NBA Daily: Rockets, Thunder Facing Crucial Game 4's, Updated Bracket, And Latest Rumors From Around The League

As the first round of the NBA Playoffs rolls on, many series are coming down to the wire with just one team - the New Orleans Pelicans - having advanced to the second round already. See which games are on the schedule for tonight and catch up on all the latest news & rumors from around the league in our NBA Daily:

Tonight's games:
(1) Houston Rockets at (8) Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 p.m. ET, TNT - HOU leads 2-1

Houston won the first two games of the series before the Timberwolves rebounded and won Game 3 in Minnesota behind a good game from star center Karl-Anthony Towns. They will try to even the series against a top-seeded Rockets team that hasn't lost back-to-back games since Jan. 6. Expect this game to be close but for James Harden to be the difference maker in the fourth quarter. Rockets win 123-118.

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder at (5) Utah Jazz
10:30 p.m. ET, TNT - UTA leads 2-1

A triple-double from Ricky Rubio carried Utah to a comfortable Game 3 win and a surprising 2-1 series lead, causing Russell Westbrook to make some bold proclamations about shutting down Rubio in Game 4. The Thunder are the more talented team and, with renewed focus, I expect them to even the series. After all, this feels like it's going seven games, doesn't it? Thunder win 108-95.

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Updated Bracket:

What They're Saying:
Kevin Durant Likes Instagram Comment Calling Russell Westbrook 'The Problem' (
Restaurant sorry for not seating Giannis Antetokounmpo in timely fashion after Game 4 win (ESPN)
Steve Kerr: Steph Curry Will Not Play 'Anytime Soon' (

Injury Report:
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is out with an injured thumb but hopes to be ready to play in Game 6 vs. Milwaukee. 

Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill is day-to-day with a back injury.

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson is listed as questionable for Game 5 vs. Philadelphia with a shoulder injury.

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