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NBA Top News: Kevin Durant scores 50, Suns interview Williams and More

Golden State Warriors beat Los Angeles Clippers to reach the second round of the NBA Playoffs as Kevin Durant exploded for 50 points, Doc Rivers is proud of his players, while Suns interviewed Monty Williams and now are looking for Portland’s assistants.

NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Kevin Durant scores 50 to power Warriors to series win over Clippers | Sporting News

Kevin Durant erupted for 50 points in Golden State Warriors’ 129-110 win over Los Angeles Clippers and helped his team reach the Western Conference semis. It was Durant’s NBA Playoff career-high and it was evident at halftime that he will explode as he had 38 points at the interval.

Doc: ‘Never been more proud of a group of guys’ | ESPN

Los Angeles Clippers lost the series with Golden State Warriors in six games but head coach Doc Rivers is happy with team’s display in this season.

“I’ve never been more proud of a group of guys in the 20 years that I’ve coached,” Rivers said after Clippers’ 129-100 loss to the Warriors. “They were just really fun. As I’ve said before, I’ve never had a group where you wanted to, in the morning, you raced to the car, you raced to practice just because you love being around them. So for me, it was just a pleasure to coach them.”

Warriors prepare for rested Harden, Houston in West rematch | Associated Press

In a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals, Golden State Warriors will face Houston Rockets in Round 2 knowing that the Rockets will be well-rested after finished their series with Utah Jazz in five games.

“We know them well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after a 129-110 over Clippers in Game 6. “They’re going to come after you and pick-and-roll. We know they’re already in the Bay waiting for us, so it will be a quick turnaround.”

Sources: Suns interview Williams; off to Portland | ESPN

Phoenix Suns will continue their head coach pursuit in Portland, where they will have interviews with Blazers’ assistants David Vanterpool and Nate Tibbetts. The Suns interviewed Philadelphia 76ers’ assistant Monty Williams on Friday, while Vanterpool and Tibbetts will also meet with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach opening.

Enes Kanter Uncertain To Play In Conference Semifinals with Separated Shoulder | ESPN

Portland Trail Blazers’ center Enes Kanter suffered a separated shoulder injury late in the series with Oklahoma City Thunder and now is uncertain to feature against Denver Nuggets or San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semis.

“I think the Blazers are doing a very good job taking care of it. But, I mean obviously, I’m not going to lie, it hurts pretty bad. I mean I’m having a hard time changing my shirt or eating food. So it’s a process. We’re just taking it day by day, see how it feels,” said Kanter.

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