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Marat Kogut, 'MVP' of Warriors' loss, left off NBA playoff referee roster

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Marat Kogut, 'MVP' of Warriors' loss, left off NBA playoff referee roster

The list of 36 referees chosen to officiate the 2019 NBA playoffs was announced Saturday, and the man Steph Curry referred to as an "MVP" wasn't one of them.

The fact that Curry felt compelled to refer to Marat Kogut as the most valuable player in a controversial Warriors loss to the Timberwolves back on March 29 likely is a big reason why.

After a swipe at Curry's legs went uncalled and Kevin Durant's would-be four-point play was waved off, the Warriors lost the game when Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns converted a free throw at the end of regulation, after a questionable-at-best foul was called on KD.

Curry, Durant, Draymond Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr were highly critical of the officiating following the loss, and Curry zeroed in on Kogut in particular.

"You have to ask the MVP of tonight, [Marat] Kogut," Curry said as he departed his postgame press conference, still visibly frustrated.

Curry, Durant and Green eventually were fined for their comments, but a couple weeks later, they're participating in the playoffs, and Kogut is not.

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The 36 officials selected were chosen based on their performance during the 2018-19 regular season, and Kogut clearly did not qualify. 

Given the heated relationship between the Warriors and officials over the course of the season, that's probably a good thing. And here's venturing a guess to say the Dubs weren't too disappointed to see Kogut left off the list.

NBA rumors: Chris Paul wants out of Houston, Stephen A. Smith hears

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NBA rumors: Chris Paul wants out of Houston, Stephen A. Smith hears

Houston, you have a problem.

The James Harden-Chris Paul arrangement on the Rockets could be ending soon.

And it comes at a bad time for the Rockets, who now could have a chance for the 2020 NBA championship with the Warriors licking their wounds from a brutal Finals loss.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith dropped this bit of news on his radio show Friday while talking to NBA insider Brian Windhorst.

"In the end, it's this: With Kevin Durant out, with Klay Thompson out for most of the season, one could argue the Houston Rockets now have a window to get to the NBA Finals," Smith said. "But you're also hearing Chris Paul wants out, Chris Paul wouldn't mind going somewhere else, preferrably LA, maybe, we don't know, with LeBron. We don't know. But you're hearing he wants out."

Smith dropped the "Los Angeles" nugget before the Lakers agreed to acquire All-Star big man Anthony Davis in a trade with the Pelicans on Saturday.

The Lakers will have between $27 million and $32 million left in salary-cap space, so they could try to acquire Paul to fill their point guard hole. But the New York Times reported that the Lakers have their eyes on free agent Kemba Walker, a much younger option.

Paul's remaining contract could be an issue, though. He's owed $38.5 million in 2019-20, just over $41 million in 2020-21 and just over $44 million in 2021-22.

"I would never say that CP3's untradeable," Windhorst said. "He's tradeable, for sure. But he's not tradeable in a way that makes their team better."

If the Rockets break up their two-headed monster, you can give the Warriors a large hand in causing its demise. Golden State has ended Houston's season each of the last two years. The Rockets believed they were better than the Warriors, but each season, they were proven wrong.

[RELATED: Lakers start arms race to dethrone Warriors]

Under the Warriors' watch, the Los Angeles Clippers, led by Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, broke up. The LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers broke up after four consecutive NBA Finals matchups. Soon, the Rockets could be the next team to come crashing down because they were unable to get past Golden State.

LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers with Instagram post

LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers with Instagram post

The blockbuster trade isn't official, but that didn't stop LeBron James from weighing in.

A few hours after ESPN reported that the Lakers and Pelicans have agreed to a trade that would send Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, LeBron posted this on his Instagram feed.

LeBron is getting the running mate he desperately needs in LA. No offense to Kyrie Irving or Dwyane Wade, but Davis is the best player LeBron will play with during his Hall of Fame NBA career.

So you can understand LeBron's excitement.

Even former Lakers president Magic Johnson likes the trade.

Yes, Magic just praised the guy he claims stabbed him in the back during his time with the Lakers. Weird times in Los Angeles.

Chances are, if any Warriors player acknowledges the trade on social media, they won't share the same level of excitement as LeBron.

The Lakers are re-tooling their roster just as the Warriors are licking their many, many wounds from an NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors.

[RELATED: Lakers need more than Davis]

Just two days after that bitter defeat, seeing LeBron and the Lakers acquire Davis is not the news they wanted.