NBA COACHING CHANGES-ROCKETS WARRIORS PLAYOFFS

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Stan Van Gundy was highly successful with the Heat and Magic. He’s probably still good enough to coach in the NBA, especially when not also splitting his time as team president.

After getting fired in Orlando, Van Gundy waited three years to return to the sideline. He accepted the Pistons’ job only when they offered front-office control. He probably won’t get that anywhere again, but he’ll also likely remain choosy. By Dan Feldman

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Lloyd Pierce has been part of “the process” in Philadelphia, one of the assistant coaches under Brett Brown that has developed players and helped build that team into one that is about to become a power in the East for the foreseeable future. Now he’s going to get the chance to build something of his own. By Kurt Helin

(Kerr dispels Rockets’ edge: ‘Our guys have rings)

The Rockets have had the Warriors on their minds all season, so much so that general manager Daryl Morey said in December that beating them is “the only thing we think about.” Now, with the teams just days away from locking horns in the Western Conference finals, a popular narrative is that Houston has an edge because it’s the hungrier team. Stars like James Harden and Chris Paul never have won a title; the Warriors have captured two in the last three years. Golden State coach Steve Kerr, though, isn’t buying into that narrative. “No, I like where we are,” Kerr told reporters Thursday ahead of Game 1 Monday in Houston. “Our guys have rings. That’s a good position to be in. By ESPN

Halfway There: A Closer Look at the Warriors’ Playoff Performance Thus Far

After defeating the Pelicans in Game 5 on Tuesday night, the Warriors are now halfway to their ultimate goal. Golden State has eliminated both San Antonio and New Orleans over the course of the first two rounds of the 2018 Playoffs, and will now take on the top-seeded Houston Rockets for the right to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. By NBA

NBA playoffs: Warriors’ Steve Kerr says “we’re peaking at the right time”

The term once caused Draymond Green to lower his eyebrows, scratch his head and dispute a reporter’s line of questioning. On Nov. 9, Green did not exactly agree that Warriors guard Stephen Curry was peaking in only his ninth NBA season. By Mercury News

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