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Jordan Bell honors Nipsey Hussle before Warriors' Game 3 vs. Clippers

Jordan Bell honors Nipsey Hussle before Warriors' Game 3 vs. Clippers

The death of fallen rapper Nipsey Hussle, a Los Angeles icon, hit Warriors center Jordan Bell hard. 

"I thought it was fake at first," Bell, who was born in L.A. and went to high school in Long Beach, told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock on March 31, the day of Hussle's death. "I started seeing more and more, so I went on Twitter and starting looking for verified accounts tweeting about it.

"You saw pictures of him shot in the head and all that s---. I don't know, it just f---ed me up. And finding out he died right before the game was tough, really tough."

As the Warriors' first-round playoffs series heads to L.A., Bell is honoring Hussle with a pair of customized shoes for Game 3 against the Clippers. 

Prior to Game 3, Murdock asked Bell what it means to wear the shoes in L.A.

"I mean everything," Bell said. "It's where I'm from and I think the passing of him kind of brought everybody. Even though we're not from the same exact place, we grew up from around the same area, so we're just showing love to him and what he meant to the whole city."

Hussle was shot in an L.A. strip mall outside of his own clothing store about 45 minutes before the Warriors' 137-90 win over the Hornets.

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Many Warriors looked at Hussle as inspiration, someone who was setting an example to uplift undervalued and impoverished neighborhoods. 

"He was setting examples with his actions. He was showing kids how to get money and keep money," Bell said. "I was like 'damn, I'm not buying no jewelry, I'm buying a house.'"

Warriors vs. Blazers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 4 live online

Warriors vs. Blazers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 4 live online

Through three games of the Western Conference finals, the Warriors have had little problem with the Portland Trail Blazers.

With the Moda Center crowd cranked up to 11 on Saturday, the Blazers roared out to an 18-point lead in the first half. But as was the story in Game 2, the Warriors erased the lead in the third quarter and went on to win 110-99, grabbing a three-games-to-none series advantage in the process.

Now the Warriors have a chance to break out the brooms Monday night in Game 4 and earn some much-needed rest before their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.

Golden State will once again be without Kevin Durant, and could be without Andre Iguodala who is questionable with soreness in his Achilles region.

Should the Warriors complete the sweep, they will be off for 10 days -- The Finals don't begin until May 30. 

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Blazers Game 4 on television, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central" pregame and postgame coverage live on NBC Sports Bay Area and the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 6 p.m. PT on Monday, May 20, on ESPN (pregame show starts on NBC Sports Bay Area at 5 p.m.)
Pregame/postgame show live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app
Game live stream: WatchESPN

Houston Rockets' team Twitter account suspended for violating rules

Houston Rockets' team Twitter account suspended for violating rules

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Things just aren't going well for the Rockets.

About a week and a half ago, the Warriors ended Houston's season for the fourth time in the last five seasons, as the Kevin Durant-less Dubs went in to Houston and eliminated the Rockets in their second-round NBA playoff series.

Over the weekend, the team fired its defensive coordinator, Jeff Bzdelik.

And on Monday:

At this point, we have no clue what triggered the suspension.

Oh, and how could we forget general manager Daryl Morey's strange tweet late last Friday night:

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Houston, we have a problem (sorry).

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