Probable for Tuesday Debut

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The Spurs listed forward Kawhi Leonard as probable for Tuesday’s road matchup at Dallas, which means it’s likely that the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year will make his season debut against the Mavericks.

The club originally targeted Saturday’s game at Phoenix as a potential debut for Leonard, but sources on Friday said the forward wanted “a couple more days” to recover from the right quadriceps tendinopathy that has kept him out of all 27 of the Spurs’ games thus far this season.

Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN

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Sources: Hornets’ Cody Zeller Undergoes Surgery, to Miss 6 Weeks

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Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s expected to miss six weeks.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Clips’ Danilo Gallinari Suffers New Glute Injury

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On the same night the LA Clippers will welcome back one starter, another starter re-exits the lineup due to injury.

Power forward Danilo Gallinari, who missed 13 games with a glute injury and returned to action this past Wednesday, will miss Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to what coach Doc Rivers says is a new glute injury suffered in Gallinari’s second game back Saturday against the Washington Wizards.

Source: Lawrence Murray of ESPN

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