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Phil is 'glad for' J.R., Shump & Pablo

Phil Jackson tweets that departed players needed to find a "comfort zone." He also tweeted his opposition to the way some teams use the 3-point shot.

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If the Lakers don't pick a big man at No. 2 in the draft, is the door open for the Knicks to get either Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 4?

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

The Rockets are paying Josh Smith $2M for this season. The Pistons will pay him a total of $36 million to NOT PLAY thru 2020.

Because he's so Smoove

Josh Smith is a career 25% shooter from 3-point range in the playoffs and has never made more than four in a game. So of course he already has three 3-pointers in the first quarter, helping the Rockets take a 14-point lead early on ESPN.

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Smith makes Van Gundy a believer

Jeff Van Gundy said of an NBA team coming back from a 3-0 deficit, "I don't think it'll ever happen." Then Josh Smith knocked down his second 3-pointer of the game, leading JVG to say, "If he makes those shots, it WILL happen." Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Warriors 0-4 to start the game and Rockets are 4-7. This nine-point edge is the Rockets largest first quarter lead of the series.

Rockets rock Warriors early

Looking to force a Game 5, Houston opened the game on a 9-0 run, forcing an early Golden State timeout. The Rockets are 3-0 when facing elimination this postseason. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Steph's 3's vs. Dwight's frees

Somehow, Steph Curry is shooting better on 3-pointers than Dwight Howard is on free throws this postseason. Perhaps that is contributing to Golden State's 3-0 series advantage. (via @TommyBeer)

Warriors look to finish sweep

Golden State hasn't been to the Finals since 1975. Houston is looking to prevent a return trip, but the Rockets will have to do something no team has ever done: Overcome a 3-0 deficit. Watch Game 4 on ESPN/WatchESPN

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No Golden State player has been to Finals

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET (ESPN/WatchESPN), the Warriors will attempt to advance to the Finals. The last team to win the NBA title without a player with any prior Finals experience was the Chicago Bulls in '90-91. (via Elias)

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A t-shirt tiff before tip of Game 4

There are a fair number of Warriors fans in Houston tonight, and the team reportedly handed out "Strength in Numbers" shirts to said fans. A Rockets official reportedly voiced displeasure with the move, calling it "unprofessional." (via Marcury News' Marcus Thompson)

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Draymond Green is a defensive dynamo

Steph Curry's heroics probably get the most attention, but Green's virtuoso performance on the defensive side has Golden State one win away from the NBA finals.

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LeBron puts his teams on his back

No one fills the box score for his team like LeBron James -- literally. He's head and shoulders above everyone else in NBA history as a statistical team leader.

Stephen Curry's specialty

The MVP is shooting 44.8% from beyond the arc this postseason, slightly up from his regular season 44.3%. But from the left corner Curry has missed just one triple in 13 games, shooting a ridiculous 91% from that area.