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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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Baron Davis' iconic dunk elicits vivid memories from former Warriors

Baron Davis' iconic dunk elicits vivid memories from former Warriors

Programming note: Watch all four of the "We Believe" Warriors' wins over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

In Game 3 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals, the Warriors led the Utah Jazz by 20 points with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

That's when Baron Davis drove baseline and delivered one of the great dunks in NBA playoff history, as he posterized Andrei Kirilenko.

Several members of that "We Believe" Warriors squad recently reminisced about BD's iconic dunk while speaking with Golden State broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald.

Jason Richardson: "I was thinking he was gonna kind of clutch and get the and-one. And then when he put his hand back and he just cocked the ball back, I was like, 'Oh, he's about to do this.' And he put it down on him. That was the loudest the arena was ever. That dunk right there.

"It was just so in your face. The fans were into it. It was a big moment. It was a top-five dunk I've ever seen."

Stephen Jackson: "When he went up to dunk I was kind of in awe because he wasn't feeling that good all season to be doing something like that. So I knew it was adrenaline. I was in shock. And I think he was still kind of shocked. We didn't really know how to celebrate.

"So it was kind of odd. So I remember just following him and I started wiping him off -- dusting him off. There's an old saying: 'Dust the dirt off your shoulders.' That was a crazy moment."

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Matt Barnes: "One of the best dunks I've seen. But just the energy in the arena. It was a special moment."

Monta Ellis: "Knowing Baron -- his body has to be feeling real good for him to be able to attempt that. So when he went up -- and when he hit bodies with him -- I knew he was gonna try it. So when he dunked it -- oh my goodness.

"Man. It was amazing (laughter). I've never seen nobody get dunked on like that. That was crazy."

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It truly was incredible.

If you were watching it live, you never will forget where you were when you lost your mind.

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Chris Mullin identifies biggest issue with NBA's player empowerment era

Chris Mullin identifies biggest issue with NBA's player empowerment era

The player empowerment era in the NBA has had plenty of positive repercussions for the game. Stars aligning in major markets through free agency has been big business for the league, and the intrigue of the offseason has expanded the NBA’s popularity among American sports fans.

But one downside according to NBA Hall of Famer and former Warrior Chris Mullin is the lack of chemistry among teams with rosters constantly in flux.

“The biggest factor what you said is free agency,” Mullin said on NBC Sports’ “Lunch Talk Live.” “There wasn’t as much movement with the star players. You’d build your teams around those guys, you would run in veterans to try and help them get over the top, the core stays the same which helped chemistry, helped with teamwork.”

Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ core stayed together for nearly a decade, while Kevin Durant and the Warriors’ union lasted less than half that.

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There wasn’t nearly the same level of income available to players during Mullin’s heyday, as NBA salaries have ballooned in the 21st century. There is a lot more incentive for the league’s stars to examine all options in free agency.

Team chemistry has evolved in the NBA, as teams now depend on stars and simply putting out as much talent as possible that loyalty and keeping a group together no longer are the priority.

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