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Stephen Curry missed the equivalent of a quarter after taking a hard fall on his head, neck and back area near the basket in Monday night's Game 4 against the Rockets. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Warriors star and NBA MVP Stephen Curry missed the equivalent of a quarter after taking a hard fall on his head, neck and back area near the basket in the second quarter of Monday night's 128-115 loss to the Rockets.

The Warriors said that after a series of tests, it was determined Curry had no concussion symptoms; he did not undergo any X-rays. He returned and finished with 23 points in 31 minutes.

"I feel pretty good," Curry said. "Just not how I envisioned the game going."

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The memo read in part: "The Golden State Warriors will return to Oakland tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) following their 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals." Golden State Warriors

HOUSTON -- Following the Rockets' 128-115 victory over Golden State on Monday night to stave off playoff elimination, a memo was placed in the locker of every Rockets player detailing the media availability had the Warriors clinched the Western Conference finals.

The memo read in part: "The Golden State Warriors will return to Oakland tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) following their 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals."

The memo wasn't distributed to the media, but its legitimacy was confirmed by Raymond Ridder, the Warriors' vice president for communication.

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) celebrates with forward Terrence Jones (6) after a 3-point basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Monday, May 25, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON -- James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston's embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3.

Coach Kevin McHale told him the best thing to do was take that frustration out on the other team.

Harden did just that, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points as the Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western Conference finals with a 128-115 victory over the Warriors on Monday night.

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HOUSTON -- Facing the prospect of elimination from the playoffs Monday night, Rockets guard Jason Terry was adamant that Game 4 of these Western Conference finals would by no means be his last.

At 37 and soon to be a free agent, Terry told ESPN.com that he fully intends to return for a 17th NBA season in 2015-16.

"One hundred percent," Terry said before Monday's tipoff.

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LeBron, Irving among ailing Cavs going into Game 4 (May 26, 2015)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

LeBron James is among the Cavs trying to recuperate before Tuesday's Game 4. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James said there's "no rest for the weary" after the Cleveland Cavaliers' 114-111 overtime win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks. But there could be some rest for the beat-up Cavs if they sweep Atlanta in Game 4.

With a win Tuesday, the Cavs would have an eight-day break before the Finals are scheduled to begin June 4.

The rehabilitation period would be a welcome respite for several key members of the Cavs' rotation.

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Sam Daghles of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters seek for their third win of the tournament as they clash with sister squad NLEX Road Warriors in PBA Governors’ Cup action Tuesday at Cuneta Astrodome.

Talk ‘N Text and NLEX meet in the nightcap at 7 p.m. after the opening game between the Kia Carnival and the Blackwater Elite at 4:15 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

The Tropang Texters (2-1) are looking to grab a share of the second spot in the team standings. They escaped the Alaska Aces, 104-103, last May 18 in a game where star forward Ranidel De Ocampo made his return and finished with 13 points including clutch baskets down the stretch.

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Tristan Thompson receives high praise from LeBron James (May 26, 2015)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

Tristan Thompson has emerged as a consistent double-double threat this postseason in the wake of Kevin Love's season-ending shoulder injury. David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James opened up public negotiations for teammate Tristan Thompson's impending restricted free agency Monday, telling reporters that he wants the big man to stick around Cleveland for a long time.

"Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said a day after Thompson had a game-saving block in regulation followed by a game-clinching offensive rebound and kickout to James for 3 in Cleveland's 114-111 overtime win against Atlanta in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "There's no reason why he shouldn't."

Thompson, who shares an agent, Rich Paul, with James, turned down a reported four-year, $52 million contract extension offer in October before the season started.

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KIA Carnival guns for third win vs. Blackwater Elite (May 26, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Kia Carnival import Hamady Ndiaye. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

KIA Carnival guns for second straight victory against cellar-dwelling foe Tuesday as they seek a share of second place in the elimination round of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.

Eyeing a follow-up to its upset of Barangay Ginebra, KIA is tagged as the slight favorite over the Elite who, like the Carnival, are also looking to win back-to-back games for the first time in the league.

Blackwater is at 1-3 but showed that it can win tough matches.

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Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford is not at risk of missing Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Horford's flagrant foul 2 in Game 3 will stand, but there will be no additional punishment from the NBA, according to league spokesman Tim Kuck.

Horford and Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova got tangled up in the final minute of the second quarter of Game 3 on Sunday. As the two were boxing each other out, Dellavedova fell to the floor after tripping backward over Atlanta's DeMarre Carroll -- who was already on the floor -- and into Horford's right leg. Horford responded to the contact by elbowing Dellavedova.

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June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer battling Star's Marqus Blakely and Joe Devance for the rebound. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

San Miguel won a third consecutive game on Sunday and PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo believes it’s thanks to the Beermen’s developing cohesion as a team.

“Andun na yung chemistry namin, pero kailangan pa rin naming doblehin yung trabaho, kasi alam naman natin sa PBA walang kasiguraduhan. Hindi naman given kasi yung panalo,” Fajardo told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

Fajardo posted 21 points and 20 rebounds in the squad’s 100-89 win over the Star Hotshots but it wasn’t his own individual performance that impressed him but rather the Beermen’s team play.

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