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Watch Draymond Green pick contact lens off court, put it back in eye

Watch Draymond Green pick contact lens off court, put it back in eye

When you're in the middle of a high-intensity NBA playoff game, sometimes you do things that make people cringe.

That's what Draymond Green did late in the first half Saturday night in Portland.

During a stoppage with 4:26 remaining in the second quarter of Game 3, the Warriors forward lost a contact lens. Once he located it on the Moda Center court, he picked it up and walked back down the court to play defense against the Trail Blazers.

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Despite the Warriors trailing 66-53 at halftime of the Western Conference finals showdown, Green put up monster numbers in the first half, with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.

And he had one dirty contact lens.

Evidently, it didn't bother him much in the second half, either, as he ended the third quarter with another playoff triple-double.

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 coming to an end soon.

And it comes at a bad time for the Rockets, who could now have a chance to go to the NBA Finals in 2020 with the Warriors licking their wounds from a brutal NBA 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 from the Pelicans on Saturday.

The Lakers will have between $27 and $32 million left in cap space, so they could try to acquire Paul to fill their point guard hole. But the New York Times is reporting 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 their season each of the last two years. The Rockets thought they were better than the Warriors, but each season, they were proven wrong.

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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 straight NBA Finals matchups. Soon, the Rockets could be the latest 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.

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