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The Thunder offense wasn't always smooth. The Thunder shots weren't necessarily falling. But OKC attacked from the start. The Thunder shot 28 first-half foul shots, and even accounting for the six on intentional fouls of Andre Roberson, that's an impressive number. After Golden State drew within 32-30 early in the second quarter, the Thunder got to the line five times in the next 10 possessions. And it didn't stop there. Outside of Roberson, the Thunder made all 14 of its second-quarter foul shots. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams combined to make 26 of 28 foul shots, including 17 of 18 in the first half. Oklahoman
Steph Curry missed some open shots. But he also was hounded by a variety of Thunder defenders, as Billy Donovan's switching philosophy continues to work. Curry missed nine of his first 10 shots and finished just six of 20, including 2-of-10 from 3-point range. The Thunder seemed intent on running Curry off the 3-point line, content to bother him on a drive. It worked. Oklahoman
The Warriors, to their credit, made this one hairy after trailing 72-53 at halftime. Klay Thompson sizzled in the third quarter, scoring 19 straight Warrior points to get Golden State within 80-74. Then Thompson was whistled for his fourth foul, he went to the bench and the Thunder spurted away. Golden State scored just 20 points the final 16:21 of the game. Oklahoman
Draymond Green’s performance in a 118-94 loss to Oklahoma City in Game 4 brought neither him nor the Warriors any comfort. Game 3 was the worst of his four-year career, and Game 4 was about as bad. “I don’t think the last 48 hours affected me,” Green said. “But I think it’s the first time in my life that I didn’t respond to critics. That’s what’s kind of been my story.” CSN Bay Area
Draymond Green: “Like I said before, I bring the energy to this team, and I have not been there,” he said. “I think our energy goes as my energy goes, and I’ve been awful.” CSN Bay Area
The Cavaliers were about to take over in the final five minutes of Game 4. Cleveland trailed by 16 at the half, by nine at the end of three quarters. They looked so efficient on offence in the fourth quarter that they seemed unstoppable. And then it happened. Right after Richard Jefferson’s basket put the Cavs ahead for the last time, 96-94. The Raptors owned the final 4:53, outscoring Cleveland 11-3 in those 294 seconds that turned the series to a best-of-three — from all but a foregone conclusion to an unexpected nail-biter. The Raptors were supposed to win one game, maybe. But nobody thought two games — not even the Raptors players, if they were being honest. And here they are Wednesday night in Cleveland, looking to do the impossible. National Post
The Utah Jazz will host another workout Wednesday as they continue to prepare for the June 23 draft. This pre-draft tryout includes several higher-profile players, including teen phenom Thon Maker, a 7-foot big man from Australia and Sudan; projected first-round pick Demetrius Jackson, a Notre Dame point guard; and North Carolina guard Marcus Paige, who hit that ridiculous game-tying 3-pointer late in the NCAA championship game that his team ended up losing to Villanova after a buzzer-beater. Deseret News
Jeff Hornacek is going to change the New York Knicks' offense. That much we know. What's unclear is how, specifically, Hornacek plans to tweak things. Carmelo Anthony said in recent interviews that he expects to play quicker under Hornacek, whose deal with the Knicks is expected to be completed in the coming days. ESPN NY
"One thing I do know is he wants to play as a fast-paced team, up tempo," Anthony said in a Q&A with the NBPA published Tuesday. "You just look at the teams that he's coached in Phoenix, and how quickly they wanted to get up the court and play. We still have time to figure everything out as far as sitting down and seeing what he wants and seeing what we want as a team. And we'll figure that part out." ESPN NY
The NBA Draft Deadline is at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. This date is not actually an NBA deadline. It is an NCAA deadline, and only applies to college players. International players have additional time to decide if they are keeping their name in the NBA Draft. CSN MidAtlantic
Ex-NBA All-Star Kermit Washington -- who famously KO'd Rudy Tomjanovich in a game in 1977 -- was arrested by federal agents today as part of an investigation involving Homeland Security, TMZ Sports has learned. Homeland Security Investigations spokesperson Shawn Neudauer tells us, "Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arrested former NBA player Kermit Washington in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, on a federal arrest warrant as part of an on-going investigation." TMZ Sports
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