If Game 5 is necessary in the OKC Thunder-Houston Rockets series, game time at Chesapeake Energy Arena will be Wednesday at either 7 p.m. or 8:30.
If Game 5 also is necessary in the New York-Boston and/or Indiana-Atlanta series, the Thunder and Rockets will tip off Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
If Game 5 is necessary only in the Thunder-Rockets series on Wednesday, tip off at The Peake will be at 7 p.m. on TNT.
Former OKC guard James Harden and his Houston Rockets teammate said they did not feel the play that has sidelined Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook with a right knee injury was a “dirty” play in any way.
Rockets guard Patrick Beverley collided with Westbrook as he was calling for a timeout midway through the second quarter.
“Sad, sad story,” Harden told the Houston Chronicle. “Russell's one of my friends. To see him out injured when he hasn't missed a game his whole career, I'm sorry to hear that.”
According to Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley in Las Vegas, the Thunder has dropped to being a co-favorite to win the Western Conference title and advance to the NBA Finals following the knee injury suffered by point guard Russell Westbrook.
OKC and the San Antonio Spurs are now 3/2 favorites to win the West.
“Since we have re-opened our updated championship odds, we have not seen a bet on the Thunder and their price may drift even further if that continues,” Bradley said in a release Friday night.
Odds to win NBA title
(pre-injury odds in parentheses)
Miami Heat 1/2 (5/9)
OKC Thunder 7/1 (4/1)
San Antonio Spurs 7/1 (9/1)
New York Knicks 14/1 (14/1)
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1 (20/1)
Denver Nuggets 25/1 (28/1)
Indiana Pacers 25/1 (25/1)
Chicago Bulls 45/1 (45/1)
Memphis Grizzlies 60/1 (66/1)
Golden State Warriors 75/1 (90/1)
Brooklyn Nets 100/1 (100/1)
Boston Celtics 150/1 (150/1)
Houston Rockets 150/1 (350/1)
Los Angeles Lakers 150/1 (150/1)
Atlanta Hawks 350/1 (350/1)
Milwaukee Bucks 500/1 (3000/1)
Odds to win Western Conference
OKC Thunder 3/2 (11/10)
San Antonio Spurs 3/2 (2/1)
Los Angeles Clippers 11/2 (6/1)
Denver Nuggets 15/2 (8/1)
Memphis Grizzlies 25/1 (28/1)
Golden State Warriors 40/1 (50/1)
Los Angeles Lakers 66/1 (66/1)
Houston Rockets 75/1 (150/1)
The NBA Development League honored four Tulsa 66ers players Daniel Orton, Rasual Butler, Dominique Sutton and Tony Taylor to various All D-League teams as voted on by coaches.
Orton and Butler were named to the Honorable Mention Team, Sutton was named to the All-Rookie Second Team and Taylor earned a spot on the All-Rookie Third Team.
Orton and Butler are the 15th and 16th Tulsa players to be named to an All-NBA D-League team since the franchise was founded in 2005.
Orton, who qualified for the honor by playing more than 25 games, averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.2 blocks and 28.3 minutes in 29 games (all starts). He posted eight double-doubles and scored in double figures 17 times.
Butler, who was named the D-League Impact Player of the Year last week, finished the regular season averaging 17.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 32.6 minutes in 31 games (23 starts).
Four-time All-Star Kevin Durant on second-year point guard Reggie Jackson being able to fill in for Westbrook: “He's ready for it. He's ready. That's all I can really say. He's been working his tail off, just waiting for his opportunity.”
BY JOHN ROHDE