NBA notes: Harden set despite having strep throat

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Houston Rockets star James Harden has been diagnosed with strep throat and is still expected to play Friday night in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden had what the team called flu-like symptoms on Wednesday, but he scored 31 points with seven 3-pointers to lead the Rockets to a 107-100 win in Game 5.

The team said Harden was treated by doctors for the condition Thursday afternoon.

The Rockets have cut the lead in the series to 3-2 and are trying to become the first team in NBA history to win a best-of-seven playoff series after trailing 3-0.

Jackson fined

Golden State coach Mark Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating in the Warriors’ playoff series with Denver.

After Golden State’s 107-100 loss at Denver on Tuesday night, Jackson repeatedly mentioned Kenneth Faried’s foul in the first half, when the Denver forward stuck out his right leg and moved his body while Warriors star Stephen Curry ran through traffic.

“They tried to send hit men at Steph,” Jackson said. “There were some dirty plays early.”

No sympathy

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph expressed no sympathy for the condition of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

Asked how Griffin’s right ankle sprain injury might affect the matchup of power forwards when the two teams meet Friday for Game 6 of their first-round series, Randolph was dismissive, telling ESPN that he was nursing his own injuries.

“Banged up?” Randolph asked. “I'm banged up. You forgot about my ankle? Banged up. My ankle is as big as a balloon. Talk to the trainers. It’s the playoffs.”

Wolves’ Kahn out

David Kahn is out as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Flip Saunders is coming in.

The Timberwolves said that owner Glen Taylor decided not to pick up the option for next season on Kahn’s contract.

Three people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Taylor is putting the finishing touches on a deal to hire Saunders as Kahn’s replacement.

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