NBA releases Las Vegas summer league schedule

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If you’re a casual NBA fan, two to four games remain before next season.

But if you’re a junkie, the NBA Finals aren’t your last fix. The summer leagues offers many more games before next season. Las Vegas alone – there’s also one in Orlando – features 67 games, all of which will be televised by NBA TV, including 38 live.

Here’s the full schedule:

All Times listed are PACIFIC

* denotes broadcast live on NBA TV

Friday July 11

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Dallas* (Game 1)

3 PM – Toronto vs. LA Lakers* (Game 2)

5 PM – Cleveland vs. Milwaukee* (Game 3)

7 PM – Sacramento vs. San Antonio* (Game 5)

Thomas & Mack

5:30 PM – Golden State vs. Charlotte (Game 4)

7:30 PM – NBA D-League vs. New Orleans (Game 6)

Saturday July 12

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Portland  vs. New York* (Game 7)

3 PM – Toronto vs. Denver* (Game 9)

5 PM – Phoenix vs. Golden State* (Game 11)

7 PM – Houston vs. Miami (Game 13)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – Atlanta vs. Washington (Game 8)

3:30 PM – Dallas vs. Minnesota (Game 10)

5:30 PM – Chicago vs. LA Clippers (Game 12)

7:30 PM – Utah vs. Philadelphia* (Game 14)

Sunday July 13

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Cleveland vs. San Antonio* (Game 15)

3 PM – Sacramento vs. Charlotte* (Game 17)

5 PM – Chicago vs. Denver* (Game 19)

7 PM – Milwaukee vs. Phoenix* (Game 21)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – LA Lakers vs. New Orleans (Game 16)

3:30 PM – Atlanta vs. NBA D-League (Game 18)

5:30 PM – Portland vs. Houston (Game 20)

7:30 PM – Washington vs. Minnesota (Game 22)

Monday July 14

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Charlotte* (Game 23)

3 PM – Toronto vs. Dallas* (Game 25)

5 PM – Cleveland vs. Philadelphia* (Game 27)

7 PM – Golden State vs. LA Lakers* (Game 29)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – Sacramento vs. NBA D-League (Game 24)

3:30 PM – San Antonio vs. New Orleans (Game 26)

5:30 PM – Miami vs. LA Clippers (Game 28)

7:30 PM – Utah vs. Milwaukee (Game 30)

Tuesday July 15

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Portland vs. Atlanta* (Game 31)

3 PM – LA Clippers vs. Houston* (Game 33)

5 PM – Philadelphia vs. Phoenix* (Game 35)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – Chicago vs. Minnesota (Game 32)

3:30 PM – Miami vs. Washington (Game 34)

5:30 PM – Utah vs. Denver (Game 36)

Wednesday July 16

COX Pavilion

1 PM – # 9 Seed vs.  #24 Seed* (Game 37)

3 PM – #11 Seed vs. #22 Seed* (Game 39)

5 PM – #13 Seed vs. #20 Seed* (Game 41)

7 PM – #15 Seed vs. #18 Seed* (Game 43)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – #10 Seed vs. #23 Seed (Game 38)

3:30 PM – #12 Seed vs. #21 Seed (Game 40)

5:30 PM – #14 Seed vs. #19 Seed (Game 42)

7:30 PM – #16 Seed vs. #17 Seed (Game 44)

Thursday July 17

COX Pavilion

1 PM – #8 Seed vs. Winner of Game 37* (Game 45)

3 PM – #6 Seed vs. Winner of Game 39* (Game 47)

5 PM – #4 Seed vs. Winner of Game 41* (Game 49)

7 PM – #2 Seed vs. Winner of Game 43* (Game 51)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – #7 Seed vs. Winner of Game 38(Game 46)

3:30 PM – #5 Seed vs. Winner of Game 40 (Game 48)

5:30 PM – #3 Seed vs. Winner of Game 42 (Game 50)

7:30 PM – #1 Seed vs. Winner of Game 44 (Game 52)

Friday July 18

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Game 37 Loser vs. Game 38 Loser* (Game 53)

3 PM – Game 41 Loser vs. Game 42 Loser* (Game 55)

5 PM – Game 45 Loser vs. Game 46 Loser* (Game 57)

7 PM – Game 49 Loser vs. Game 50 Loser* (Game 59)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – Game 39 Loser vs. Game 40 Loser (Game 54)

3:30 PM – Game 43 Loser vs. Game 44 Loser (Game 56)

5:30 PM – Game 47 Loser vs. Game 48 Loser (Game 58)

7:30 PM – Game 51 Loser vs. Game 52 Loser (Game 60)

Saturday July 19

Thomas & Mack

1 PM – Game 46 Winner vs. Game 51 Winner* (Game 61)

3 PM – Game 47 Winner vs. Game 50 Winner* (Game 62)

5 PM – Game 45 Winner vs. Game 52 Winner* (Game 63)

7 PM – Game 48 Winner vs. Game 49 Winner* (Game 64)

Sunday July 20

Thomas & Mack

3 PM – Game 61 Winner vs. Game 62 Winner* (Game 65)

5 PM – Game 63 Winner vs. Game 64 Winner*(Game 66)

Monday July 21

Thomas & Mack

6 PM – Game 65 Winner vs. Game 66 Winner* (Game 67)

Draymond Green guarantees Warriors will beat Rockets in Western Conference finals

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr is confident despite his team trailing the Rockets 3-2 in the Western Conference finals.

Golden State forward Draymond Green goes further.

Green, via Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic:

“We still winning this,” Draymond Green said. “Book it.”

Of course, Green is confident. He’d never say he expects his team to lose.

But he didn’t need to frame it this way. He could’ve said he was just focused on the next game rather than make such a bold proclamation.

He’s taking pressure upon himself and putting his reputation on the line. If Golden State loses, especially in Game 6 at home with Chris Paul out, Green will be widely mocked.

If he and the Warriors pull through, he’ll probably deserve praise for setting a tone that helped them advance.

Danny Green: Kawhi Leonard told me he wants to stay with Spurs

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The Spurs are reportedly worried Kawhi Leonard‘s camp wants to get him to the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks or 76ers.

Leonard hasn’t said much himself – except apparently to San Antonio teammate Danny Green

Get Up on ESPN:

Green:

I talk to him here and there, check up on him, see how he’s doing.

I think he wants to be in San Antonio. He’s let me know that. He’s let me know verbally he wanted to be there. So, we’ll see what happens.

Green has tried playing peacemaker throughout this saga – going as far as denying tension that clearly exists. He’s not the most reliable source.

And even if Leonard explicitly told Green he wants to remain in San Antonio, I’m not sure Leonard is confrontational enough to tell Green he wanted out, even if he did.

Those caveats acknowledged, this could be a huge revelation.

If Leonard wants to stay with the Spurs, the next step is meeting with them, mending their relationship and convincing them he deserves a super-max extension (which projects to be worth $219 million over five years). No matter how Leonard feels about San Antonio right now, if the Spurs don’t trust investing so much in him, that could lead to a fractured relationship and his exit.

So, there’s still a lot to sort out. But Green saying this means something.

LeBron James flips elimination-game game on its head

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His Cavaliers down 3-2 to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, how does LeBron James assess his situation?

"I don’t enjoy being in the position where it’s you lose and go home," LeBron said before Game 6 tonight in Cleveland.

He might not enjoy this position, but he’s pretty good in it.

Since he first reached the playoffs in 2006, other teams have won 26% of their elimination games. LeBron’s teams have won 57% of theirs.

Of course, LeBron hasn’t gone 12-9 in elimination games just because he’s lucky. He has willed his team off the mat numerous times.

LeBron has scored 40 points and/or had a triple-double in six straight elimination games, winning five of them. His line in his last elimination game before that streak? Just 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists.

A full history of LeBron’s elimination games:

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Rockets played with fire with Chris Paul, got burned

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Chris Paul played 79 minutes in three days.

Prior to Games 4 and 5 of these Western Conference finals, he hadn’t done that in more than two years. He hadn’t done it without both games going to overtime in more than three years.

The Rockets leaned heavily on the 33-year-old Paul, and they’ll pay the price.

Paul will miss Game 6 against the Warriors tomorrow. Given how quickly Houston ruled out Paul with a strained hamstring, he seems unlikely to play in a potential Game 7 Monday.

Injuries are somewhat – but not completely – random. Players are more susceptible when worn down. After missing the close of the 2016 postseason, Paul missed 45 games the last two regular seasons. He has accumulated a lot of mileage in his 13-year career.

Yet, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni drastically shortened his rotation, anyway. Not only did Paul play big minutes in this series, he shouldered a huge load. He took the reins of the offense at times, allowing James Harden to conserve energy for defense, while maintaining his own strong-two way play. That’s never easy, especially in these high-intensity games.

This was the risk.

We can feel bad for Paul and his predicament. We can also acknowledge Houston got this far by gambling on Paul’s health.

That’s not to say it was a bad bet. This is what you save him for, the biggest playoff series of his career and maybe one of the last before he exits his prime. The Rockets would have been far worse off to this point resting Paul extensively and protecting him. Even with such a heavy workload, an injury was never fait accompli. And Houston got plenty from Paul before he went down. He was instrumental to wins in Game 4 and Game 5 that gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Now, they just must hope that’s enough of a head-start into a world of playing without Paul.