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2017 NBA awards finalists announced

May 20, 2017

As expected, Houston's James Harden, left, and OKC's Russell Westbrook are MVP finalists. Thomas B. Shea/USA TODAY SportsFinalists for the 2017 NBA awards were announced Friday night prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. There are three finalists each for the following awards: Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Sixth Man Award, Kia NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Coach of the Year. Rapper/entertainer Drake will help reveal the winners when he hosts the first-ever NBA Awards show June 26.

Here is a running list of the award finalists:

Most Improved Player of the Year

Milwaukee PG/F Giannis Antetokounmpo: He became just the fifth player in NBA history to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, joining LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Scottie Pippen and Dave Cowens. Antetokounmpo has increased his points per game, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and field goal percentage averages in each of his four seasons....

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James Harden may need more rest next season, Mike D'Antoni says

May 13, 2017

Houston Rockets guard James Harden.HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he will rethink whether James Harden needs more rest during the regular season after the All-Star's poor performance at the end of Houston's Western Conference semifinals series.

D'Antoni, describing himself as "shell-shocked" the day after Houston's season ended with a 39-point home loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6, acknowledged after Friday's exit interviews that fatigue could have factored into Harden's poor finish.

Harden was held to 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed 6 turnovers in the 114-75 loss Thursday night. He had 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting and 6 turnovers in the second half and overtime of a 110-107 loss in Game 5, going scoreless with three turnovers in the overtime period....

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Time for Harden to embrace rest after running out of gas

May 13, 2017

Houston Rockets guard James Harden.HOUSTON -- This was the nightmare scenario for James Harden.

After a dreadful season-ending performance in Game 6 in front of his home crowd, the Rockets All-Star was accused of quitting by several Hall of Famers, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter. Smith went on to say that Harden looked "drugged" on the court and that there needed to be an investigation. A tweet from ESPN's Chris Haynes that read, "A text from a league executive: 'Has an NBA player ever been investigated for point shaving?'" generated over 1,000 retweets.

So, that's not ideal....

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James Harden after romp, ouster: 'Everything falls on my shoulders'

May 12, 2017

James Harden appeared passive for much of Game 6 and tied a season-low with 10 points, a performance which led to accusations of quitting.HOUSTON -- MVP candidate James Harden accepted that he will be subjected to intense criticism after having one of the worst playoff performances of his career as the Houston Rockets' season ended in humiliating fashion.

Harden finished with only 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting, seven assists and six turnovers as the San Antonio Spurs, playing without injured superstar Kawhi Leonard and starting point guard Tony Parker, eliminated the Rockets with a 114-75 rout in Thursday's Game 6 at the Toyota Center.

"You've got to take it for what it is," Harden said. "Everything falls on my shoulders. I take responsibility for it, both ends of the floor. You know, it's tough, especially the way we lost at home for Game 6. But it happened. Now we move forward."...

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Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series

May 12, 2017

James Harden is limited to 10 points and the Spurs didn't miss a beat without Kawhi Leonard as LaMarcus Aldridge scores 34 points in San Antonio's 39-point win over Houston to win the series.HOUSTON -- San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there.

The Spurs eliminated the sluggish James Harden and Houston Rockets with a 114-75 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night behind a season-high 34 points from LaMarcus Aldridge in a game they played without All-Star Kawhi Leonard.

Aldridge, who is in his 11th season and second in San Antonio, had failed to get out of the second round in his previous six postseason trips. He added 12 rebounds in his second big game of the Western Conference semifinal series to pick up the scoring slack with Leonard out after rolling his ankle in San Antonio's overtime victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night....

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