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Kevin Durant given 16th technical foul, won't be suspended for Game 1


Kevin Durant given 16th technical foul, won't be suspended for Game 1

Kevin Durant picked up his 16th technical foul of the season Wednesday night, which normally equates to a one-game suspension.

But don’t worry: The Warriors star won’t be banned from Game 1 of the first-round playoff matchup against the LA Clippers

The technical foul accumulation penalty resets in the postseason, so everything starts fresh. KD knew what he was doing.

"I knew it starts over in the playoffs," Durant told reporters after the Warriors' loss in Memphis. "And I kind of figured [official Kane Fitzgerald] would rescind that one anyway, so I wasn't too nervous."

The NBA did indeed rescind the technical foul on Thursday, NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock confirmed.

Durant was bemused over being called for his 16th tech early in the first quarter in the Warriors’ 132-117 loss to the Grizzlies, as Durant was whistled for bumping into an official. However, KD spoke to Fitzgerald after the play and chalked it up to a misunderstanding.

"[Fitzgerald] said I bumped into him after I was walking back to the scorer's table," Durant explained to reporters after the game. "I did bump into him, but it wasn't intentionally, and I was going to wipe my feet off. He thought I was following him to the scorer's table. But you guys see I wipe my foot off after every stop of play.

"So, it was miscommunication. We talked about it and said he was going to look at it. I'm sure he's going to send it in to the league to get that rescinded."

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In the playoffs, all players get a clean slate and are allowed seven technical fouls before being suspended by the NBA.

Even if the tech wasn't rescinded, KD would be out there for Game 1. But now “seven” instead of “16” is the number to monitor as the Warriors' playoff run starts.

NBA playoff schedule 2019: Warriors-Clippers first-round dates, times

NBA playoff schedule 2019: Warriors-Clippers first-round dates, times

NorCal vs. SoCal -- it's on.

The No. 1-seeded Warriors will face the No. 8-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, which begins Saturday.

Here's the full series schedule:
Game 1 -- Saturday at 5 p.m. PT in Oakland (TV: ABC)
Game 2 -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. PT in Oakland (TV: NBC Sports Bay Area)
Game 3 -- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PT in Los Angeles (TV: NBC Sports Bay Area)
Game 4 -- Sunday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. PT in Los Angeles (TV: ABC)
Game 5 -- Wednesday, April 24 with time TBD in Oakland (TV: TBD) **If Necessary**
Game 6 -- Friday, April 26 with time TBD in Los Angeles (TV: TBD) **If Necessary**
Game 7 -- Sunday, April 28 with time TBD in Oakland (TV: TBD) **If Necessary**

Pregame coverage begins 90 minutes before every game of the series on NBC Sports Bay Area and the MyTeams app.

The Dubs wrapped up their spot atop the Western Conference last Sunday, but they had to wait until the last day of the regular season to know who they would play first.

It's a dream matchup for Golden State, as the Dubs get to limit their travel while also playing against a Clippers team that, by almost every measure, has overachieved this season. Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams are quality players, but they are unlikely to be able to match up against the star power of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Co.

The Warriors won the season series with Los Angeles three games to one, with LA's lone victory coming in overtime back on Nov. 12 -- the infamous game in which Draymond Green and Kevin Durant got into a heated confrontation.


Rockets break NBA record by making 27 three-pointers in one game


Rockets break NBA record by making 27 three-pointers in one game

The Houston Rockets made NBA history Sunday night.

James Harden and Co. made 27 3-pointers in a 149-113 rout of the last-place Phoenix Suns, breaking the previous single-game record of 26 -- which the Rockets set themselves earlier this season.

The Beard led the way with 30 points, including 5-of-6 from deep. Eric Gordon had eight longballs, and P.J. Tucker dropped in four of his own. The Rockets as a team shot 27-of-57, good for a scorching 47.4 percent from beyond the arc.

The Rockets are currently the No. 3 seed in the West and are red-hot as of late, having won six straight games. The way Houston is playing, it would not be surprising at all for the Rockets and Warriors to face each other in the Western Conference finals-- a rematch of last season’s epic seven-game series.

In Game 7 of their 2018 series, the Rockets infamously made a different kind of history by missing 27 consecutive 3-pointers, which led to a 101-92 Warriors road win. The 27 straight bricks set a playoff record for most consecutive misses from deep (it tied the overall NBA record).

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So while the Rockets were on the right side of history Sunday night, any time the words  “27,” “3-pointers,” and “Rockets” are uttered in the same sentence, Warriors fans are immediately reminded of the Rockets’ futility in the clutch last season.

So congrats on this regular-season record, Houston -- we’ll see what happens again come playoff time.