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According to Aran Smith of NBADraft.net, the Lakers have their eye on young big man Mitchell Robinson, and that according to a rumor floating around the Combine, the Lakers made a promise to select Robinson in the first round. That rumor is supported by the fact that Robinson has decided not to participate in pre-draft activities, which he would only do with an ironclad promise considering his specific circumstances. By SAM QUINN 

If you watched, or even heard about, the Golden State Warriors’ 126-85 pummeling of the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, you know one thing: Steph Curry broke out of his slump in the way only Steph Curry can — dropping 35 points, busting out his shoulder shimmy and screaming benevolent profanity at his home crowd, reminding all of us that Oracle Arena is, indeed, his effing house. By 

After a Game 1 in which Houston seemed out of sorts at times on offense and had few answers for the Warriors on the defensive end, the script flipped in Game 2 and suddenly the Rockets looked like the team many felt could topple the champs this season. Houston got huge efforts from its role players, as Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, and Trevor Ariza all had excellent shooting nights to provide support for Chris Paul and James Harden. By 

Jay Triano, a former NBA head coach with the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns, will join James Borrego’s staff with the Charlotte Hornets, a league source confirmed. Triano interviewed last week for the job, after being informed a couple of weeks ago he would not get the Suns’ opening after he served as that team’s interim coach most of last season. ESPN first reported early Sunday evening that Triano took the Hornets job. By RICK BONNELL

According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Towns and the franchise are “not in a good place internally” right now. Fellow ESPNer Brian Windhorst piled on to that sentiment in the same podcast, speculating that, while Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis appears to be staying in New Orleans and out of trade talks, the same may not be said for Towns. By 

Expanding the NBA isn’t an official priority for the league, but it seems inevitable that more teams will join the Association over the next decade. Where those teams go, however, seems to have a pretty solid consensus. Most feel the league will return to Seattle, possibly re-imagining the SuperSonics there in due time. By 

Real Madrid is the first team to win 10 EuroLeague titles. Doncic, who was named the Final Four MVP, scored 15 points in the championship against Fenerbahce and had 31 for the Final Four. By SCOOBY AXSON

In an alternate universe, America would love this Celtics team. Even without its two biggest stars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the young, scrappy group of guys in green is putting on an incredible show. Boston escaped the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, battled it out to beat the Sixers, and is currently embarrassing LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, exactly a year after Cleveland embarrassed them. By CHARLOTTE WILDER

Warriors coach Steve Kerr did some quick math Wednesday after Golden State’s 127–105 loss to the Rockets in the Western Conference final Game 2. When Kerr was asked by a reporter how much Stephen Curry’s injury was responsible for his performance, he had a burn for a response. Kerr paused, did some quick calculations and then busted out the final answer — “13.7%.” By CHARLOTTE CARROLL

Mike D’Antoni called out his team for playing “soft” during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. D’Antoni’s Houston Rockets were destroyed 126-85 in the game. They were blown out in the second half, getting outscored by 10 in the third quarter and 20 in the fourth. “We played soft actually,” D’Antoni said after the game. “You can’t do that against these guys.” By Larry Brown

 

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