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A.J. Hoffman: Tweets you did not get to see from Rockets-Warriors Game 5

Eric Gordon was a big reason the Rockets won. Jonathan Daniel

I didn't get to watch Game 5 live. I was at my cousin Logan's graduation, and I was able to completely avoid social media for the entirety of the night. I just got home, and knowing how much you missed my in-game tweeting of the Rockets games, I decided to live tweet my commentary on the DVR'ed game. I'll do my best to keep all my thoughts under 280 characters. 

First quarter

Klay missed his first shot, but he looks like he is moving way better than he was late in Game 4. Dubs will need him to be big with Iguodala out. 

The Warriors are SO SLOPPY with the ball. Turnovers are killing them this series. For a team that usually moves the ball so well, they have been horrific this series. 

Rockets are active on defense. Harden playing the passing lanes well, and the Warriors look broken on offense. 

Just over 4 minutes in and Harden is 0-967 from 3. This lead should be WAY bigger than it is. 

I hate the intentional "try to draw the foul on the three point attempt" move. Just try and make the shot. If the contact comes, cool. 

Gerald Green apparently has decided to be good this game. Rockets up 9 and on their way to a huge quarter. Game 4 they were digging out of an early hole. Let's see how they play out in front.

The Warriors have Bell, Livingston, West and Cook on the floor at the same time. How tired are they that this is a thing in the first quarter? 

Second quarter

Now Curry is doing the stupid draw the foul move that I've been bitching at the Rockets about. Stupid NBA. 

Oh my. Capela just ate up that dunk attempt by Draymond. #bullying

Man. Thank God Eric Gordon and Gerald Green came to play. Nobody else on the Rockets can make a damn shot. 

The Rockets played too much isolation offense early in the series, but at least that is their game. When the Warriors do it I am baffled because their ball movement is what makes them so great. Why go away from that?

Capela with another block. He is having a game on the defensive end. 

Man. Justin Timberlake is handsome. That guy won the friggin' genetic lottery.

It feels like the Rockets should be up by 15 at half. Then you realize that they can't make any shots. Either Paul or Harden has to step up and make something happen in the 2nd half. 

The Warriors are getting literally nothing from secondary players. KD/Klay/Steph keeping them in this game somehow. But their flow on offense is still garbage.

Third quarter

Kerr, announcers and everyone talking about how valuable the David West minutes were in the first half. Maybe I was watching something different. I saw him looking confused on defense and contributing very little on offense. 

Welcome to the game, Chris Paul. 

Warriors starting to move the ball around finally. Passing up good shots for great shots. Maybe finding a rhythm. 

The good news for the Rockets is they aren't getting boat raced in the third quarter. Kerr has dominated the halftime adjustment games until now. 

Damn, Chris Paul. He is shooting some crazy shots and they are going. Now he is dancing on Steph. This is getting fun. 

I know it's gotta be hard to tell James to chill out on these 3-pointers, but damn. They just said he has missed 17 straight 3-pointers. 0-8 in this game. Let Paul chuck up some more crazy looks instead. 

I love Draymond but he isn't valuing the basketball in this series. Sloppy passing. Poor ball handling. He needs to tighten up.

Gordon upset about the foul call, and like Webber said, it was a clean block. But he was riding Curry's hip for about 3 steps with his forearm. That is a foul, Chris. 

Rockets have a 2-man bench, and they are both BALLING OUT. Harden is a mess still, but Gordon-Green are unstoppable. Meanwhile, GSW bench is nonexistent again. 

Basketball games are so much shorter when you can fast-forward through commercial breaks. Maybe the NBA should go to the hockey/soccer method and just never stop play. 

At the end of this quarter I am going to google "Rakuten." I am guessing they are paying a pretty penny to advertise on the Warriors jerseys and I have never heard of that company. 

That is a horrible foul call on Ariza. That is solid defense. 

I get that Quinn Cook can shoot, but they need to tell that dude he is the 5th option on offense. 

Fourth quarter

Rakuten is apparently an online shopping site in Japan. Like Japanese Amazon I think. 

This is why you can't have David West on the floor. Chris Paul is smart enough to switch until West is on him, and he has no shot. Kerr knew this would happen, which is why West hasn't been getting minutes. What changed?

I just burped and tasted the grilled jalapenos on my burger from 9 hours ago. It burns like hell. 

Damn. They go to a commercial break and the Rockets lose 2 points. They were in the lead going into that timeout. 

"Quiet night for James Harden" must be their really nice way of saying Harden is playing like garbage tonight. 

Gordon did the foul drawing move again. At least it works this time. Trash defense by KD. Shot clock was running down. Make him take a bad shot. 

As bad as Harden has been tonight, at least he is getting to the line. Watching this game it is hard to believe he has 17 points but he is getting them at the stripe. 

Man, PJ Tucker is so valuable right now. That dude is doing everything for them. 

Horrible possession for the Warriors. You are losing in a dogfight game with under three minutes and you have a shot-clock violation. That should never happen. 

So of course the Rockets go down and have a shot-clock violation. LOL.

Where the hell did Eric Gordon come from?! What a shot. That dude is covering up so much right now. 

Uh oh.Chris Paul grabbing at his hamstring. Warriors can't take advantage. Probably because they gave another key shot to Quinn Cook. 

Damn. He is acting like it is bad. They can't not have him. 

Curry had the lane he wanted and missed the runner. Awesome defense by Tucker. Ariza gonna try and stretch this lead. 

Tough break for the Warriors because Draymond didn't get the timeout right away. They are gonna have to take the ball all the way down the court now. 

Oh Draymond. Oh man. Those reactions by Steph and KD basically tell you everything. 

Gordon hits his shots (of course, because he was the man tonight) and the Rockets are gonna win Game 5. That is a hard fought win. Really got it done on the defensive end and got amazing bench play. 

Hopefully CP3 is good for Game 6. Pretty wild to see the Cavs and Warriors both 1 game away from elimination. 

Something tells me there will be one more game in Houston.

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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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