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NBA rumors: Rockets flying to Bay Area in case Warriors beat Clippers

NBA rumors: Rockets flying to Bay Area in case Warriors beat Clippers

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Friday night at 5:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Warriors lost Game 5 to the Clippers on Wednesday night and will play Game 6 on Friday night in Los Angeles.

But the Rockets clearly expect Golden State to eventually advance to the next round because they're apparently already Bay Area bound.

At this point, it's unclear if the Rockets' viewing party will be serving pizza or pasta or chicken parm, or perhaps all of the above? Maybe they'll go with salmon and rice instead?

If the Warriors drop Game 6, they will host the Clippers in Game 7 on Sunday afternoon, and there will be another Rockets viewing party in the Bay.

If the Warriors win Game 6, they will host the Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday afternoon at 12:30.

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If the Warriors lose Game 6 and Game 7, James Harden and Co. will fly back to Houston to host the Clippers in Game 1 next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Make sense? OK, good.

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Ja Morant, top NBA draft prospect, chooses Kevin Durant over LeBron James

Ja Morant, top NBA draft prospect, chooses Kevin Durant over LeBron James

Ja Morant soon will know his first NBA team, but he can't exactly pick his teammates. 

The Murray State guard is considered one of the best prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft. He'll likely be a top three pick come June 20, with many pegging him to the Grizzlies at No. 2 overall.

If he could chose his ultimate starting five, though, he'd only have one Warrior. 

"Whew it's a tough decision for the 3. I don't know if I'd pick KD or Bron," Morant said on the latest episode of Take it There with Taylor Rooks. "Probably KD. Because Bron, but I feel like I can be that facilitator for this team." 

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Morant rounded out his lineup with himself as the point guard, Paul George at shooting guard, Giannis Antetokounmpo at power forward, and Anthony Davis at center.

Morant averaged 24.5 points, 10 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore this season for Murray State.

Draymond Green doesn't care if Warriors face Bucks or Raptors in NBA Finals

Draymond Green doesn't care if Warriors face Bucks or Raptors in NBA Finals

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Who will the Golden State Warriors face in the NBA Finals?

The Milwaukee Bucks won the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, but the Toronto Raptors evened things up by taking both contests north of the border.

Ultimately, the Dubs' opponent is completely out of their control so there's no need to waste energy hoping for a specific matchup.

"I don’t really care who we play," Draymond Green told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group after the Warriors' Game 4 win in Portland on Monday night. "Whichever team we play, it’s going to be a good battle.”

During the regular season, Draymond -- who was named to the All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday -- did not play in the Warriors' 134-111 loss to the Bucks at Oracle Arena on Nov. 8.

He also missed Golden State's 105-95 victory in Milwaukee on Dec. 7.

That means the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year hasn't squared off against Giannis Antetokounmpo since March 29, 2018.

“If that’s who I play, obviously you take that challenge on and you appreciate the challenge playing against a player who is as good as Giannis," Draymond told BANG.

Draymond was not in uniform when the Dubs lost in Toronto on Nov. 29 (when Kevin Durant scored 51 points), and it was just his second game back after missing the prior 11 when Golden State got crushed at Oracle by the Kawhi Leonard-less Raptors on Dec. 12.

What happened during the regular season truly doesn't matter and the Warriors will have plenty of time to prepare for either opponent.

For now, Draymond is just enjoying the extended time off. But you better believe he's looking forward to showcasing his talents on basketball's biggest stage.

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“Draymond is a competitive guy. He loves those type of matchups. He’s the best defender in the league,” Kevon Looney told BANG. “I feel way more comfortable with my defense when I got Draymond behind me.

"He takes our defense to another level."

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